On this day in 1989, a student gathering in the Czechoslovakian capital of Prague set in motion a series of protests that culminated in the election of playwright-dissident Václav Havel to the presidency and the end of communist rule.
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This year, the Norwegian Constitution turns 200 years old, making it one of the oldest continuous national constitutions in the world. The U.S. Constitution, and the men who crafted it, played no small role in Norway’s deliberations.
Thanks in part to the promise of new powers for local government, Scotland voted to reject independence. But remarks by British Prime Minister David Cameron on the morning after the referendum have sparked a new constitutional frenzy.
It’s official: the Scottish people have rejected independence. But the matter is far from settled—the months and years ahead promise spirited debate over governance of the British union.
Is the world about to witness the end of the United Kingdom as it has existed for three centuries? On Thursday, the Scottish people will vote on a single question: whether or not to become an independent nation.