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COMMENTS 

The Democratic Disconnect

In the eurozone, the EU needs greater legitimacy at the national level not only to secure space for domestic politics but also to secure respect for social and economic commitments over time.
Prof. Albert Weale
24 November 2014 More...

Starts: Nov 24, 2014 12:00:00 AM

Europe: Six decades of strife and controversy for UK

It's groundhog day in Britain, where the European Union is concerned. The context changes, but the basic issues do not.
Sir Stephen Wall
18 November 2014 More...

Starts: Nov 18, 2014 12:00:00 AM

The 9 November poll in Catalonia

The recent Scottish referendum set a precedent in contemporary Europe by seeking to deliver, in agreement between Westminster and Holyrood, a binding decision on Scotland's future. The 'participatory process' that took place in Catalonia on 9 November could not be more different. Why is this so, what are its consequences, and where might we be heading?
Dr Claire Colomb
Dr Uta Staiger

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

The Eurozone Crisis and the Democratic Deficit

Publication date: May 16, 2013 11:19:46 AM

Start: Jun 14, 2013 12:00:00 AM
End: Jun 14, 2013 12:00:00 AM

14 June 2013

When:
14 June 2013, 3.00-7.00pm

Where:
UCL Pearson Building
Pearson (North East Entrance) G22 LT
Gower Street
WC1E 6BT

Supported by
The European Commission Representation in the UK

Deficit

Eventbrite - The Eurozone Crisis and the Democratic Deficit

As EU institutions have expanded their competences into areas directly affecting national sovereignty, so have concerns over its alleged ‘democratic deficit’ deepened. The Eurozone crisis has arguably taken these concerns to a new level, given that most policy responses to date have privileged executive decisions over parliamentary scrutiny, technocratic solutions over democratic accountability. The crisis has thus also contributed to rising public disillusionment with established political systems at all levels. Historically, economic downturns may always have affected public confidence – but is the Eurozone crisis eroding trust in the Union in an unprecedented manner?

 Programme:
3.15-3.30pm:
Welcome
  Kyle Galler, Principal Economic Policy Analyst, European Commission Representation in the UK
  Richard Bellamy
Professor of Political Science and Director, UCL European Institute
3.30-5pm The Democratic Legitimacy of the EU: is Federalism the Solution or the Problem?
Chair
John Peet
Europe Editor, The Economist
Speakers
Dario Castiglione
Associate Professor of Politics, Exeter
  Francis Cheneval
Chair in Political Philosophy, University of Zurich
  Andrew Duff MEP
  Kalypso Nicolaïdis
Professor of International Relations, Oxford
  Andrew Walton
Assistant Professor in Political Theory, St. Gallen
5-5.30pm Break
5.30-7pm Social Justice and the Financial Crisis: Is the EU the Problem or the Solution?
Chair Christine Reh
European Politics, UCL School of Public Policy
Speakers Ulrike Guérot
Senior Policy Fellow, European Council of Foreign Relations
  Philippe van Parijs
Hoover Chair of Economic and Social Ethics, Université Catholique de Louvain
  Fritz Scharpf
Emeritus Director, Max Planck Institute for the Studies of Societies
  Stewart Wood
House of Lords
  Richard Bellamy
Director, UCL European Institute
 7pm  Reception

 PhD workshop

A closed workshop with PhD students from UCL, Yale, Oxford, Exeter, Zurich and St. Gallen and some of the above speakers will be held on 13-14 June .


Context

European Commission Representation

This symposium is the concluding event in a year-long series on the Eurozone crisis and its effect on the democratic standards of the EU, which previously included policy roundtables, PhD workshops and public panel discussions. The series has been generously supported by the European Commission Representation in the UK.