The UK is about to enter a period of acute political uncertainty, after several generations of relative stability.
The European Union has agreed to step up sanctions against Russia over Ukraine by expanding a list of people targeted with asset freezes and visa bans.
THE UK Independence Party has emerged as the biggest financial loser in all three of Holyrood's recent by-elections.
Ukraine is in slow but insistent meltdown.
Watching the SNP at their Aberdeen conference this weekend, on the eve of a referendum on independence, I couldn't help thinking how extraordinary it is that this is happening at all.