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'Highly problematic, to put it mildly'

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Start: Oct 9, 2014 12:00:00 AM

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

UK & EU: New Faces, Old Problems?

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Start: Oct 6, 2014 12:00:00 AM

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

Five lessons of the Juncker Affair

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Start: Oct 6, 2014 12:00:00 AM

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

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

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

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

From Indyref to Indignados: how passions and politics mix

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Start: Sep 18, 2014 12:00:00 AM

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

10 things you need to know about what will happen if Scotland votes yes

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Start: Sep 9, 2014 12:00:00 AM

Saltire

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

The truth is, Scandinavia is neither heaven nor hell

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Start: Sep 8, 2014 12:00:00 AM

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

A Question of Trust

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Start: Aug 13, 2014 12:00:00 AM

The age-old question of what holds our societies together re-emerges periodically, particularly in times of crisis. In a world ever more globalised and virtual, the answer is often cast in terms of "trust", with its pivotal role as regularly called upon as its health called into question. How has trust risen to this centrality, and is it all as straightforward as it seems?
Dr Uta Staiger
13 August 2014

"A bad day for Europe"?

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Start: Jul 1, 2014 12:00:00 AM

Juncker’s nomination was not a sudden, not an unexpected and not even a distinct event. Neither does it spell an end to the European Council’s dominance in constitutional politics or make EU reform less likely.
Dr Christine Reh
2 July 2014

When anger masks apathy

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Start: Jun 2, 2014 12:00:00 AM

EP2014 Turnout

As a closer look at the European Parliament Elections in Central and Eastern Europe suggests, it may be non-voting, rather than populist protest voting, which could prove the real long-term threat to sustainability of the EU’s troubled democratic institutions.
Dr Sean Hanley
2 June 2014

The Eighth European Parliament: More Politicisation

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Start: May 27, 2014 12:00:00 AM

Despite “shocks” & “earthquakes” that took place at the national level, the European Parliament remains mainly pro-EU. Why did the rise of Eurosceptics not make more of an impact, and what do the results mean for the 8th European Parliament?
Alexander Katsaitis
27 May 2014

No 'Camembert Fascism’: A View on the European Elections

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Start: May 27, 2014 12:00:00 AM

It is instructive to think of the European Parliament elections as not entirely unlike a pre-modern ritual that above all serves as a means to legitimise the political idea of the European Union. By any such standards, this year’s European elections were an utter failure.
Dr Daniel Siemens
27 May 2014

A "Second Invasion"?

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Start: May 21, 2014 12:00:00 AM

60 years ago this May, the first German tourists after the war were greeted with ambivalence.
Dr Julia Wagner
20 May 2014

The First European Presidential Debate

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Start: May 1, 2014 12:00:00 AM

The recent televised debate between party candidates for the EU's top executive post, the President of the European Commission, was a politically and democratically exciting first.
Dr Christine Reh
30 April 2014

The Dilemmas of European Decision-making and the Illegitimacy of the Fiscal Compact

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Start: Feb 26, 2014 12:00:00 AM

EU decision-making assumes agreement at two levels: the national and the European. The dilemma highlighted by the crisis is how to make collective EU decisions acceptable not just to the 28 governments and MEPs but also to each of the peoples they represent. This problem cannot be resolved by either taking problematic decisions out of the political domain or confining them to decision-making purely at the EU level.
Prof Richard Bellamy
February 2014

From Sick Man of Europe to Economic Superstar

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Start: Feb 5, 2014 12:00:00 AM

New research suggests that economic policy played no essential role in the dramatic resurgence of Germany’s economy, with important lessons for Europe.
Prof Christian Dustmann et.al.
February 2014

Horizon 2020 Launches! What Can We Expect?

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Start: Jan 7, 2014 12:00:00 AM

H2020

After many months of plans, news and social media chatter, the EU’s new “Horizon 2020” programme for investing €70 billion* in science and innovation from 2014-2020, has launched. The first calls are now online and UCL plans to be at the forefront of participation.
Dr Michael Galsworthy
January 2014

"This time it's different" – The Impact of the European Election

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Start: Dec 19, 2013 12:00:00 AM

"This time it's different", according to the European Parliament information campaign about the 2014 European Elections.  Posters and videos are urging citizens to "Act. React. Impact." But what has actually changed since 2009?
Fional Hall, Liberal Democrat MEP for the North East of England
December 2013

Learning from China

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Start: Dec 16, 2013 12:00:00 AM

What have we to learn from China and how they perceive us?
A recent visit proved to be an eye-opener.
Dr Daniel Siemens
December 2013

Lord Sumption's attack on Strasbourg: More than Political Rhetoric?

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Start: Dec 6, 2013 12:00:00 AM

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

Promoting LGBT rights at home and abroad: the role of the EU

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Start: Dec 6, 2013 12:00:00 AM

LGBT

While Europe has emerged as a world-leader in terms of the protection of LGBT rights, standards differ markedly from one EU Member State to another. As the EU still has much to do to promote LGBT rights internally, how can it effectively criticise states beyond its borders?
Dr Richard Mole
December 2013

Ukraine's protests gather pace

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Start: Dec 3, 2013 12:00:00 AM

As protests in Kiev are about to enter their third week, the ruling party is losing key members and morale. So what happens next?
Dr Andrew Wilson
December 2013

The Fiscal Effects of Immigration to the UK

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Start: Nov 27, 2013 12:00:00 AM

Recent EEA immigrants to the UK have have made a net fiscal contribution of about £22.1 billion between 2001 and 2011.
Prof Christian Dustmann
and Dr Tommaso Frattini
November 2013

To think what we are doing. Arendt at 107

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Start: Nov 12, 2013 12:00:00 AM

Arendt

In today’s paradoxical times of Occupy and voter apathy, of ‘big society’ versus the ‘fifth estate’, Hannah Arendt's work on political action is all but out of date.
Dr Uta Staiger
November 2013

Britain and Europe: Disentangling the referendum knot

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Start: Oct 21, 2013 12:00:00 AM

It is highly questionable whether the referendum “lock” provisions of the European Union Act 2011 put the UK in anything like pole position when it comes to reforming the EU.
Prof Piet Eeckhout
October 2013

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