BBC News - Scottish independence: EC's Barroso says new states need 'apply to join EU'
Manuel Barosso is talking in the context of Scotland and Catalonia, and possibly Flanders, seeking 'independence' from their current States.
This is significantly different mood-music from the European Commission/EU which has undermined the nation states of europe for years; but also brought in East Germany without any application palaver, and formerly announced that Georgia and Ukraine were welcome merely 'if they met the criteria'.
Nicola Sturgeon of the Scottish National Party counters that there is no provision for EU citizens (Rem Lisbon Treaty) to be expelled by the Union (ouch!).