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Europe: Six decades of strife and controversy for UK

It's groundhog day in Britain, where the European Union is concerned. The context changes, but the basic issues do not.
Sir Stephen Wall
18 November 2014 More...

Starts: Nov 13, 2014 12:00:00 AM

The 9 November poll in Catalonia

The recent Scottish referendum set a precedent in contemporary Europe by seeking to deliver, in agreement between Westminster and Holyrood, a binding decision on Scotland's future. The 'participatory process' that took place in Catalonia on 9 November could not be more different. Why is this so, what are its consequences, and where might we be heading?
Dr Claire Colomb
Dr Uta Staiger

13 November 2014
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Starts: Nov 13, 2014 12:00:00 AM

Yes, EU immigrants do have a positive impact on public finances

The impact of immigration on Britain’s tax and welfare system is a key element in the debate over the country’s relationship with the EU. Yet contrary to received opinion, research shows that EU immigrants to the UK in fact relieve the fiscal burden on UK-born workers and contribute to the financing of public services.
5 November 2014

Prof. Christian Dustman
Dr. Tommaso Frattini
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Starts: Nov 5, 2014 12:00:00 AM

Sir Stephen Wall

UCL European Institute

Chair of the Advisory Board, UCL European Institute, 2010-2014

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 was Chair of the Council of University College London until October 2014. He is 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.