While many states have disappeared in recent decades, such as Yugoslavia, the USSR, Czechoslovakia and the GDR, others carry on with difficulty. When the latter disappear, there is a tendency to dramatize the situation, often forgetting the principle of peoples’ right to self-determination, enshrined in the United Nations Charter of 1945. Yet, doesn it not rather show that Europe is maturing?
Although ignored, minority peoples are expressing themselves and claiming their rights. The Catalans want to be recognized as a nation associated with Spain, and the Scots, like the Basques, dream of independence. Others, like the Bretons and Corsicans, would at least like more respect for their languages.
Stateless nations often make the front page of newspapers. This Atlas of Stateless Nations in Europe, is dedicated to them, shedding new light on these minority peoples in search of recognition.