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"Great for Scotland": First Minister Nicola Sturgeon welcomes news of Obama Scotland visit
Scotland's first minister hopes to meet Barack Obama during visit to Edinburgh
NEWS of Barack Obama's first visit to Scotland next month is a boost for Scotland's global profile, according to First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.
There is currently no planned meeting between the former US president and Scotland's first minister, but CommonSpace understands Sturgeon hopes to have the opportunity to meet with him when he visits Scotland in May.
Failure to "return to sanity" by Labour could doubt future of union - UK's longest-serving MEP
UK's longest serving MEP says support for Scottish independence could rise as a result of Brexit
SCOTTISH LABOUR MEP David Martin has said that if his party does not "return to sanity" then more Scots could question the future of the union.
In an interview with CommonSpace, the UK's longest serving MEP warned that if Brexit leads to a declining economy south of the border and a future England becoming "less tolerant", unionist Scots may reconsider their future within the UK.
The basic income: Can it really work or is it all just a pipe dream?
The idea of a universal basic income has been floating around the political horizon in recent times with increasing energy. But what is it and how could it work in practice? Anas Hassan speaks to two academics to gain an extended insight
WOULDN'T we all love to be given money for free, even if we weren't working? What a utopian concept. But within the reality of life, many people have to work to sustain a living.
Anas Hassan: Are we heading towards the end of the European Union?
CommonSpace columnist Anas Hassan examines whether the gradual erosion of liberal democracy worldwide and potential future developments in Europe could put the European Union out of existence
BREXIT, Donald Trump, the potential rise of France's Marine Le Pen: these are at least three reasons why the European Union could cease to exist within the next five years, let alone the next decade.
Anas Hassan: Why self-righteousness caused the rise of Brexit and Donald Trump
CommonSpace columnist Anas Hassan explores why he believes the political class have become too sanctimonious, why that attitude has caused shock political waves in the UK and USA and why it won't stop until politicians change their attitudes towards the electorate
MANY people all over the world are struggling to digest the news that Donald Trump will become the 45th President of the United States. His victory has come as an absolute global political earthquake on an unprecedented scale.
Anas Hassan: Nicola Sturgeon's foot is firmly on the independence accelerator
CommonSpace columnist Anas Hassan looks at the aftermath of last week’s Scottish National Party conference and what he thinks the future has in store for the party and Scotland overall
PRIOR to ten o'clock last Thursday morning, one couldn't be blamed for being unable to fully predict what lay ahead at the SECC in Glasgow. Would Nicola Sturgeon give the green light for a second independence referendum or blow the half or even full time whistle on any re-visit of the constitutional question?
Anas Hassan: Nicola Sturgeon's indyref 2 predicament
CommonSpace columnist Anas Hassan reflects on what the first minister should do as the Scottish National Party (SNP) congregates for their annual conference in Glasgow
THIS YEAR marks the 82nd year of the existence of the Scottish National Party and political matters are hotter than ever.
Since the last time the party gathered together in March, the United Kingdom shocked the world when it opted for exiting the European Union. At the same time, Scotland went in the opposite direction by backing staying within the EU.
Anas Hassan: Theresa May is no Margaret Thatcher
CommonSpace columnist Anas Hassan argues that comparisons between Margaret Thatcher and Theresa May misunderstand the profound challenges the UK’s new prime minister will face in the aftermath of Brexit
IT IS fundamentally wrong to conclude that Theresa May is the 21st century equivalent to Margaret Thatcher. Observers of politics all over have jumped towards this bizarre notion like a fish would jump to water. Times between now and three decades ago are radically different.
Anas Hassan: Hillary Clinton has a global duty to defeat Trump - for the sake of us all
CommonSpace columnist Anas Hassan believes Hillary Clinton has a duty to defeat Donald Trump in order to save the US from embarrassment - and for the sake of the rest of the world
SHE might not be the most inspiring politician in the world, nor someone who has won mainstream admiration among much of the public most of the time, but Hillary Clinton made history by becoming the first female nominee for the post of president of the United States.
Anas Hassan: A future Yes Scotland campaign must be mainstream if it is to win
CommonSpace columnist Anas Hassan believes that Yes Scotland should take a more mainstream approach if it is to win a second independence referendum and must actively ditch its reputation for being too much of a leftwing campaign