If a majority of the Scots decide on 18th September that they can shape their society better (read ‘more progressively’) than the British government in London has done so far, then they have the right to do so within a European context. Instead of warning the Scots about hell and damnation, we should actually support them. The Scottish Greens are pro, as is of course the progressive nationalist party SNP, which is a member of the European regionalist fraction EVA, which forms the “the Green EVA” political fraction in the European Parliament along with the European Greens.
The world’s eyes are firmly fixed on Scotland, with less than a week to go until the country votes in a referendum on leaving the United Kingdom. The referendum asks, “Should Scotland be an independent country?” Voters aged 16 upwards will answer the question next Thursday, 18 September. The Scottish Greens have called for a Yes.
The theme of this year’s conference was “A Green Scotland in a Green Europe”. For party members this theme promised to deliver a really exciting Conferenc, because next year the Scottish Greens will be facing two major challenges: the Euro elections on 22 May and, even more momentous, the Referendum on Scottish Independence on September 18.
Bulgarians go to the polls on January 27, to answer the question, "Should Bulgaria develop nuclear energy through the construction of a new nuclear power plant?”. You can now send your message of support to the Bulgarians, to show that Europe stands besides them.
The Irish Green Party will be deciding its position on the referendum on the fiscal compact, which the Irish government announced is to be held on 31st May. Ireland is the only country putting the issue to a ballot, and polls currently have it 60-40% in favour of the deal.
The situation in Hungary has become grave. Legal foundations protecting our basic freedom-rights have been eliminated – and the government of Viktor Orbán has begun to destroy the social fabric of democratic participation. Lehet Más a Politika (Politics Can Be Different – LMP) is determined to fight back, and take a stand, together with our civil society allies, to protect the future of employees, students, pensioners and other Hungarian citizens whose rights, opportunities, and dignity are under constant fire from the government.