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The Spitzenkandidat process and its implications for the UK in the EU

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
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Starts: Oct 1, 2014 12:00:00 AM

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

Britain and Europe

UCL European Institute

The relationship between Britain and Europe is a highly contested issue that dominates political and academic debates. As part of a year-long project at UCL, which examines the relationship between the United Kingdom and both the EU and the Council of Europe, we are collating up to date information on a range of important policy issues.

The series is convened by Prof Piet Eeckhout and Dr Virginia Mantouvalou (UCL Laws). It is run by UCL Laws in association with the UCL European Institute and the UCL Institute for Human Rights. The series has received generous support from the UCL Grand Challenge of Intercultural Interaction.


BIBLIOGRAPHY AND ONLINE RESOURCES

Browse our extensive lists of bibliography, online resources and policy briefs on the following specialist subjects:

  1. EU Referendum
  2. Human Rights
  3. The Single Market
  4. Tax
  5. EU-US Trade Relations
  6. Refugee Protection, migration, human rights
  7. EMU governance, EU citizenship, procurement
  8. The Margin of Appreciation
  9. EU Social Policy

POLICY BRIEFINGS

Click here to download policy briefs of the key topics covered by the project.


COMMENTS

Lord Sumption's attack on Strasbourg: More than Political Rhetoric?
We all agree that judges, in promoting the values of democracy and human rights, must not usurp the functions of parliament. But Lord Sumption’s attack on the Strasbourg Court was based on question-begging arguments that failed to address the substance of the issues involved.
Dr George Letsas
December 2013


EVENTS

The project included a series of high-profile lectures, panel discussions and seminars that took place during 2013-14.


'Your power to veto EU changes'? Implications of the referendum provisions in the European Union Act 2011
8 October 2013


An International Bill of Rights of Man: Where Next?
31 October 2013


The Single Market & liberalisation, harmonisation and mutual recognition: Time to rethink the balance of competences between the EU and the member states?
27 November 2013


Recovering Overpaid tax: The Shifting role of the ECJ
11 February 2014


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


Commissioner for Human Rights at the Council of Europe to speak on Refugee Protection, Migration and Human Rights in Europe
4 March 2014


EMU Governance, EU citizenship and public procurement
18 March 2014


Dean Spielmann: Whither the margin of appreciation?
20 March 2014


EU Social Policy
8 May 2014