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The Scots will vote on independence from the UK in mid-September. In the run-up to the referendum economic issues rather than patriotism and political self-determination dominate the discussion. What will independence cost?



Tages-Anzeiger - Switzerland | Monday, 22. September 2014

Peter Nonnenmacher on a new structure for the UK

After the British government pledged to give the Scots more autonomy, calls from England for increased regional powers can now also be heard. Whether it likes it or not the UK will have to start thinking about a new democratic system, writes London correspondent Peter Nonnenmacher in the daily Tages-Anzeiger: » more


Main focus of Friday, 19. September 2014

Scotland says No to independence

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 ... » more


Corriere della Sera - Italy | Friday, 19. September 2014

On course for a federalised kingdom

Despite their defeat in the referendum the Scottish separatists have emerged victorious, the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera comments: » more


Hospodářské noviny - Czech Republic | Friday, 19. September 2014

Cameron has proven himself as statesman

The fact that the referendum on Scotland's future took place at all was a great achievement for British Prime Minister David Cameron, the liberal daily Hospodářské noviny comments approvingly: » more


Main focus of Thursday, 18. September 2014

Scottish vote on independence

Around four million inhabitants of Scotland will vote today, Thursday, on whether their country should become independent of the United Kingdom. According to the most ... » more


La Vanguardia - Spain | Thursday, 18. September 2014

Brits show world how to do democracy

On the day of the Scottish referendum the people of Catalonia, also striving for independence, regard with envy the mutually respectful dialogue between London and Edinburgh which is lacking in Spain, the Catalan daily La Vanguardia observes: » more


Journal 21 - Switzerland | Wednesday, 17. September 2014

Statehood largely irrelevant in the EU

In today's Europe the question of whether Scotland becomes independent is far less important than is being suggested, the online magazine Journal 21 believes: » more


Irish Examiner - Ireland | Wednesday, 17. September 2014

Going solo more difficult in times of crisis

Ireland's fate in the financial crisis should serve as a warning to the Scots not to go it alone, the liberal daily Irish Examiner points out: » more


The Guardian - United Kingdom | Tuesday, 16. September 2014

Scots could federalise the UK

The heated debate about the Scottish independence referendum taking place tomorrow, Thursday, must lead to the federalisation of the country at all levels, columnist Shirley Williams argues in the left-liberal daily The Guardian: » more


El País - Spain | Saturday, 13. September 2014

Salmond will beat Cameron one way or other

Regardless of the outcome of the Scottish independence referendum next Thursday Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond will emerge as a winner, Lluís Bassets observes in his blog with the left-liberal daily El País: » more


The Economist - United Kingdom | Thursday, 11. September 2014

Brexit more likely without the Scots

If the Scots opt for independence in next Thursday's referendum the balance of power in the rest of the UK will shift in favour of the EU's opponents, the liberal weekly business magazine The Economist writes: » more


Le Soir - Belgium | Wednesday, 10. September 2014

Scotland will give Flemish populists a boost

If Scotland does opt for independence from the UK on September 18 it could put wind in the sails of the right-wing populist N-VA, which wants to make Flanders an independent state, the liberal daily Le Soir fears: » more


The Irish Times - Ireland | Tuesday, 9. September 2014

Irish should encourage Scots to go it alone

So far the Irish government has avoided taking sides regarding Scotland's independence. Ireland left the United Kingdom in 1922. But despite it's not wanting to jeopardise its relations with London, Dublin should support an independent Scotland, the left-liberal daily The Irish Times believes: » more


The New York Times - U.S. | Monday, 8. September 2014

Global perspectives: Independent Scots need their own currency

Scotland's nationalists want to keep the British pound rather than introduce their own currency in the event that the country becomes independent of the UK. This would be a mistake from an economic perspective, as the euro crisis has clearly shown, writes economist Paul Krugman in the left-liberal daily The New York Times: » more


Die Presse - Austria | Tuesday, 9. September 2014

Royal embryo bears huge responsibility

Queen Elizabeth is to become great grandmother to another child. According to a statement by Buckingham Palace on Monday, Prince William and his wife Kate are expecting their second baby. This news comes at just the right moment after opinion polls in Scotland for the first time gave a majority to the independence campaign, the liberal-conservative daily Die Presse notes: » more


Main focus of Monday, 8. September 2014

First majority for independent Scotland

With just eleven days to go before the referendum on Scotland's independence, 51 percent of Scots have voiced their support for it in the latest ... » more


Corriere della Sera - Italy | Monday, 8. September 2014

UK sinks into oblivion

Scotland doesn't stand to gain much from independence, but for the UK it would be disastrous, the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera warns: » more


Tages-Anzeiger - Switzerland | Monday, 8. September 2014

Shock polls will mobilise unionists

The results of opinion polls have made it clear to Scots that the United Kingdom could well be divided. But this could bring about a last-minute change of heart, the daily Tages-Anzeiger believes: » more


Aamulehti - Finland | Monday, 8. September 2014

Fresh impetus for separatists across Europe

If the Scots vote for independence next week it may well give separatists in other regions of Europe fresh impetus, the liberal daily Aamulehti fears: » more


The Times - United Kingdom | Sunday, 7. September 2014

Compromise could convince Scots

British Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne's concessions to the Scots come far too late, the conservative daily The Times criticises, but still hopes that they'll lead to a last-minute change in mood: » more


