Cyprus: dangerous row over gas exploration dates back to British colonial meddling

French president Emmanuel Macron recently spoke out against Turkey exploring for natural gas in waters claimed by Cyprus, and Recep Tayyip Erdo─čan, the Turkish leader, was quick to rebuke him: “We are one of the guarantor countries in Cyprus. Greece and the United Kingdom are also the guarantor countries. What…

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Growing up in Aberdeen. Children of the Nineteen Fifties: A special study.

Aberdeen has seen dramatic changes since the 1950s.  The “Granite City” had developed around industries such as paper making, fishing, quarrying and agricultural machinery.  Then with the discovery of oil in the 1970s it was transformed into the oil capital of Europe as new wealth and new people arrived.  Social…

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Brexit and Scotland

The central promise of Brexit was to ‘take back control’ or, in more technical language, regain sovereignty. Initially, this was expressed as the sovereignty of the Westminster Parliament but, after the referendum, this changed to the sovereignty of the ‘the British people’. Either way, membership of the EU was seen…

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