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As the Scottish independence referendum draws closer the outcome is hard to predict. Both Westminster politicians and the wider public are asking what – in practical terms – would happen if the Scots were to vote Yes. Robert Hazell offers a 10-point overview of what the road to independence might look like.
Professor Robert Hazell
9 September 2014
Starts: Sep 9, 2014 12:00:00 AM
The Nordic countries have received exceptionally good press in the UK - at least until earlier this year, when British travel writer and resident of Denmark, Michael Booth, claimed to dispel the of Scandinavia as the perfect place to live. Many are now confused. Is
everything we believed about the social ideals of Sweden, Denmark,
Norway and Finland a lie? Well, not entirely but we’re not all drunk
serial killers either.
Dr Jakob Stougaard-Nielsen
19 August 2014 More...
Starts: Sep 8, 2014 12:00:00 AM
The age-old question of what holds our societies together re-emerges periodically, particularly in times of crisis. In a world ever more globalised and virtual, the answer is often cast in terms of "trust", with its pivotal role as regularly called upon as its health called into question. How has trust risen to this centrality, and is it all as straightforward as it seems?
Dr Uta Staiger
13 August 2014
Starts: Aug 13, 2014 12:00:00 AM
Ukraine conflict: the regime will finish what it started
19 February 2014
19 February 2014
Miscalculation from both sides led to a spectacular escalation into violence, but returning from the brink is now unlikely.
Dr Andrew Wilson, SSEES
Things are pretty frightening in Kiev, where I am an accidental witness to this week's spectacular descent into violence. All sides in Ukraine have miscalculated, but they are not all equally guilty. The moderate opposition parties in parliament, led by the boxer Vitali Klitschko, did not consult fully with the Maidan Square protesters when they were negotiating possible compromise over the weekend.
A big group of protesters therefore left Kiev's central square, which is the protesters' last redoubt, to march on parliament to show they still counted. But the chair of parliament refused to allow discussion of any of the key motions on a new government or on giving that government real power by changing the constitution.