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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
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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
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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
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Starts: Oct 6, 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.