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In the world of financial speculation there is something known as an asymmetrical trade. This means that the downside is very limited – or none at all – and the upside is considerable. I have long thought that the in/out referendum in Scotland was a superb move by David Cameron, but reading his speech this… » read more

The Scottish referendum made for magnificent drama. At risk a 306 year old Union. The disintegration of an ancient kingdom. A monarch awaiting the fate of her kingdom in an ancestral palace in the Scottish highlands. A weepy Prime Minister. A feisty independence fighter. The haunting sounds of bag-pipes echoing through the Scotland’s fabled mists.… » read more

Since the debate over Scotland stirred up and the insinuations with similar cases started to formulate (e.g. Catalunia, Corse, or even Transnistria) I could hardly see any positive relation with the Scotland being completely independent as a sovereign state – and therefore as candidate member-state for the EU, the possible turbulence of British and Scottish… » read more

FC Barcelona supporters waving Scottish flags at Camp Nou The world is watching Scotland today, and the Catalans will watch closer than most. Spanish news sites are featuring pictures of FC Barcelona supporters waving Scottish flags during their team’s Champions League game yesterday, and it is widely reported that delegations from the Catalan (and Basque)… » read more

With the future of the UK seemingly hanging by a thread it is understandable that events north of the border are dominating attention, but today’s announcement of the new European Commission also has far-reaching consequences for the future of the UK’s EU membership and the EU itself. As we set out in our flash analysis,… » read more

New book: Next Europe

Next Europe – How the EU can survive in a world of tectonic shifts After many months of interviewing, research and writing, I am happy to announce the launch of my fourth book: Next Europe. It is already downloadable from Amazon, the Apple Store, Google Books, Kobo Books, Bruna and Smashwords. Other ebook stores will… » read more

By Georgi Gotev The situation in Ukraine has strongly boosted the chances of Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk to succeed Herman Van Rompuy as European Council president. As a journalist I have many times witnessed the irony with which Russian officials describe their EU counterparts, namely Van Rompuy and Ashton. I’m sure they would be… » read more

Whitehouse Consultancy Chairman, Chris Whitehouse, discusses the the implications for the United Kingdom’s media industry of the conviction for phone hacking of Andy Coulson, former media advisor to British Prime Minister, David Cameron, in his latest article for The Universe magazine. He argues strongly in defence of a free press, but criticises state broadcaster the… » read more

By Kathleen Garnett With the Scottish vote for independence just a few short months away EU Perspectives examines the role-reversal effect this is having on some Conservative and UKIP politicians. A phenomena resembling a pantomime farce but which to all intents and purposes is masquerading as serious politics.

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