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SCOTLAND'S INDEPENDENCE : ANOTHER KOSOVO ?

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Scotland's independence, if it became a reality, would prove to be a dangerous threat for the future of the British Isles and Europe as well.

In gaining their independence the Scots would stir antagonist feelings in England and give English extremists enough pretexts to launch violent anti-Scottish campaigns. In addition, such eventuality would create havoc in the rest of Europe as certain regions would be tempted to follow Scotland's example. The Basques, the Flemish, the Bavarians, the Catalans and other ethnic groups in Northern Italy or in France might in turn press for independence and break the unity of Europe. As a result Europe might be confronted to a problem identical with that affecting Yugoslavia, following its partition which resulted in wars in Bosnia and in the Kosovo region.

The Scottish National Party, which has been campaigning for the independence of Scotland, claims that the country's wealth has long been diverted by England. Such assertion does not take into account the fact that there are probably more Scots living and working in England now.

The SNP's goal, at a time when most European countries are trying to establish a global entity which would in the end give a European identity to all their populations, goes utterly against the fundamental idea of Europe's unification.

Thus, if Scotland's independence was to take place, old antagonisms would surge again to the extent of propagating a lethal cancer that might plunge Europe into a nightmarish disaster.

The SNP has been claiming that many small European countries such as the Netherlands, Denmark, Austria and Ireland have been increasingly prosperous through their EEC membership but it tends to forget that thousands of Irish people have sought a better life in England and are not ready to return to Ireland whereas not many Dutch, Austrian or Danish nationals have thought it necessary to leave their countries to seek a better living elsewhere.

Sean Connery, alias «James Bond», and many Scots who stand fiercely in favour of the SNP, have forgot that they owe much to England for having become successful. All the more the fact that this famous actor has been living comfortably in Spain for many years does not seem to give him some legitimate right to come out so aggressively in favour of the independence of his native country.

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