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Scotland needs a pragmatic strategy for its EU and global relations

In recent months, the Scottish government has made clear its intention to increase its European and global profile. However, it is limited by the impact of Brexit, its antagonistic relationship with the UK government, and polarisation over its EU and international engagement, writes Anthony Salamone. He argues the government should use its promised Global Affairs Framework to establish a credible and pragmatic strategy which recognises these challenges and articulates a post-Brexit,...

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Revue de Presse: 24 October 2021

Share the post "Revue de Presse: 24 October 2021" To start off this week, two columns in The Week by Samuel Goldman.  First, Goldman urges those following developments in American higher education to reflect on the “institutional distinctives” of universities. He argues, “By embracing a narrow conception of research at the expense of both general education and institutional service, professors have unintentionally encouraged false friends on the left and critics on...

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“Scots and Catalans”: Comparing separatisms

Share the post "“Scots and Catalans”: Comparing separatisms" Review of J.H. Elliot, Scots and Catalans: Union and Disunion (Yale University Press). Are the United Kingdom and Scotland barreling toward a crisis over Scottish independence of the magnitude of that which rattled Spain in 2017, when Catalonia, the country’s northeast corner that includes Barcelona, unilaterally declared its independence? That possibility seems less far-fetched after early May’s...

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Scotland’s European debate will need greater depth in the years ahead

Although Europe is a major aspect of Scotland’s political conversation, the focus is principally on Brexit and matters narrowly deemed to affect Scottish interests, writes Anthony Salamone. Instead, he argues that building a meaningful European debate in Scotland, regardless of its constitutional future, will require greater depth and an appreciation of the realities of Scotland’s place within Europe. Europe has been at the core of Scotland’s politics for some time. EU membership was a...

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Assessing the impact of Covid-19 on independence movements in Catalonia, Flanders and Scotland

The Covid-19 outbreak is likely to have a lasting impact on European politics, but what does it mean for independence movements? Jonathan Parker writes on the impact so far in Catalonia, Flanders and Scotland. For three European states in particular, the Covid-19 pandemic has served to catalyse pre-existing territorial disputes and empower peripheral nationalist movements. While the UK, Spain and Belgium have all had very different responses to the pandemic, in all three cases the actions of...

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What would it take for Scotland to rejoin the EU as an independent state?

If Scotland voted for independence, it would probably apply to rejoin the EU. Despite its unique history, it would have to follow the normal path to EU accession, says Anthony Salamone. Scots are not keen on the euro and fisheries would be a flashpoint. While the Scottish government would be well-advised not to seek opt-outs of the kind the UK had, Scotland would have the potential to become a successful EU member state. Independence is perennially high on the Scottish political agenda – and...

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Battle of the mandate: Defining the dispute over a new Scottish independence referendum

The ongoing dispute over whether a new Scottish independence referendum should take place reflects very different interpretations of Scotland’s sovereignty, writes Anthony Salamone. Questions of whether Westminster or Holyrood can determine if a new referendum is held are distinct from the issue of independence itself, and will most likely continue to be contested at least until after the next Scottish parliamentary elections. Independence is the predominant issue of Scottish politics, with a...

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EU families feel more welcome in Scotland than they do in the rest of the UK

In the 2016 EU referendum, 62% of Scottish voters backed Remain, but do the experiences of EU families living in Scotland differ from those living elsewhere in the UK? Drawing on new research, Marie Godin and Nando Sigona find evidence that despite Brexit uncertainty, EU families living in Scotland feel they belong to the national community to a greater extent than in other parts of the UK. ‘I want to get out of this lunatic asylum’, says Sarah*, a Scottish mother of five married to a Danish...

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What do Scots think about Brexit and the EU?

Scotland voted to Remain, but is it really less Eurosceptic than the rest of the UK? Ian Montagu looks at public opinion and finds underlying views do not differ greatly. Nor has Brexit markedly altered the debate about independence, despite dissatisfaction with the Conservatives’ handling of the negotiations. On 23 June 2016, voters in Scotland were asked to decide on a matter of constitutional importance at the ballot box for the second time in as many years. While the UK as a whole voted...

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Illustrating the spectacular decline of Labour in Scotland and the revival of the Scottish Conservatives

Up until the 2015 UK general election, Scotland had been regarded as a Labour stronghold, with the country regularly returning a large number of Labour MPs to Westminster. But the party managed to secure only a single Scottish seat in 2015 and recent polls suggest its vote share could fall even further in the upcoming general election in June. Stuart Brown assesses where Scottish Labour voters have shifted their support to since 2015, and suggests the Conservatives could be the key...

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