Michael Keating, Professor of Scottish Politics at the University of Aberdeen, discusses the factors which make a small state successful, noting that such states have a stake in rules-based international regimes, but have pursued highly divergent social and economic models. Continue reading Small States in the Modern World: Opportunities and Vulnerabilities
In this long-read, Kirsty Hughes, Director of the Scottish Centre of European Relations, discusses which strategies, tactics and alliances the Scottish Government should pursue, in order to develop its European strategy and build networks and influence post-Brexit. Continue reading Smaller States’ Strategies and Influencing in the EU: Lessons and Choices for Scotland
David Gow, Editor of Sceptical.scot, assesses the strategies which smaller EU member states use to influence EU industrial and green strategy. Focusing on success stories like Finland and Denmark, he outlines important lessons for Scotland. Continue reading Influencing the European Green Deal and Industrial Strategy: Leaders and Laggards among Small EU States
Ben Tonra, Professor of International Relations at University College Dublin, outlines the success and influence of Ireland as an EU member state. This blog is part of our project on ‘Small States in the EU’ with the Scottish Centre on European Relations. As a former colony with a strong sense of independence, Ireland’s willingness to pool its hard-won sovereignty in the European Union has most … Continue reading Ireland as a small state success story in Europe?
As some claim that the elections results put an end to the Brexit debate, Kirsty Hughes argues that the independence debate is not going away and re-joining the EU will be core to the discussions. In just two weeks, the UK will leave the EU – a huge damaging folly, irreversible in the next few years. And, as Boris Johnson predictably rejects the Scottish government’s … Continue reading Scotland’s European Choices as UK Exits the EU