Issue 389 | 28 April 2014
Scottish independence, eHealth week, bioeconomy strategy and more...
Scotland’s first minister Alex Salmond kicks off our Scottish independence feature by saying that his “ancient European country… has a great future as an independent and equal member of the 21st century family of European nations”. “Continued membership of Europe is central to our vision of an independent Scotland,” writes Salmond, adding that Scotland’s membership will surely be accepted in an "EU which is true to the union’s founding ideals”. Salmond is also critical of the “virulent Euroscepticism” affecting the UK’s government and underlines than an independent Scotland would be “an enthusiastic, engaged and committed contributor” to the European project.
Regardless of who you talk to, everyone agrees: a strong register is important. But when it comes to practice, things start to look a lot bleaker, writes Margarida Silva.
The UK’s Brexit Secretary David Davis has said the EU is offering British nationals living in EU member states restricted residency rights post-Brexit.
Former Greens MEP Monica Frassoni has angrily hit out at the “ongoing criminalisation of NGOs” who help migrants in the Mediterranean.
The EU must 'take the lead' in tackling alcohol-related harm, writes Mariann Skar.
As presidency candidates call for 'new start', very few concrete plans are being put forward on 'Europe's youth', says Patrik Kovács.
Who is controlling the counter-narratives to extremism? This is the question that many EU policymakers want answered, argues Tehmina Kazi.