Eurosphere agenda: “Voting begins in Scottish referendum

I hope Scotland leaves, and I hope England follows them

Britain is a dying project. A Yes would not only be good for Scotland but good for England; a major blow for popular sovereignty against unresponsive, undemocratic and incompetent rule.


The NHS has become the burning issue of the Scottish Independence Referendum. OurNHS takes a close look, and finds in favour of the Yes campaign.

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Many wants to separate in Europe. via @TopcuElmas

Scottish supporters of staying in the United Kingdom are 4 percentage points ahead of secessionists, with just a day to go before Scots vote in an independence referendum, three different opinion polls showed.

The Yes campaign is a campaign for Scottish nationalism

Many Yes campaigners may not be motivated by nationalism, but it’s important to understand.

You would be forgiven for considering this obvious, but it is in fact deeply controversial. For many of its supporters a Yes vote bears no relation to nationalism; it is a vote for democracy, fairness, and progress. This is not deceit either. They are not trying to sell nationalism falsely. They believe that their progressive ideals can be best realised through Independence. They are socialists, progressives and radicals, not nationalists. Nonetheless, they have joined a nationalist campaign, justified primarily by implicitly nationalist arguments

The referendum on independence for Scotland puts the EU in an unprecedented situation which is worth assessing on the basis of a series of legal, political and diplomatic considerations, writes Yves Bertoncini


How a Vote for Scottish Independence Could Affect the Caribbean

Labour for Scottish Independence; photo by Màrtainn MacDhòmhnaill, used under a CC BY-NC 2.0 license.


Voting begins in Scottish referendum

People in Scotland begin voting on whether the country should stay in the UK or become an independent nation.

What’s missing from the oil debate around Scotland’s referendum?

The UK collects less tax revenue from its oil than almost any other country on earth. Scotland could do much better.

Oil has been central to the arguments about Scottish independence. The SNP tell us there are decades of crude left in the North Sea, and that there should be an oil fund. Westminster politicians say there’s not much oil left.


An audio report on the generational divide over Scottish independence, talking to experts and young people voting Yes. The first piece in the Precarious Europe project, launched today.

This week, Scottish voters will decide whether or not Scotland goes independent. It’s neck and neck, and divided along generational lines. Young people are more likely to want to leave the UK, with the grey vote bringing the average down.

The peculiar coin of English nationalism

English supporters of a No vote often cling to Britishness as a remedy for England’s alleged ills: intolerance, ethnic nationalism, and so on. Yet we lose none of our tolerance in a Yes vote. We are the same England, and we should embrace this opportunity for constitutional renewal.


Today openDemocracy begins a partnership with Precarious Europe, a new media platform dedicated to documenting the experiences and perspectives of young people in Europe.

Precarious Europe launches today. Since the three of us decided to found the project, it has been shaped by friends, supporters, contributors and by openDemocracy which has agreed to be a project partner.

France’s embattled Prime Minister narrowly survived a confidence vote yesterday, by a margin of twenty-five votes. Addressing legislators, he painted a dramatic picture of the European economy, and demanded that the pace of deficit reduction be brought down.

U.S. Strategy to Defeat ISIL

Today, Secretary of State John Kerry appeared before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to discuss the United States’ strategy to defeat the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), a terrorist organization that is killing innocent, unarmed civilians in both Iraq and Syria.  In his testimony, Secretary Kerry said:

The parliaments of Ukraine and the EU ratified the association agreement on Tuesday. However its free trade provisions won’t enter force until the end of 2015. The members of parliament in Kiev also passed a law granting eastern Ukraine more autonomy. Commentators criticise the concessions to Russia and the separatists and see many obstacles still blocking Ukraine’s path towards the West.

As the US technology group is hit by tough scrutiny from European regulators, it has learnt the lessons of its peers to find influence
The ‘digital agenda’ was a key plank of Jean-Claude Juncker’s ‘campaign’ to become European Commission President and will be one of the top priorities for the next five years. Indeed, his new look Commission has its own dedicated ‘digital single market’ cluster, which incorporates a large number of the Commission departments:

Brave new Hungary

Fidesz does not have any coherent ideology, but depending on the context, employs elements of various currents, mixing neo-conservative tropes (God, Patria, Family) with anti-globalization arguments (anti-corporation, anti-finance), classic populist slogans with anti-EU and anti-minority refrains echoed by extreme right groups.


Legal prostitution in Europe: the shady facade of human trafficking

Criminalising the buying, rather than the offering, of sexual services is one of the ways to fight the transnational criminal networks behind the trafficking of women.

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