Today I interviewed George Friedman about secession movements in Europe. Friedman was born in Hungary in 1949 to Holocaust survivors. His family fled Hungary’s Communist regime. Friedman made it to New York and eventually earned a Ph.D. in government at Cornell University, became a professor, and in 1996 founded Stratfor, which is a geopolitical intelligence firm based in Austin, Texas. He’s a noted author and speaker on international affairs. I called Friedman after reading an article he posted on Stratfor’s website this week, “The Origins and Implications of the Scottish Referendum.” Here’s what he said, along with a table of secessionist hot spots across Europe.