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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

Student Blogs

UCL European Institute

Writers of the UCLU European Society's award-winning Eureka Magazine contribute blog entries on Institute events and related topics.


Legacies of European Colonial Slavery
12 March 2014

This joint lecture addressed the issue of how Colonial slavery profoundly shaped modern Europe – in France as well as in Britain.


Refugee Protection, Migration and Human Rights in Europe
4 March 2014

The Syrian crisis is not only the world’s largest humanitarian crisis at present, but also Europe’s biggest refugee crisis in twenty years.


EU Trade Commissioner speaks on EU-US trade negotiations
21 February 2014

EU Trade Commissioner speaks on EU-US trade negotiations. Summary and reflection on a UCL European Institute event.


Self-Determination Processes in the EU: The Case of Catalonia 
20 October 2013

Summary and reflection on a UCL European Institute event: This half-day conference assessed the implications of separating from the state by concentrating on the case of Catalonia.


Is this Time Different? The 2014 European Parliament Elections
17 October 2013

Summary and reflection on the UCL European Institute event: an event that managed to combine pessimism with belief in the future.