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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
Starts: Oct 1, 2014 12:00:00 AM
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
Starts: Sep 18, 2014 12:00:00 AM
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
Starts: Sep 9, 2014 12:00:00 AM
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.
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.
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.
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.