Analysis 05 Oct 17

Catalonia’s Independence Push Echoes Across Balkans

The Spanish region’s bid for independence has reverberated across the Balkans, which has a history of separatism and where some regions harbour similar ambitions.

Ana Maria Luca, Sven Milekic, Danijel Kovacevic, Perparim Isufi, Maja Zivanovic
Bucharest, Zagreb, Banja Luka, Pristina, Belgrade
Two young women wearing a Spanish flag and an 'estelada' or independence flag, walk along the street to take part on a demonstration in Barcelona, Spain, October 3. Photo: Beta/AP/Emilio Morenatti

Haunted by recent ethnic conflict and still troubled by separatist drives, the Balkans has kept a close eye on recent events in Catalonia, as well as on Spain’s, Europe’s and the world's response.

Events in the coming days, in which Catalan officials have pledged to declare independence, and Spain’s reaction to this, may well influence the future of Bosnia’s Serb-dominated entity, Republika Srpska, as well as the Serbian province of Vojvodina.

Kosovo, as well as other countries and ethnic groups in the region, all stand to be affected.

Subscribe to Balkan Insight Premium to read the full article.

Please login to your account below if you are already a Premium Subscriber.

Buy Premium Subscription

Our Premium Service gives you full access to all content published on, including analyses, investigations, comments, interviews and more. Choose your subscription today and get unparalleled in-depth coverage of the Western Balkans.

Buy Premium Subscription

If you have trouble logging in or any other questions regarding you account, please contact us

Talk about it!

blog comments powered by Disqus

Premium Selection

14 Dec 17

Youth Olympics Kindle Hopes of Unity for Sarajevo

The Bosnian capital Sarajevo became divided from the mostly Serb-populated East Sarajevo because of the war, but they are now preparing to hold the 2019 European Youth Olympics Festival together.

14 Dec 17

Homecoming Kosovo Serbs Face an Uncertain Future

The secrecy surrounding a newly-built settlement in northern Kosovo highlights the problems facing Serbs who have returned to Kosovo after the war – and how they need security and jobs as well as houses.

08 Dec 17

Skiing Serbia: The Highs and the Lows