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Quebec stays put, for now

Quebec’s minority pro-independence government loses an early election, ensuring that the province will stay part of Canada for a while yet.

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Crimea’s gone, but it’s not World War III

Crimea is one thing, eastern Ukraine is quite another. And we’re a long way off having to worry about Poland and the Baltic states.

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OK, let’s talk about self-determination

If the Ukraine crisis was just about Crimean self-determination, it would probably be a lot easier.

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A Europhobe takes the floor

Daniel Hannan argues that Britain is the home of freedom while the EU is its enemy. Unfortunately it’s not quite as simple as that.

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What to do about Crimea?

Pro-Russian elements have taken up strategic positions in Crimea, but it’s not yet clear if the momentum is there for them to attempt secession – or how much Russia will back them if they do.

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Telling the Scots what to do is a risky strategy

Scottish independence this year still looks like a long shot, but some of its opponents probably aren’t helping their own cause.

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Switzerland tries to back out of Europe

Switzerland votes – very narrowly – for new restrictions on immigration, calling into question its future in the European single market.

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Constitutional change is harder than it looks

Media reports on Tony Abbott’s push for constitutional recognition of indigenous Australians convey an impression of novelty. Yet nothing has really changed.

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Catalonia’s choice

Catalans want to vote on whether to be independent from Spain. Getting a referendum will be harder than it is for Scotland, but there’s probably more chance of a “Yes” vote if it happens.

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Egyptians vote yes – without much choice

There’s no doubt about the result of Egypt’s constitutional referendum, since campaigning for a “No” vote was effectively illegal. But the turnout might tell us something about the underlying level of support for the military.

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