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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
Published: Oct 1, 2014 3:58:21 PM
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
Published: Sep 18, 2014 12:47:35 PM
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
Published: Sep 10, 2014 1:04:54 PM
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
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.
Published: Sep 29, 2014 3:59:39 PM
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
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.
Published: Aug 6, 2014 1:40:23 PM
UCL in the Press
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.
Published: Sep 29, 2014 4:05:28 PM
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
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
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.
Starts: Oct 2, 2014 12:00:00 AM
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.
Starts: Oct 10, 2014 12:00:00 AM
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