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'Highly problematic, to put it mildly'

Deciphering the Conservative Party’s proposals for a new ‘British Bill of Rights’ is not an easy task, as the eight-page policy document is riddled with errors, distortions and imprecise language. What is more, their two main policy aims are highly problematic, argues
Colm O'Cinneide
9 October 2014
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Starts: Oct 9, 2014 12:00:00 AM

UK & EU: New Faces, Old Problems?

The row between Britain and its allies that accompanied the nomination of Jean-Claude Juncker as the new Commission President was seen by some as an effective short-term tactic from David Cameron. But the ‘Juncker bounce’ was short-lived and left Cameron in a long-term strategic pickle.
Paola Buonadonna
6 October 2014
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Starts: Oct 6, 2014 12:00:00 AM

Five lessons of the Juncker Affair

It is now three months since Jean-Claude Juncker was elected President of the Commission, against the express wishes of the British and Hungarian governments.  What lessons can we draw from this episode about British attitudes to the European Union?
6 October 2014
Prof Michael Shackleton
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Starts: Oct 6, 2014 12:00:00 AM

Sir Stephen Wall

UCL European Institute

Chair of the Advisory Board, UCL European Institute

Sir Stephen Wall

Stephen Wall joined the Diplomatic Service in 1968 and worked closely with five British Foreign Secretaries. He was Foreign Policy Adviser to Prime Minister John Major and EU adviser to Prime Minister Tony Blair.

He was British Ambassador to Portugal from 1993 to 1995, Permanent Representative to the European Union from 1995 to 2000 and Head of the European Secretariat in the Cabinet Office from 2000 to 2004.  From 2004 to 2005 he was the Principal Adviser to the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Westminster.

Taking up the baton from Alan Milward, he was appointed by the Prime Minister in 2007 to write Volumes II and III of the British Government’s official history of Britain’s relations with her EU partners. His Official History of the United Kingdom and the European Community Volume II, 1963-1975 was published in 2012. His book: A Stranger in Europe: Britain and the EU from Thatcher to Blair, was published in 2008. He is now writing the final volume of the Official History of Britain's relations with the European Union, covering the period 1975-1991.

Sir Stephen is Chair of the Council of University College, London, Chair of the Federal Trust, Chair of Trustees at Cumberland Lodge, Vice-Chair of  Business for New Europe, Member of the Council of Wilton Park, Member of the Board of Trustees of the Thomson Foundation, Trustee of the Franco-British Council and Honorary Fellow of Selwyn College Cambridge. He is also on the Council of the European Council on Foreign Relations and holds a Doctor of Laws honoris causa from the University of Birmingham.