Daily Mail - United Kingdom | Thursday, 4. September 2014

No Britain without Scotland

With two weeks to go before the Scottish independence referendum everything points to a close outcome. Scotland separating from the UK could have disastrous consequences, fears the conservative tabloid The Daily Mail: » more


The Guardian - United Kingdom | Tuesday, 2. September 2014

Contradictory stance of no campaigners

Two weeks before the Scottish independence referendum the no campaigners' lead has shrunk to just six percentage points, according to the latest polls. The left-liberal daily The Guardian finds it contradictory that many of those against Scottish independence also want Britain to exit the EU: » more


The Guardian - United Kingdom | Sunday, 31. August 2014

More and more Scots dream of independence

The public debate in the run-up to Scotland's independence referendum in two and a half weeks is unleashing a growing wave of enthusiasm for independence, columnist Paul Mason comments in the left-liberal daily The Guardian: » more


Financial Times - United Kingdom | Sunday, 24. August 2014

Scots have no plan for independence

With just over three weeks to go before the Scottish referendum the leader of the regional government in Edinburgh, Alex Salmond, and former British Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling will face each other in a second TV debate this Monday evening. The advocates of independence haven't been very persuasive so far, the conservative daily Financial Times comments: » more



Blog EUROPP - United Kingdom | Monday, 18. August 2014

Independence may disappoint Scots

The Scots will vote on independence from Britain in four weeks. But a "yes" would be no guarantee that the ambitious goals of independentists would be reached, political scientist Norman Bonney writes on the blog EUROPP of the London School of Economics: » more


Blog EUROPP - United Kingdom | Monday, 5. May 2014

Independence won't hurt Scotland

The Scottish will vote on separating from the UK in a referendum to be held in September. Opponents of Scottish independence warn that a decoupling from the UK market would hurt the country's economy. But thanks to membership of the EU and the World Trade Organization this won't be a problem, economist David Comerford argues on the London School of Economics' EUROPP blog: » more


The Irish Times - Ireland | Monday, 17. February 2014

Scots don't necessarily have to give up pound

The British Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne warned the Scots on Thursday that they would have to give up the British pound if they vote for independence in September's referendum. That is painting things too black and white, the left-liberal daily The Irish Times counters: » more


Financial Times - United Kingdom | Thursday, 13. February 2014

Independent Scots would need their own currency

The British Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne has threatened the Scots with the withdrawal of the pound if they vote in favour of independence in their referendum in September. The liberal business daily the Financial Times praises his stance: » more


Financial Times - United Kingdom | Thursday, 6. February 2014

England benefits from union with Scotland

In a speech to be delivered today, British Prime Minister David Cameron will call on the Scots to vote against Scotland's independence in the referendum scheduled for next September. Those who advocate the UK staying united should finally admit that Scottish independence would have negative repercussions for England too, the conservative daily the Financial Times admonishes: » more


The Malta Independent - Malta | Monday, 6. January 2014

Cameron should follow own advice to Scots

British Prime Minister David Cameron extolled the advantages of a united Great Britain and urged the Scots to vote against independence in the referendum to be held in nine months' time. Cameron should apply this advice to his own stance in EU affairs, the liberal-conservative daily The Malta Times comments: » more


The Times - United Kingdom | Tuesday, 26. November 2013

No convincing arguments

The arguments put forward by the Scottish government in favour of independence are not strong enough to justify separation from the UK, the conservative daily The Times concludes: » more


Dagens Nyheter - Sweden | Wednesday, 27. November 2013

London acting just like Edinburgh

The concept put forward by the Scottish Independence Party (SNP) is purely populist and in this respect very similar to London's behaviour towards the EU, the daily Dagens Nyheter criticises: » more


Die Welt - Germany | Wednesday, 27. November 2013

Let the Scots go if they want to

Scottish independence would be a boon for the UK, but aside from that there's no reason for it, the British-German journalist Alan Posener writes in the conservative daily Die Welt: » more


The Scotsman - United Kingdom | Wednesday, 24. April 2013

Independent Scotland won't need the pound

Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne said on Tuesday that Scotland should remain in Great Britain if it wants to retain the pound as its currency, finding the idea of a monetary union being formed with an independent Scotland unlikely. The politically neutral daily The Scotsman warns against a situation like that of Ireland, which gave up its one-to-one parity with the pound sterling in 1979: » more


The Spectator - United Kingdom | Wednesday, 12. December 2012

Independent Scots would lose EU status

In an interview on Monday, EU Commission President José Manuel Barroso stated that if it decides in favour of independence, Scotland would lose its membership in the EU. The conservative magazine The Spectator puts matters into perspective: » more


The Herald - United Kingdom | Thursday, 18. October 2012

London's austerity pushing Scots to independence

Britain's aggressive austerity policy may prove to be reason enough for the Scottish people to choose independence, the left-liberal Scottish daily The Herald surmises: » more


Lidové noviny - Czech Republic | Tuesday, 16. October 2012

Scottish separation unlikely

The Scottish desire for autonomy reminds the conservative daily Lidové noviny of the break-up of Czechoslovakia in 1992/93. But the Scots won't take things that far, the paper writes: » more


Daily Mirror - United Kingdom | Wednesday, 11. January 2012

Independence would impoverish Scotland

The Scottish regional government announced on Tuesday that it will hold a vote on independence in autumn 2014, countering the resolution by the British government on Monday. But the dispute is needless, the left-leaning tabloid the Daily Mirror writes, because independence would only impoverish Scotland: » more


 

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