‘Fed­er­al­ism could lead to sep­a­ratism’

Manila Times - - Front Page - BY CATHER­INE S. MODESTO

SHIFT­ING to a fed­eral sys­tem of gov­ern­ment could lead to states even­tu­ally se­ced­ing and declar­ing in­de­pen­dence or join­ing a neigh­bor­ing state, an ex­pert on Cen­tral Euro­pean af­fairs has warned.

Krys­tian Cho­laszczyn­ski, a political sci­ence pro­fes­sor at the Col­lege of So­cial and Me­dia Cul­ture in Poland, cited the case of the small state of Crimea, which was granted au­ton­omy by Ukraine but was later an­nexed by Moscow.

“Fed­er­al­iza­tion, for me, can be a dan­ger­ous thing,” Cho­laszczyn­ski said in a lec­ture at the Univer­sity of Santo To­mas in Manila on Thurs­day.

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