On 19 November I’ll give a short impulse speech to open a debate on independence movements in Europe at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, my former academic home (and where I’m a fellow now). The debate brings together a number of good speakers, from Catalonia, Scotland, Brussels and Berlin. We’ll discuss questions such as: What are the lessons of the Scottish referendum for other regions in Europe? How might the upcoming battle over Catalonia’s constitutional future resolve itself? What role might the EU play in forwarding or limiting the ambitions of independence movements? Given the recent salience of the issue in Scotland and now in Catalonia, this promises to be interesting and (hopefully) controversial event. Join us if you can! Details are here.