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Lidové noviny - Czech Republic | Tuesday, October 16, 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: "The elections in England and Scotland two years ago were just as fatal as those in Czechoslovakia in 1992. While Eurosceptic conservatives swing the sceptre in London, in Scotland pro-European left-wing politicians have remained in power who support not only the welfare state but also an independent Scotland. Nevertheless it's unlikely that Scotland will separate along Czechoslovakian lines. Because it takes two to stop tangoing. And Cameron - unlike Václav Klaus - doesn't want his state to fall apart. He would have to deal exceedingly incompetently with the current British economic crisis for things to go that far. Or he'd have to personally persuade oil-rich Scotland to leave."

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