Scottish nationalists name new leader to maintain independence fightScotland`s ruling Scottish National Party (SNP) on Friday crowned a new leader to build on a surge of support following a defeat in September`s independence referendum that still looks set to result in greater autonomy.
Billed as a new chapter in Balkan history, the first visit by an Albanian leader to Serbia in 68 years descended on Monday into a public row between prime ministers over the independence of the majority-Albanian former Serbian province of Kosovo.
Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond, who announced his resignation after his Yes campaign`s defeat in the independence referendum Friday, has claimed that Scotland could declare itself independent without a referendum in the future, a media report said Monday.
British Prime Minister David Cameron said the issue of Scottish independence had been settled "for a generation" on Friday but pledged a swift constitutional shake-up after what he called "a clear vote" by Scots to stay part of the United Kingdom.
Catalonia`s president warned Wednesday it was "practically impossible" to stop the region voting on secession from Spain and predicted Scotland would stay in the European Union even if it chooses independence.
The British government is scrambling to respond to a lurch in the opinion polls towards a vote for Scottish independence this month by promising a range of new powers for Scotland if it chooses to stay within the United Kingdom.