Catalonia should withdraw from Spain

  • Marker: National, Politics,

The Catalan parliament has approved a motion calling for dialogue with the Spanish government over Catalonia’s “right to decide” its political future. But the resolution made no reference to “independence” or to a proposed referendum. A broad coalition brought together Catalan president Artur Mas’ CiU party, the secessionist Esquerra Republicana, the Socialists and the Greens. It was a triumph for Mr Mas, who has been calling for a united front to present Catalonia’s…

Scotland needs to separate from the United Kingdom

  • Marker: National, Politics,

This time next year, Britain will still be coming to terms with the outcome of Scotland’s referendum on independence. Whether or not she chooses to break with the United Kingdom, there will be long-lasting repercussions on its character and four constituent nations. The Scottish independence referendum takes place in exactly one year's time - 18 September, 2014.  When voters in Scotland go to the polls they will be asked a straight yes/no question: "Should Scotland…

A nuclear reactor must be removed from the center of Kiev

  • Marker: City, Ecology, Ukraine, Kiev

At the Institute of Nuclear Research, located on the Nauki Avenue in Kiev, nuclear reactor continues its work. Can a country which survived the Chernobyl disaster, afford such a "luxury" in the center of the city? "I am against any nuclear researches in the center of the city, especially if it is a very real nuclear reactor - the director of the Kiev Ecological and Cultural Center Vladimir Boreyko said. - Because no matter what security guarantees are provided by the…

Parents who are raising children at home must have appropriate tax incentives

  • Marker: National, Social sphere, Switzerland,

The Swiss Federal Council and the cantons have firmly rejected the "family initiative" put forward by the Swiss People's Party (SVP), insisting that the proposal merely serves to gives a tax advantage to single income families in Switzerland over their dual income counterparts. The SVP's family initiative seeks to introduce a constitutional principle that parents who choose to look after their young children themselves, with one parent staying home from work, should…

Regulation of double taxation between France and Switzerland must be upgraded

  • Marker: Economics, Switzerland,

The Federal Council adopted the dispatch on the new inheritance tax agreement with France for the attention of parliament. The agreement will prevent a legal vacuum that is detrimental to taxpayers. It also constitutes a first concrete step in the tax dialogue with France. On 11 July 2013 in Paris, Federal Councillor Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf and the French Finance Minister, Pierre Moscovici, decided to engage in a dialogue on outstanding bilateral tax and financial issues…

Named train tickets is the violation of the rights of Ukrainians

  • Marker: Protection of rights, Ukraine,

Experts see the innovation of " Ukrzaliznytsia» — return of the nominal train tickets — as legalization of espionage and violation of the Constitution, tsn.ua wrote. " Ukrzaliznytsia» says that it will not add inconveniences. It will protect passengers from speculators and help the railroad workers with the transition to electronic tickets. More of that, innovation was thought through to the smallest detail …