Scots voted No to independence by 55 per cent to 45 per cent, but the referendum debate energised a people determined to strike a blow against a pampered Westminster elite.
A combination of regular Ukrainian military supplemented by private militias organized by right wing political groups had been bombarding the cities of Luhansk and Donetsk.
In Germany today, references to Putin evoke all too sharply recollections of German language used against every Russian leader since the start of World War I.
The crisis in Eastern Ukraine is coming to a head, with intensified fighting and mounting casualties, including many civilians.
The Conservative-led coalition government in the UK has embarked on a "shock therapy" deregulatory binge across the English education sector.
"On February 22, the elected president of Ukraine was overthrown in a coup which was supported by the Obama administration."
Germany is having difficulty with its Ukraine policy.
This election is largely a contest of powerful business tycoons who made their fortunes out of the breakup of the old Soviet Union and the privatization of state enterprises that followed.
If you want to understand why our government is so worked up about Ukraine, a good place to start is with U.S. actions in Yugoslavia some 25 years ago.
The crisis in the Ukraine continues to be big news here in Germany, on front pages and screens.