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SCOTLAND’S deputy first minister wants urgent talks with the European Commission on the process of independence. Nicola Sturgeon, who is leading the campaign for an independent Scotland, has been belatedly pushed into action by yet another interview where European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso reiterated his belief an independent Scotland would be outside the EU… » read more

Posted by Jennifer McKiernan

FIRST MINISTER Alex Salmond has been branded a bare-faced liar over an independent Scotland’s position in the EU. Scots MEP Catherine Stihler went head to head with the SNP leader over a government decision to refuse a Freedom of Information request on the issue. Salmond’s number two Nicola Sturgeon has now revealed such legal advice… » read more

Posted by Jennifer McKiernan

AN INDEPENDENT Scotland’s membership of the EU cannot be firmed up until the UK Government makes a move, the European Commission has confirmed. Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond and UK Prime Minister David Cameron have signed the Edinburgh Agreement, giving the legal green light for a referendum on an independent Scotland. Now the starting gun… » read more

Posted by Jennifer McKiernan

Pro-Catalan-independence politicians seem to be ready to split from Spain, but are Spanish people ready as well? Unlike Scotland’s case, there is no political deal to break in Spain. Moreover, the Spanish constitution includes specific provisions against the independence of any of the country’s regions. What does the EU have to say about it? Catalonia… » read more

Posted by Estefania de Antonio Garcia

MINIMUM pricing plans for booze have come under fire from the Bulgarian Government. The 50p minimum unit price for alcohol was passed by MSPs in Holyrood earlier this year. But the Bulgarian Government has objected to the European Commission about the plans, which are expected to be given the go-ahead this month. The Bulgarian Government… » read more

Posted by Jennifer McKiernan