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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
Starts: Aug 13, 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
Starts: Jul 1, 2014 12:00:00 AM
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
long-term threat to sustainability of the EU’s troubled democratic
Dr Sean Hanley
2 June 2014 More...
Starts: Jun 2, 2014 12:00:00 AM
The Eurozone Crisis and the Democratic Deficit
Publication date: May 16, 2013 11:19:46 AM
Jun 14, 2013 12:00:00 AM
End: Jun 14, 2013 12:00:00 AM
14 June 2013
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?
Kyle Galler, Principal Economic Policy Analyst, European Commission Representation in the UK
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?|
Europe Editor, The Economist
Associate Professor of Politics, Exeter
Chair in Political Philosophy, University of Zurich
|Andrew Duff MEP|
Professor of International Relations, Oxford
Assistant Professor in Political Theory, St. Gallen
|5.30-7pm||Social Justice and the Financial Crisis: Is the EU the Problem or the Solution?|
European Politics, UCL School of Public Policy
Senior Policy Fellow, European Council of Foreign Relations
Philippe van Parijs
Hoover Chair of Economic and Social Ethics, Université Catholique de Louvain
Emeritus Director, Max Planck Institute for the Studies of Societies
House of Lords
Director, UCL European Institute
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 .
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.