Better off on their own? Economic aspects of regional autonomy and independence movements in Europe

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Europe – autonomy movements focused in prosperous regions (DB Research)

It is striking that there are very persistent regional income disparities within the countries examined. Most of the regions that have a high per capita income in relation to the rest of the country have ranked at the top or at least near the top of the standings for decades. This aspect might have reduced acceptance of the idea of horizontal redistribution between regions.

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The European regions that could be better off going it alone

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The European regions that could be better off going it alone (The Telegraph)

“Nearly all the regions are among the wealthiest in their respective countries,” said Barbara Boettcher, an economist at Deutsche Bank. “The patently unequal treatment of regions appears detrimental to the general acceptance of the current system.”

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Peter Geoghegan: The People’s Referendum

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Herald Scotland

Anyone wanting to take stock of the events of 2014 could do worse than to include this book on their reading list. It’s a snapshot of the varied shades of opinion in Scotland at the height of its engagement with politics, and highlights how attitudes towards independence were partly moulded by the history and economic conditions of each of its regions.

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Why Catalonia needs an Edinburgh Agreement

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Scottish Conservative MEP Ian Duncan

“It remains unclear how the Catalan conundrum will be resolved. […] My gut feeling is that the issue will only be resolved when the politicians from Barcelona and Madrid sit in the same room and hammer out their own Edinburgh Agreement. Then it will work.”

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Breaking up is hard to do

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EUobserver on Catalonia

The overwhelming Yes among those who voted is likely to stiffen the resolve of Mas and his supporters to demand a binding referendum in the future.

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Scotland says No as Catalans watch

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A historic turnout of 84% keeps Scotland in the United Kingdom with the promise of more devolved powers [The Scotsman | Scottish independence: Scotland votes No]. The referendum campaign and results have been watched … Read More

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Scottish vote puts Catalonia in the spotlight

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As Scotland’s referendum of independence from the United Kingdom approaches, and following last week’s Catalan demonstration in Barcelona, more and more international media outlets are turning their attention to the political process … Read More

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Monday, May 19, 2014

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The Catalan government has called a press conference to denounce Spain’s intentions of shutting down a handful of Catalan public TV channels. According to the spokesman of the Catalan government, … Read More

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

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In a context in which open support to the independence cause tends to be rather scarce –at least publicly–, the Liberal International unapologetically endorsed the Catalans’ right to self-determination and … Read More

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Catalan MonitorNews Roundup

A new report by the Advisory Council for National Transition (CATN in Catalan) made public today stresses that it can’t be yet concluded whether an independent Catalonia would be left … Read More

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Catalan MonitorNews Roundup

The Catalan National Assembly (ANC), Catalonia’s major citizen organisation, today has published the massive panorama photo of last 11-September human chain for independence. The so-called gigaphoto was actually made from more … Read More

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