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The problem with 'the will of the people'

Separatist movements expose flaws - elected officials not doing jobs, failure to explain governance and neglect of minority rights.

Iraqi Kurds protesting Baghdad's crackdown on separatism. Kurdistan's push to divide Iraq into three independent, confederated nations risks further enmity and bloodshed.


IN the early 1990s, as remnants of the Berlin Wall were transformed into a tourist attraction, there was a near-unchallenged presumption that governance, through the democratic will of the people, would underpin our future. Germany, once divided by two opposing ideologies, united...

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