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'Highly problematic, to put it mildly'

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

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

UK & EU: New Faces, Old Problems?

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

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

Five lessons of the Juncker Affair

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

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

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Nationalism and Separatism in Finland and Ireland, c. 1886-1922

22 October 2014
This seminar, featuring Dr Andrew Newby (Helsinki), takes place under the Rethinking Modern Europe Seminar Series at the Institute of Historical Research (IHR) at the University of London. It is also run in cooperation with the European Institute, and is related to a panel discussion on history and nationalism in Spain and Catalonia on the following day. More...

Starts: Oct 22, 2014 12:00:00 AM

History and Nationalism. Spain and Catalonia in a comparative context

23 October 2014
As the question of national distinctiveness resurges, this panel discussion with experts on Spanish, Catalan and Latin American history will discuss the uses and abuses of history today. More...

Starts: Oct 23, 2014 12:00:00 AM

CREDOC Seminar: Civilisation in Political Thought

23 October 2014
The concept of civilisation looms large in current debates about the constitution of Europe, the authority of religious traditions, and national as well as supra-national identity. The seminar run by the Centre for Research on the Dynamics of Civilisation (CREDOC) re-examines the place of the concept in the history of modern political thought. More...

Starts: Oct 23, 2014 12:00:00 AM

Lunch Hour Lecture: The powers of the EU: myths and realities

28 October 2014
The growing and ever more intrusive powers of the EU are a constant refrain in political discourse. This lecture will examine what is myth and what is reality, and will discuss the mechanisms contributing to expanding EU powers, and the constraints on such expansion.  More...

Starts: Oct 28, 2014 12:00:00 AM

I died in hell - (They called it Passchendaele)

4 November 2014
A multilingual and multimedia commemoration of the First World War, organised by the UCL Centre for Low Countries Studies and curated by the Flemish-Dutch cultural institution Ons Erfdeel.  More...

Starts: Nov 4, 2014 12:00:00 AM

Sexual health: intersections in politics and society

11 November 2014
A cross-discplinary and cross-regional seminar on identity, class, ethnicity, and contested notions of 'community' in sexual health politics, with speakers from the UCL Institute of the Americas and the UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies.

Starts: Nov 11, 2014 12:00:00 AM

We Are The Giant

13 November 2014
Film screening of this gripping documentary on the Arab Spring, introduced by the producer and a funder. More...

Starts: Nov 13, 2014 12:00:00 AM

Total War: Mexico and Europe 1914

19 November 2014
Alan Knight (Oxford) will give a lecture comparing the (neglected) military dimension of the Mexican Revolution to WWI in Europe, in this event hosted by UCL's Institute of the Americas. More...

Starts: Nov 19, 2014 12:00:00 AM

2014 Sakharov Debate: Religion and Human Rights in Europe

3 December 2014
Religion has become one of the most salient questions of the twenty-first century. Bringing together academics, policy-makers, interest associations and journalists, this year's Sakharov Debate hosted by the UCL European Institute and the European Parliament Office in the UK, will discuss how our liberal democracies and human rights standards can or should respond to religious difference. More...

Starts: Dec 3, 2014 12:00:00 AM

Popular geopolitics in Russia and Post-Soviet Eastern Europe

19–20 February 2015
This two-day workshop focuses on the societal or ‘popular’ dimension of geopolitics in Russia and post-Soviet Eastern Europe. Amongst the questions to be addressed are 1) How do public attitudes reflect, contradict and/or shape official geopolitical rhetoric and policy choices? And 2) How are geopolitical narratives sustained and/or challenged by domestic and transnational media, popular culture, government policies? More...

Starts: Feb 19, 2015 12:00:00 AM