0 Have your say The First Minister has been urged to stand by her own “Sturgeon Test” on holding a second independence referendum as she prepares to address MSPs on her plans for a second vote on leaving the UK. But supporters of the Yes movement will see this as a sign that pro-Union parties in Scotland are “running scared of independence” and the looming backlash over their handling of Brexit. MSPs return to Holyrood this week after the Easter recess and the SNP leader has pledged she will update them on her plans for a second referendum in light of the recent 31 October Brexit extension. She will also be addressing the SNP Spring Conference next weekend at Edinburgh International Conference Centre. READ MORE: Lyra McKee: Nicola Sturgeon pays tribute to ‘brave’ journalist shot dead in ‘terrorist incident’Leading figures in the independence movement, such as Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie, are keen to forge … [Read more...] about Scottish independence: First Minister held to ‘Sturgeon Test’ of indyref2 support
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Lewis McKenzie, Press Association 20 December, 2018 15:31 THE enduring ties and friendships created following the Lockerbie bombing have left a legacy of hope for the future, Nicola Sturgeon has said. Scotland's first minister was speaking in the Scottish Parliament ahead of the 30th anniversary of the tragedy on December 21 1988, in which 270 people from 21 nations died. The Solicitor General for Scotland, Alison Di Rollo, will attend events in the United States on Friday, whilst Lord Advocate James Wolffe will represent the Scottish Government at a memorial service in Lockerbie. Speaking at Holyrood on Thursday, Ms Sturgeon said MSPs will reflect on all those who lost loved ones in the incident, as well as the residents of Lockerbie. "An almost unimaginable tragedy brought out incredible reserves of solidarity, compassion and love," she said. "The bereaved showed immense dignity and resilience. People in Lockerbie and the surrounding area … [Read more...] about Enduring ties from Lockerbie bombing ‘leave legacy of hope’ says Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon
The Swiss Federal Council with Federal Chancellor Walter Thurnherr. PETER KLAUNZER / POOL / AFP Concerns have been raised over the English capabilities of Guy Parmelin, seen fourth from left in the photo above. The politician is a member of Switzerland's seven-member executive known as the Federal Council and he will head up the Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research (EAER) from next year. Parmelin's lack of English has been documented in numerous Swiss press articles. His responsibilities in his new Federal Council position will include conducting negotiations on free trade agreements with Vietnam, India, Malaysia and the USA. These negotiations are widely expected to be carried out in English. When asked about his English abilities in 2015, Parmelin, from the French-speaking part of Switzerland, initially tried to answer in English but soon reverted to French. “I can English understand but [continuing in French] I prefer to speak … [Read more...] about Lost in translation: Swiss minister under fire for lack of English
Danica Kirka and Jill Lawless, Associated Press Published 9:17 am PST, Monday, December 10, 2018 FILE- In this Dec. 8, 2017 file photo, UK's Union Flag, left, and the EU flag, flap in the wind outside EU headquarters in Brussels. The European Union's top court ruled Monday, Dec. 10, 2018, that Britain can change its mind over Brexit, boosting the hopes of people who want to stay in the EU that the process can be reversed. less FILE- In this Dec. 8, 2017 file photo, UK's Union Flag, left, and the EU flag, flap in the wind outside EU headquarters in Brussels. The European Union's top court ruled Monday, Dec. 10, 2018, that Britain can ... more Photo: Virginia Mayo, AP Photo: Virginia Mayo, AP Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 FILE- In this Dec. 8, 2017 file photo, UK's … [Read more...] about A look at Brexit as UK prime minister cancels the big vote
This feature is part of The Local's award-winning Sweden in Focus series, taking an in-depth look at the issues that make this country tick. Click here to read more articles. Forming a government is typically a speedy process in Sweden, particularly compared to its European neighbours. A system of negative parliamentarism means proposed governments do not, technically, need a single vote in favour – all that is required for their survival is for a majority of MPs not to vote against them. On Wednesday, parliament will vote on a government led by centre-right leader Ulf Kristersson. Unless any of Sweden's parties have a major change of heart at the last second, he will become the first PM candidate to lose such a vote. "In a way, what's really surprising is the amount of time that's passed since the election and the fact that the parties are still in the same locked positions as they were before," Johan Hellström, a senior politics lecturer at Umeå University, … [Read more...] about Sweden in Focus: How did the political situation get to where it is today?