PRAGUE — Three hundred years after the first Scottish Parliament voluntarily voted itself out of existence in 1707, the Scottish National Party has won a plurality in the devolved Scottish Parliament that is one of British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s great legacies. Does an SNP-led government herald the breakup of the United Kingdom? More broadly, does nationalism, that product of 19th-century politics, still have a role to play in Europe?
The answer to the first question is almost certainly no. Nationalists polled only 31.9 percent of the votes cast with parties supporting the union polling 59.6 percent. Proof positive that proportional representation can produce strange outcomes.
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