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EU referendum: the view of a UCL clinician-scientist

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Start: May 10, 2016 12:00:00 AM

EU Membership and UK Science

John Martin, Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine at UCL, argues that scientific advance relies on creativity, cooperation, and financing. To leave the EU would diminish all three, dimming the light of British science in the world and threatening the UK’s future economy. This piece is part of the UCL European Institute’s commissioning partnership with openDemocracy. For more on this topic, join the UCL European Institute for its high-level panel discussion EU Membership and UK Science on 12 May.
10 May 2016
John Martin

‘Eurofog’ of claim and counterclaim on EU membership and UK science

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Start: May 10, 2016 12:00:00 AM

‘Eurofog’ of claim and counterclaim on EU membership and UK science

Graeme Reid, Professor of Science and Research Policy at UCL, recently advised a House of Lords inquiry on the impact of EU membership on UK  science and research. In this post, he discusses the inquiry’s main findings, both expected and unexpected. He also joins a high-level panel to discuss the topic at the UCL European Institute on 12 May 2016.
10 May 2016
Graeme Reid

Something rotten in the state of Czechia?

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Start: May 5, 2016 12:00:00 AM

Klima cover

The Czech Republic has been in the news recently because of its politicians' somewhat quick Celtic campaign to rebrand the country to the world as ‘Czechia’. But among political scientists and businesspeople the country's name has long suffered worst damage than this.
5 May 2016
Dr Sean Hanley

What the people of Nagorno-Karabakh think about the future of their homeland

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Start: May 3, 2016 12:00:00 AM

What the people of Nagorno-Karabakh think about the future of their homeland

The disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakah has been caught in a tug-of-war between Armenia and Azerbaijan for decades. Internationally recognised as part of Azerbaijan, it’s home to an estimated 120,000 people, primarily ethnic Armenians, who want to separate from Azerbaijan. It’s been a de facto independent state since a fragile ceasefire was brokered in 1994, and low-level violence has flared up every spring ever since.
3 May 2016
Kristin M. Bakke

Migration, the lightning rod of the EU referendum

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Start: Apr 14, 2016 12:00:00 AM

Migration

The EU-Turkey deal should have no role in the Brexit debate, yet it brings the crucial question of the European Union and migration into focus at an inopportune time.
14 April 2016
Uta Staiger

Unsettling times for a settled population? Polish perspectives on Brexit

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Start: Apr 14, 2016 12:00:00 AM

Poland

Many Poles have lived, worked, and settled in the UK for up to 12 years now. Anne White, Professor of Polish Studies at the UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies, says it’s no longer so easy for them to pick up and leave.
14 April 2016
Anne White

Some thoughts on the psycho-geography of Europe’s free movement

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Start: Apr 7, 2016 12:00:00 AM

Some thoughts on the psycho-geography of Europe’s free movement

Eastern European migration takes place in a very different context than it once did. Eva Hoffman, author and essayist, asks what drives people to leave, and what drives them back again? This piece is part of the UCL European Institute’s commissioning partnership with openDemocracy.
7 April 2016
Eva Hoffman

The costs and benefits of EU energy and climate policy

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Start: Apr 6, 2016 12:00:00 AM

The costs and benefits of EU energy and climate policy

Michael Grubb, Professor of International Energy and Climate Change Policy at UCL, examines claims that EU energy regulation increases the costs of UK energy bills and argues that many benefits are often overlooked.
5 April 2016
Michael Grubb

The high stakes of the EU referendum

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Start: Apr 4, 2016 12:00:00 AM

High stakes

Four weeks ago we launched the Brexit Divisions project to explore the strategies and stakes of the upcoming EU referendum. Looking back, this is what we’ve learned.
4 April 2016
Uta Staiger

A confident UK has nothing to fear from free movement of labour

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Start: Mar 21, 2016 12:00:00 AM

A confident UK has nothing to fear from free movement of labour

Migration brings net gains to the UK, and to hamper it would likely be as bad for British nationals as it would be for EU migrants, contends Ian Preston, UCL Professor of Economics and Deputy Research Director of the Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM). This piece is part of the UCL European Institute’s second guest editor week on openDemocracy.
21 March 2016
Ian Preston

Are Merkel’s “open arms” really the problem?

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Start: Mar 15, 2016 12:00:00 AM

Angela Merkel

In many respects, the results of yesterday’s regional elections in three German Länder—Saxony-Anhalt in the East, Rhineland-Palatinate in the West, and Baden-Württemberg in the South—make for grim reading. As national and international headlines were quick to highlight, the rise of the far-right Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) has been stunning and dismaying in equal measure.
15 March 2016
Dr Uta Staiger

Siblings in Psychoanalysis

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Start: Feb 29, 2016 12:00:00 AM

Siblings in Psychoanalysis

The psychoanalyst Juliet Mitchell will deliver a keynote at the conference on Siblings and Psychoanalysis. Here, she examines the oft-neglected role that siblings play in psychoanalytic enquiry and argues that an understanding and exploration of this lateral axis of relationships is vital.
29 February 2016
Juliet Mitchell

Post-Brexit, would Whitehall be able to rise to the challenge of negotiating the best possible deal?

