Scotland ‘s new first minister is in town on his first overseas visit since taking up the role.
Alex Salmond said he wanted Scotland to rediscover its sense of internationalism, adding that the country understood the need to raise its game on the world stage.
He also wants more of a voice for Scotland in the EU. He highlighted small members such as Slovenia (which has a population less than half that of Scotland’s) which assumes the union’s rotating presidency next year. “We recognise the success of so many small countries in Europe, and we aspire to the independent membership of the EU that they enjoy.”