referendum

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Italy and Austria, taking an unorthodox stand against populism

Despite the no camp winning the referendum on constitutional reform, it would be a mistake to say that Italy has voted against Europe, even though it may have European consequences, albeit more restricted than many pessimists have claimed. It was not a victory for populism – if anything, it [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega An odd Dutch referendum on the Ukraine: another European crisis on the horizon?

The Dutch will be voting tomorrow, 6 April, in an odd referendum that could trigger another institutional crisis in Europe: the vote concerns the Association Agreement between the Ukraine and the EU, signed in 2014 and currently being applied only provisionally and in part. The opinion polls have alternated [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Meanwhile, in Scotland and England…

The September referendum on independence in Scotland, in which the ‘noes’ won by 10 points, has changed many things in that nation, and to the south, in England. Despite the ‘no’, nothing will ever be the same. The reverberations of the Scottish referendum are causing major changes in British [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Scotland: Salmond wins, even if he loses

To avoid what he called a ‘consolation prize’ for Scotland’s nationalist leader Alex Salmond, in the then foreseeable defeat of the independence option, Tory Prime Minister David Cameron refused in 2012 to agree in the referendum to a third option in addition to ‘yes or ‘no’, between independence and [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega The English (and British) question in Scotland

There are just 72 days to go to the referendum on the independence of Scotland on 18 September. Although the victory of the “no” seems assured, this kind of vote is loaded by the devil. Despite the campaign of both sides, polls have not moved much in recent months, [...]
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