Scotland’s ruling party appoints new independence campaign chief

First Minister Sturgeon steps up push for referendum.

Scotland’s ruling party appoints new independence campaign chief

Scotland’s ruling party took a step forward in its push for a second independence referendum Saturday by appointing a new political director to lead its campaign to break from the United Kingdom.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said she was “delighted” that Michael Russell, her nominee, would be spearheading the Scottish National Party’s (SNP) pro-independence agenda.

Russell, the Scottish government’s former cabinet secretary for the constitution, will “oversee the development of the party’s independence campaign, as we look ahead to #indyref2 later in this Parliament,” Sturgeon tweeted.

Russell said that he was “pleased to take on the political direction of the independence work,” and added that he was “looking forward” to support the party’s commitment to a “positive, inclusive and successful” referendum campaign.

In an interview with POLITICO last month, Russell, who stepped down from his previous position this year, said any eventual talks on Scottish independence would be conducted differently to the U.K.’s Brexit negotiations, which he described as “a complete mess.” He added that Brexit had “drawn attention to the advantages of being in the EU.”

His confirmation comes amid a renewed push by Sturgeon to secure independence from the U.K., which she has described as “the will of the country,” rather than “just a demand of me or of the SNP.”

Sturgeon, who was re-elected last month, wants a referendum before the next Scottish parliament elections scheduled for 2026, but the British government is opposed to holding such a vote.

In the last referendum in 2014, the anti-independence camp won with 55.3 percent of the vote, but polls show the gap has narrowed significantly.

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EU founder Robert Schuman on path to sainthood

Pope Francis recognizes the 'heroic virtues' of European statesman.

EU founder Robert Schuman on path to sainthood

Robert Schuman, one of the European Union’s founding fathers, has taken step towards becoming a saint of the Roman Catholic Church, according to a decree published by the Vatican on Saturday. 

The Vatican said that Pope Francis had recognized the “heroic virtues” of Schuman, a Luxembourg-born French citizen born in 1886 and a devout Catholic.

The promulgation of the decree represents the first step in the Catholic Church’s long path towards sanctification, and grants Schuman the title of “venerable.”

Schuman, described in the decree as a “faithful layman,” played a key role in reconstructing post-war Europe, and along with other political leaders like Jean Monnet, had an instrumental role in setting up the current EU institutions. 

He served as the first president of the European Parliament, where a traineeship program named after him draws in scores of applicants each year from across the bloc. He died in 1963, aged 77.

In order to continue on his path towards sainthood, Schuman would have to have two miracles attributed to him, according to the BBC.

The Vatican decree also recognized the heroic virtues and miracles of other men and women, including 10 nuns killed by Soviet troops in Poland at the end of World War II.

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