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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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Starts: Sep 18, 2014 12:00:00 AM

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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Starts: Sep 9, 2014 12:00:00 AM

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...

Starts: Sep 8, 2014 12:00:00 AM

Advisory Board

UCL European Institute


We are privileged to be able to count on the expertise, experience and advice of an external Advisory Board, whose members have distinguished careers in politics, the media, academia, think tanks and cultural institutes. 

The Advisory Board is chaired by Sir John Birch, Chair of the UCL SSEES Advisory Board and former UK ambassador to Hungary.

  • Dominic Brett, Head of Public Affairs, European Parliament Office in the UK
  • Dame Nicola Brewer, UCL Vice Provost International
  • Heather Grabbe, Director, Open Society Institute Brussels
  • Charles Grant, Director, Centre for European Reform
  • George Krawietz, Director, DAAD London
  • Marie-Christine Lemardeley, President, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris 3
  • Lord Roger Liddle, UK House of Lords, Policy Network
  • John Peet, Europe Editor, The Economist
  • Martin Porter, General Manager, Edelman Brussels
  • Magda Raczynska, Head of Literature, Polish Cultural Institute London
  • Michael Shackleton, Visiting Professor, University of Maastricht. Former Head of the European Parliament Office in the UK
  • Philip Souta, Head of UK Public Policy, Clifford Chance LLP
  • Janet Zmroczek, Head of European Studies, British Library