Document Type : Research Paper
Professor; Political Science Department, University of Tehran
PhD, Regional Studies, European Studies, faculty of Low and Politics of Tehran University
While European countries have been taking decades to form a transnational unit under the European Union, and have ceded part of their sovereignty and independence, in many of these countries secessionist movements have called for a break-up with their respective governments that have been on rise. The article seeks to clarify the correlation between convergence and separatist tendencies in Europe. The carried out studies indicate that the EU policies on minorities strengthen ethnic and local identities in a way that will allow them to involve in decision-making in determining their fate. It opens up a door to evade the constrained frames of their respective governments, and in another way, it allows minorities to have more salient role in the adoption of national policies by adjusting the national sovereignty of the member states.