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Deepening polarisation? 5 things you need to know about the German elections and the EU
CommonSpace's David Jamieson reports from Berlin after Angela Merkel retained power in the German elections
THE German elections (24 September) have confirmed Angela Merkel as the dominant political force in Germany and an historic national personality.
But her election victory masks growing political polarisation at the heart of the EU project. This has been indicated, not least, by the growth of the Alternative for Germany (AfD) party.
Scottish foreign policy scene to expand with new think tank focusing on global issues
War, terrorism and the far right to feature as topics at conference
SCOTLAND’S expanding foreign policy scene is set to benefit from the launch of a new think tank in Glasgow this weekend.
The New Foreign Policy group will launch at the CCA on Glasgow’s Sauchiehall street tomorrow (Saturday 5 August), and feature a range of expert speakers speaking on international issues such as war, terrorism and security, the growth of far right movements and the UK’s global position from a Scottish perspective.
No evidence: SNP MP Michelle Thomson will not face criminal proceedings after fraud investigation
Former MP to consider “next steps” after being cleared
FORMER SNP MP Michelle Thomson will not face criminal proceedings after the Crown Office determined there was no “credible and reliable” evidence she engaged in illegal activity.
Thomson’s name had been included among four others in a report sent by Police Scotland to the Procurator Fiscal in December 2016 as part of an investigation into potential mortgage fraud.
Tories and corporate giants under fire as British Gas prices leap 12.5 per cent
Big energy hike to cost 3.1 million UK customers
THE TORY Government and energy giant British Gas have come under fire after the firm announced it is to hike electricity prices by 12.5 per cent for its 3.1 million customers.
In the run up to the June General Election, the Conservatives promised and energy price cap, in a supposed departure from traditional Tory liberal economics which rejects state interference in the market.
However, the policy was one of many to be ditched after the Conservative party lost it’s Commons majority.
More Trident protesters freed ahead of international ban isolating the UK
Pacifists who blockaded Trident bomb factory in England acquitted
MEMBERS of a Christian group have been acquitted in the High Court of wilful obstruction after they blockaded a Trident bomb factory in England.
Five activists were prosecuted in Reading in January after they used super glue and arm locks to block a road outside Burghfield Atomic Weapons Establishment in Berkshire.
Their successful appeal to the High Court found yesterday (31 August) that the protestors were not obstructing a public highway.
“Scotland’s people, first and foremost”: Indy activists welcome left reorientation
SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford calls for focus on indy promise
LEFTWING independence and SNP activists have welcomed the SNP Westminster group leader’s comments that the independence case would be focused on “fairness and equity” and resisting “harmful” Tory austerity.
The comments, published in the Sunday Herald, come after news that the SNP Westminster group is reorganising around and anti-austerity strategy and before an unavailing of a new “radical” policy platform by Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon in August.
Support for Scottish renewables investment soars as UK economy teeters
New survey finds large majority back green economy future
A SURVEY by a leading conservationist group has found a surge in support for Scottish Government investment in renewable energy projects and other green economy measures as the UK economy continues to suffer low growth and instability.
The survey for World Wildlife Fund Scotland found that 72 per cent felt the Scottish Government should be doing more to heat Scottish homes through renewable energy up from 59 per cent in 2016.
“We won’t be cowed”: Trident2 protestor calls for mass mobilisation against banned UK weapons
Zelter calls on Scottish Government to back international nuclear weapons ban
ONE of the Trident two has called for a mass mobilisation of Scots against Trident after being released from prison.
Angie Zelter, one half of the Trident two along with Brian Quail, was locked up for for 16 days on remand for refusing to abandon her right to protest as part of bail conditions.
Death of a “gimmick”: Hopes of ‘Northern Powerhouse’ fade as Tories scale back spending
SNP speaks out for northern cities left out of Tory investment
CRITICS have slammed the vaunted Tory ‘Northern Powerhouse’ industrial strategy, revealed they say as “always a gimmick” after northern English Mayors and councillors announced they would hold a summit to voice concerns over stalled investment.
Controversey broke out after the UK Government revealed that a major transport project - seen as key to the north’s industrial development - the TransPennine rail route linking Manchester and Newcastle may not be fully electrified.
Medical professionals speak out to demand isolated UK respect UN treaty banning Trident
Medact report compiles new evidence concerning impact of ‘regional’ nuclear war
AN INFLUENTIAL group of medical professionals has called on the UK Government to take heed of the new UN nuclear weapons ban treaty in the wake of new research into the health and demographic impacts of nuclear-armed conflict.