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    It is far from clear that Scotland’s transition to EU membership would be ‘smooth and straightforward’

It is far from clear that Scotland’s transition to EU membership would be ‘smooth and straightforward’

One of the main issues in the Scottish independence campaign has been whether Scotland would be able to make a smooth transition to EU membership post-independence and what terms it would be obliged to meet to do so. Jo Murkens writes on the legal framework, noting that it is unlikely that using the EU’s Treaty revision procedure (Article 48 […]

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    While attention is focused on Catalonia, the debate over the Basque Country’s status within Spain remains on hold

While attention is focused on Catalonia, the debate over the Basque Country’s status within Spain remains on hold

In October 2011, the Basque separatist group ETA announced the cessation of its armed activities. Teresa Whitfield writes that while this constituted a notable achievement, a lack of engagement from the Spanish government has prevented any further settlement over the disbanding of ETA. It has also contributed to delaying agreement amongst Basque nationalists on new proposals for the status […]

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    Europe is entering the ‘age of the referendum’, but there is nothing to fear for European democracy if referendums are properly regulated

Europe is entering the ‘age of the referendum’, but there is nothing to fear for European democracy if referendums are properly regulated

Referendums have become increasingly common occurrences in European states in recent decades. Stephen Tierney writes on some of the potential benefits and dangers of using referendums to solve key constitutional questions. He writes that while referendums can undermine democracy if used incorrectly, they generally suffer from problems of practice rather than principle and these problems can be overcome in […]

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The No campaign will require a positive vision if it is to capture both the hearts and minds of Scottish voters in the independence debate

The Scottish independence debate has become more intense in recent weeks, with interventions by the British Chancellor George Osborne, President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso, and the leaders of all three major parties in the British parliament . But what effect have these interventions had, and do they really matter with 6 months to go? Alan Renwick assesses […]

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