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.
MEP accuses Poland of “striking at the root of the rule of law” over a controversial set of laws that will give the country’s politicians control over its supreme court.
While the Spanish government chose to bury its head in the sand, the pro-independence movement in Catalonia blossomed, writes Jordi Solé.
German ECR group MEP Hans-Olaf Henkel has claimed that the EU wants to punish Britain in the Brexit talks.
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.