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UCL European Institute

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COMMENTS 

The Dilemmas of European Decision-making and the Illegitimacy of the Fiscal Compact

EU decision-making assumes agreement at two levels: the national and the European. The dilemma highlighted by the crisis is how to make collective EU decisions acceptable not just to the 28 governments and MEPs but also to each of the peoples they represent. This problem cannot be resolved by either taking problematic decisions out of the political domain or confining them to decision-making purely at the EU level.
Prof Richard Bellamy
February 2014 More...

Starts: Feb 26, 2014 12:00:00 AM

From Sick Man of Europe to Economic Superstar

New research suggests that economic policy played no essential role in the dramatic resurgence of Germany’s economy, with important lessons for Europe.
Prof Christian Dustmann et.al.
February 2014 More...

Starts: Feb 5, 2014 12:00:00 AM

Horizon 2020 Launches! What Can We Expect?

After many months of plans, news and social media chatter, the EU’s new “Horizon 2020” programme for investing €70 billion* in science and innovation from 2014-2020, has launched. The first calls are now online and UCL plans to be at the forefront of participation.
Dr Michael Galsworthy
January 2014
More...

Starts: Jan 7, 2014 12:00:00 AM

Core Activities

UCL European Institute

Events

The Institute runs an annual event programme in order to highlight topical issues and generate debate, host high-profile external speakers, develop in-depth discussions and contextualise UCL research output. We support events led by UCL scholars that broker new approaches to thinking and analysing Europe and the EU; these showcase the vitality and range of UCL expertise in this area. Some events are organised by the Institute itself in response to both current affairs and long-standing, fundamental questions confronting Europe and its integration processes. Wherever possible, we work with external institutions and organisations to bring UCL's research to a wide audience and influence public debate, thinking and policy.

Comment & analysis

The European Institute is the university's central platform for bringing the critical thinking and in-depth expertise of our researchers to a wide audience within and beyond academe. We regularly publish commentaries, thought pieces and brief articles by UCL academics and selected guest contributors, which respond to topical developments or comment on long-standing questions concerning Europe and the EU. We also occasionally commission, edit and publish working papers, booklets and policy briefings on particular topics; produced in-house, they are available in digital as well as hard copy format.

Junior Research Forum

The Institute runs a Junior Research Forum, through which we support groups of advanced research students  – MA and PhDs students as well as postdoctoral fellows at UCL – to further develop their research related to Europe or the EU. A funding call at the beginning of each academic year invites proposals from groups of at least two lead researchers, ideally from different departments. Proposals may range from discussion and reading groups to seminars, conferences and public lectures – or a combination thereof.

Information

One of the key tasks of the European Institute is to manage and distribute information among UCL staff and students as well as the wider public. This website will be the one-stop point for information on research and teaching on Europe at UCL. See our a extensive resource area for links, materials, archives and other relevant information for anyone researching EU history, politics, laws and related interests. For regular updates on the Institute’s activities and related news from UCL, please sign up to our newsletter, or use us as the main access point to find an expert on Europe at UCL. UCL staff are encouraged to contact us with details about their work and projects, with news, suggested content or upcoming events, or with queries regarding research expertise of staff at other departments and faculties.