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The UK decision to withdraw from the EU: parliament or government?

If the principle of parliamentary sovereignty is to continue to have real meaning in Britain, the decision to leave the EU must be taken by parliament, not the government.
Piet Eeckhout
17 October 2016

Starts: Oct 17, 2016 12:00:00 AM

Does Eastern Europe have lessons for Brexit Britain?

What, if anything, can the experience of (research on) Eastern Europe say to us as we head towards Brexit? Lessons may lie above all in getting to grips with the tempo and nature of political change, its (un)predictability and likely channels.
Sean Hanley
1 August 2016

Starts: Aug 1, 2016 12:00:00 AM

Hollande's response to the Nice massacre will please only the far right

On Thursday night, for the third time since January 2015, President François Hollande was faced with a mass murder on French soil. An ashen-faced Hollande, almost looking like a broken man, appeared on television on Friday at 4am and declared: “This is undoubtedly a terrorist attack; the whole of France is under the threat of an Islamic terrorist attack”.
Philippe Marlière
18 July 2016 More...

Starts: Jul 18, 2016 12:00:00 AM

UCL European Institute


See here for a range of European Institute produced publications, all downloadable free of charge form the website. They include in-house edited volumes of short articles, as well as discussion papers and article-length working papers from UCL and external scholars specialising on Europe and the European Union. Often, these will have grown out of, or provide input into, public panel discussions and workshops organised by the Institute.

EINote 2: Britain and the European Convention of Human Rights

This fact sheet discusses the main debates relating to the application of the European Convention on Human Rights in the UK today. It considers in particular:  

• The question of withdrawal from the Convention system and the creation of a British Bill of rights. 
• Ways of reforming the current institutional framework so as to achieve a smoother relationship between the ECHR and the UK. 

Eleni Frantziou, Dr. Virginia Mantouvalou

5 Pages
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EINote 1: Pathways to EU Reform

This fact sheet discusses the three main options for reform and the challenges associated with them in the current political and institutional, British and European context. It considers in particular:

• Reform of the EU’s Treaties
• Opt-outs and flexible opt-ins
• Policy change: adopting new legislation or changing existing laws

Lenka Niederschuh, Dr. Christine Reh

5 Pages
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 Britain & Europe: Policy Briefs / 2013-14

These seven briefings are part of the year-long project Britain & Europe, run with UCL Laws and the UCL Institute for Human Rights, which examines the relationship between the United Kingdom and both the EU and the Council of Europe. Topics include: Referendum (EU Act 2011), European Convention of Human Rights, Single Market.

Eleni Frantziou, Alma Mozetic

Uta Staiger, Sarah Chaytor

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The Eurozone Crisis and the Democratic Deficit / October 2013

The contributions in this edited volume discuss the implications the Eurozone crisis is likely to have for the democratic standards of the Union and its Member States, specifically with regard to citizens’ perceptions of and participation in EU policy making.

Richard Bellamy, Francis Cheneval, Pavlos Eleftheriadis, Ulrike Guérot, Kalypso Nicolaïdis, Philippe van Parijs and Andrew Walton.

Richard Bellamy, Uta Staiger

21 pages
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 Interdisciplinary Views on Political Representation in the EU

Working Paper 4 / August 2012

This working paper documents the responses by 38 academics and experts from different disciplines on four key questions: the definition of democratic representation, its main challenges in the EU, political responses to it, and future research agendas.

Dr Sandra Kröger (University of Exeter)

124 pages
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Rethinking European Integration after the Debt Crisis


Working Paper 3 / June 2012

In this paper, Giandomenico Majone discusses how the Eurozone crisis could and should be used to identify the structural flaws of what has been called the “Community Method”, broadly understood, and to see how the integration process could continue – if necessary along different lines.

Professor Giandomenico Majone (European University Institute)

34 pages
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EU Citizenship and the Market/ December 2011

The bulk of rights that come with EU citizenship are still related to the internal market. Is the increasing expansion of this “market citizenship” through ECJ rulings undermining social solidarity? Or could these rights, which allow European citizens to move to and settle in another Member States, lead them to identify more closely with their fellow Europeans?

Rainer Bauböck, Richard Bellamy, Christian Joppke, Dora Kostakopoulou, Dimitry Kochenov, madeleine kennedy-macfoy, Uta Staiger. Foreword by Jonathan Scheele.

Richard Bellamy, Uta Staiger

30 pages
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Event Report: Economic and Political Reform in South East Europe/ December 2011

This report summarises the presentations and discussions made at the EU-Balkans Ambassadorial Roundtable, organised by the Institute with IBDE in November 2011. Speakers included Professor Slavo Radosevic (UCL SSEES), Peter Sanfey (EBRD), Laza Kekic (Economist Intelligence Unit), Dr Eric Gordy (UCL SSEES), Dr Marko Hoare (Kingston University). 

Rudi Guraziu, Epidamn Zeqo (IBDE)

20 pages
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The EU Hits Home - The Domestic Deficits of Representative Democracy in EU Affairs

Working Paper 2/November 2011

This paper explores whether domestic representative institutions are capable of living up to the normative role assigned to them and argues that to a degree that capacity has been eroded by the very process of European integration they are now supposed to control.

Professor Richard Bellamy (UCL), Dr Sandra Kröger (Exeter)

24 pages
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Still the Europe of Milward? On the Need for a New Long-Term Historical Understanding of Today’s Europe

Working Paper 1/September 2011

Taking its point of departure from the work of the late Alan Milward, this paper argues for a new historical understanding of the European integration process.

Professor Bo Stråth (University of Helsinki)

33 pages
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 The Future of Healthcare in Europe/ August 2011

European governments face a growing number of major health challenges, which are putting unprecedented pressures on public health systems. As this volume's contributors show, the distributive ethic of European healthcare is likely to be increasingly tested as demands on healthcare provision and access for high-quality care increase and cost pressures intensify.

Albert Weale, Jonathan Wolff, Michael Marmot. Foreword by John Tooke.

Sarah Chaytor and Uta Staiger

54 pages
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