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The Spitzenkandidat process and its implications for the UK in the EU

The 2014 European elections represent a deeply important moment for the EU, and for its member states. The introduction of a Spitzenkandidat process has created a new set of political and institutional dynamics. This piece considers the case of the UK, including the consequences of Cameron's opposition to Juncker and the nominaton of Jonathan Hill as European Commissioner.
Dr Simon Usherwood
1 October 2014
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Published: Oct 1, 2014 3:58:21 PM

From Indyref to Indignados: how passions and politics mix

As Scotland heads to the polls, this piece discusses the extent to which emotions have arrived at the heart of contemporary politics – yet we still hesitate to admit it. Emotions can neither be banished nor ignored when we discuss what constitutes political communities, how political decisions should be made and political action springs into being. Yet to embrace the rise of emotional politics without acknowledging how intimately it is and should be entangled with reason equally risks undermining just political action.
Dr Uta Staiger
18 September 2014
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Published: Sep 18, 2014 12:47:35 PM

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10 things you need to know about what will happen if Scotland votes yes

As the Scottish independence referendum draws closer the outcome is hard to predict. Both Westminster politicians and the wider public are asking what – in practical terms – would happen if the Scots were to vote Yes. Robert Hazell offers a 10-point overview of what the road to independence might look like.
Professor Robert Hazell
9 September 2014
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Published: Sep 10, 2014 1:04:54 PM

The truth is, Scandinavia is neither heaven nor hell

The Nordic countries have received exceptionally good press in the UK - at least until earlier this year, when British travel writer and resident of Denmark, Michael Booth, claimed to dispel the of Scandinavia as the perfect place to live. Many are now confused. Is everything we believed about the social ideals of Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland a lie? Well, not entirely but we’re not all drunk serial killers either.
Dr Jakob Stougaard-Nielsen
19 August 2014 More...

Published: Sep 8, 2014 11:09:52 AM

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Opportunity: UCL Public Policy secondment

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UCL Public Policy has established a scheme of part-time secondments for UCL researchers to spend time in Government departments or other policy organizations for a period of 3–6 months.
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Published: Sep 29, 2014 3:59:39 PM

PADEMIA workshop in Berlin: Call for Proposals

16 September 2014
Call for Proposals for the next workshop hosted by the Europe-wide network of 56 academic institutions (including UCL) to promote research and teaching on parliamentary democracy in Europe. Held on 19 November at the Bertelsmann-Repräsentanz in Berlin, the workshop will focus on EU-communication transformed? The 2014 Elections and future challenges. More...

Published: Sep 16, 2014 11:43:57 AM

European Commission grant awarded

6 August 2014
Our two-year programme comprising research, events and resources on "Debating Europe in the UK" has been selected for funding by the European Commission.
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Published: Aug 6, 2014 1:40:23 PM

UCL in the Press

'The world will think us mad to rip up the Union'

15 September 2014
Dr. Michael Collins (UCL History) writes in the Herald Scotland on the distinctions between nationalism and patriotism. In particular, he questions whether it is possible to abjure nationalism but to be "patriotic" about the Union and the ideals it represents.
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Published: Sep 29, 2014 4:05:28 PM

Hollande's presidency has been a disaster since day one - and things can only get worse

27 August 2014
In this piece for The Conversation, Professor Philippe Marlière (UCL SELCS) discusses the record of French president François Hollande, and his edging ever closer to the political abyss. More...

Published: Sep 8, 2014 11:38:03 AM

UMP funding scandal could derail a new Sarkozy bid for French presidency

19 June 2014
Professor Philippe Marlière
(UCL SELCS) looks at the effect the Bygmalion inquiry has had on Jean-François Copé and how it could influence Nicolas Sarkozy’s bid for the 2017 presidential elections. More...

Published: Jun 27, 2014 10:42:24 AM

Featured Events 

EU 2014-19: New Faces, Old Problems?

2 October 2014
This panel discussion with three leading experts - academics and practitioners - will discuss the long-term consequences of the 2014 European Parliament elections and of the "Spitzenkandidaten" process in particular.
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Starts: Oct 2, 2014 12:00:00 AM

Only Doing My Duty. Defining Perpetrators in Relation to State Sanctioned Violence

9-10 October 2014
A workshop hosted by the UCL research group Reverberations of the Second World War in Germany and Europe and the German Historical Institute in London.
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Starts: Oct 10, 2014 12:00:00 AM

Trust: A History

Trust: A History

15 October 2014
We often talk of a 'crisis of trust' - justifiably so, as the current crisis in the Western world is serious. However, trust as such is often misunderstood because we are unable to place it in historical context.  More...

Starts: Oct 15, 2014 12:00:00 AM

Featured Media

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Legacies of European Colonial Slavery

12 March 2014
Video, 1h37min.