French ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy returns to politics, announcing on his Facebook page that he will seek the leadership of main centre-right party.
Sweden: Immigrants dismayed by far-right gain

Anti-immigration Sweden Democrats party – with roots in the neo-Nazi movement – recently won 12.9 percent of the vote.
Scotland sends Europe’s elites a warning

LONDON

In Aberdeenshire, more than 87 percent of people voted on Scotland’s independence referendum; in Clackmannanshire, the number was above 88 percent; in the Western Isles, it was close to 90 percent. One remote Highland peninsula actually achieved a 100 percent turnout — meaning that all 98 residents showed up to vote

The people of Scotland have rejected independence from the United Kingdom more clearly than anticipated. According to the official results of Thursday’s referendum, a good 55 percent of voters ticked “No”. The UK is nonetheless facing a new beginning, commentators write, praising London for its openness in dealing with the Scottish separatists.

 

Dying for Europe

With some 1,600 asylum-seekers having died in the Mediterranean Sea since June 1, Europe’s policy toward migrants and asylum-seekers is clearly in need of reform. While Europe cannot help all of those fleeing violence and destitution, it can certainly do more, especially if it adopts a unified approach.

 

Europe’s Bargain

Eurozone member countries should implement fiscal and structural reforms in exchange for short-run relaxation of fiscal constraints – not to increase liabilities, but to focus on growth-oriented investments to jump-start sustained recovery. If they do, private investors would take note, accelerating the recovery process.

Scotland vote a blow to Europe’s separatists?

Separatist movements in Spain, Belgium and Italy may face headwinds following Scotland’s decision to stay in the UK.

By Catherine Brölmann and Thomas Vandamme

By a narrow margin, the 300-year-old union between Scotland and the rest of the United Kingdom survived the referendum held on 18 September 2014. British – and Scottish – membership in the EU has been one of the prominent factors in the political debate, which has addressed issues like the effect of a reduced UK on the balance of power within the EU and the consequences of Scottish independence for the imminent ‘Brexit’ referendum. Yet the legal framework for secession within the Union, which these political narratives presuppose, is all but clear. In this blog we explore some important legal and political aspects of the scenario of secession within the Union.

Now Scotland has had its say, who is next to vote?

The Scottish vote has shown it is possible to have an independence referendum for nations within the EU. So who are the likely candidates to go next?

The Scottish vote has shown it is possible to have an independence referendum for nations within the EU. So who are the likely candidates to go next?

 

 

The Japanisation Of Europe

A Fistful Of Euros » A Fistful Of Euros by Edward Hugh

By now it should be clear that the monetary experiment currently being carried out in Japan (known as “Abenomics”) is fundamentally different from the kind of quantitative easing which was implemented  in the United States and the United Kingdom during the global financial crisis. In the US and the UK QE was implemented in order to stabilize the financial system, while in Japan, and now the Euro Area (EA) the objective is to end deflationary pressures and reflate economies which are arguably caught in some form of liquidity trap.

 

Revamping Europe’s Tattered Social Contract

Project Syndicate by Kemal Derviş  /

Europe’s economy needs deep supply-side reforms, so that fiscal stimulus translates into sustainable long-term growth, not just temporary spurts and further increases in countries’ debt ratios. But too many call for structural reforms without specifying their content or considering the social, historical, and political context.

 

Britain is on borrowed time: the future of Scottish independence

open Democracy News Analysis – by Gerry Hassan

The British state has bought itself some precious time. If it does not use it wisely, this debate will be back in a decade and Scotland will produce a second referendum.

Egmont Paper (EGMONT) No. 65, May 2014 Egmont – Royal Institute for International Relations By David Koranyi & Sami Andoura (Eds) * The Egmont Institute and the Atlantic Council publish their Joint Report on « Energy in the Mediterranean: Promise or Peril ? », edited by Sami Andoura and David Koranyi. In order to address
LSE IDEAS – Strategic Updates, SU14.1., June 2014 London School of Economics and Political Science Theodoros Tsakiris * Energy cooperation that would alleviate EU gas dependence on Russian imports and (prospectively) Turkish transit could constitute such a core interest not only for Israel, Cyprus and Greece but for several leading EU member states with important

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