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Start: Feb 29, 2016 12:00:00 AM

Post Brexit

Much will be expected of the civil service if Britain votes to leave the EU. Every Whitehall department and diplomats in Brussels will be embroiled in complex negotiations to thrash out a series of new relationships. Without additional resources and expertise, the UK’s ability to obtain the best possible deal may be hampered.
29 February 2016
Nicholas Wright

Brexit is not an escape from EU regulation

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Start: Feb 18, 2016 12:00:00 AM

Bureaucracy

Piet Eeckhout, Professor of EU Law at UCL, explains how the argument for a UK exit of the EU on the basis that it would reduce ‘red tape’ for businesses is a false one. He notes that to benefit fully from the EU market, which is arguably one of the UK’s most important markets, the UK would still need to implement EU regulation but in the case of Brexit, would no longer be able to influence what that regulation is.
17 February 2016
Piet Eeckhout

On the Proposal for a UK Constitutional Court

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Start: Feb 17, 2016 12:00:00 AM

Justice Statue

Of all the rushed ideas for major constitutional reform that could be adopted by the current Government, the one for a UK Constitutional Court (UKCC) as a solution to the perceived EU problem is by far the worst, argues Jeff King, Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Laws at University College London.
16 February 2016
Jeff King

Maps in Films: the View from Ealing

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Start: Feb 4, 2016 12:00:00 AM

Whiskey Galore 1949

In the website The Cine-Tourist, Roland-François Lack, Senior Lecturer in UCL’s Department of French, has created a repository for his research around cinema and place. Here he illustrates some connections between maps and films.
1 February 2016
Roland-François Lack

How come “intolerant” Poland is among European leaders in collecting data on hate crimes?

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Start: Jan 14, 2016 12:00:00 AM

Poland hate crime

In Poland over the past ten years, there has been a creeping recognition of the need to combat hate crime. While intolerance remains an issue in this Central European country, developments in in the official response to targeted violence are evident. Nevertheless, it is unclear what motivated the authorities to address this issue. Piotr Godzisz, PhD candidate at UCL SSEES, explores what explains Poland’s leadership in this regard.
14 January 2016
Piotr Godzisz

How ISIS Rule and Mobilisation Matters for the Military Response to the Paris Attacks

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Start: Dec 16, 2015 12:00:00 AM

ISIS rule

Kristin Bakke, Senior Lecturer in Political Science looks at how air strikes may affect ISIS, given how ISIS rules and how it mobilises support and recruits fighters. Although air strikes might contribute to containing the group and its ability to rule, it is likely to fuel the narrative that fosters mobilisation. To the degree that there is a case for a military response against ISIS, it is, by itself, insufficient.

Care and education: how to make educational support for young people from state care backgrounds more effective

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Start: Dec 16, 2015 12:00:00 AM

YIPPEE Project

Young people who have spent periods of their childhood in state care do less well, in terms of educational qualifications, than those who have never been in care. Claire Cameron, Professor at the Thomas Coram Research Unit at the UCL Institute of Education, gives an insight into the findings of a comparative study that looked, for five European countries, at the social, political, economic and personal factors that help or hinder this highly disadvantaged, and socially excluded, group of young men and women in participating in higher or further education.
16 December 2015
Claire Cameron

Why we post: a global perspective on social media

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Start: Nov 25, 2015 12:00:00 AM

Why we post: a global perspective on social media

How do people use social media in different parts of the world, and what are the implications? Professor Daniel Miller explains what a team of anthropologists found by sending 15 months each in nine small towns all over the world, comparing social media use. You can engage with their research through a variety of free online resources including UCL’s first massive open online course (MOOC) starting on 29th February, a series of open access books published by UCL Press, and a short video.
25 November 2015
Daniel Miller 

Cameron - Banning Milk and Cheese

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Start: Nov 1, 2015 12:00:00 AM

Banning Milk and Cheese

Pablo Echenique is one of the five Podemos members elected to the European Parliament in 2014, and currently running for parliament in the upcoming Spanish general election. On Monday 26 October, he was scheduled to talk at the UCL European Institute, however the event had to be cancelled when he ran into difficulties at the UK Border. Here, he explains the full story…
2 November 2015
Pablo Echenique

Flights from Freedom

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Start: Oct 22, 2015 12:00:00 AM

Flights from Freedom

Eva Hoffman, former editor of The New York Times and Visiting Professor at the UCL European Institute, asks what propels individuals to turn to extremist movements and argues that we need to build a ‘culture of democracy’ with shared norms and ethics.
22 October 2015
Eva Hoffman

Do Not Fear Austerity: A Public Meeting with Yanis Varoufakis

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Start: Oct 1, 2015 12:00:00 AM

Austerity

Alessandro de Arcangelis, UCL PhD student in History, reports on a ‘public meeting’ with Yanis Varoufakis, and his advice to Jeremy Corbyn.
30 September 2015
Alessandro de Arcangelis

Hannah Arendt and the Ancients

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Start: Oct 12, 2015 12:00:00 AM

Hannah Arendt

One of the most original figures of the twentieth century, Hannah Arendt (1906-1975) still exerts a profound influence on political thinking today. Her work on revolution, action, totalitarianism, or “the banality of evil” continues to animate debates about democracy, about Israel and Palestine, about feminism and about the nature of political participation - she has even been the subject of a recent film. Miriam Leonard, Professor of Greek Literature and its Reception at UCL, discusses the inspiration that Arendt’s critique of contemporary politics found in antiquity.
12 October 2015
Miriam Leonard

A Syrian tragedy turning into a European tragedy

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Start: Sep 23, 2015 12:00:00 AM

Sryian Tragedy

Gëzim Krasniqi, Fellow at UCL’s School of Slavonic and East European Studies, traces the shifting routes chosen by refugees from Syria—and how the EU’s lack of a coordinated policy has been turning the Syrian tragedy into a European one. It has left the Balkan states with a refugee crisis impossible to master.
23 September 2015
Gëzim Krasniqi

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