Joan Barcelo-Soler (NYU): Contextual Effects on Subjective National Identity and Nationalist Vote in Catalonia. Gregory Slysz on why the quest to establish a European "national" identity will fail. Gordon N. Bardos on how the spectre of separatism haunts Europe. Nationalism is a virus, federalism the cure: John Thornhill reviews De la Democratie en Europe by Sylvie Goulard and Mario Monti. The preface from The Politics of Nation-Building: Making Co-Nationals, Refugees, and Minorities by Harris Mylonas. From The Guardian, was the first world war accompanied by a rising literary nationalism? The Rest is Noise festival is set to examine the ways in which national spirit permeated the cultural landscape in the years either side of 1914. From The Globalist, the Germans did not have an overseas empire in the 18th century — how did they still become a force in trade, science, religion and exploration?; and how did Germany link its own ideas to those emerging from France, North America and South America in the late 18th and 19th centuries? Alex Danchev reviews The Nation Made Real: Art and National Identity in Western Europe, 1600-1850 by Anthony D. Smith.