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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
Is this Time Different? The 2014 European Parliament Elections
Publication date: Sep 16, 2013 2:02:16 PM
Start: Oct 17, 2013 12:00:00 AM
17 October 2013
“This Time is Different” is the slogan for the official run-up to the next European elections. In May 2014, EU citizens will elect their new Parliament. The Parliament will, in turn, elect the new President of the European Commission, based on a proposal by Europe’s governments. For the first time in electoral history, Europe’s political parties will propose their candidates for the Commission President ahead of the citizens’ vote and the governments’ proposal—a move which may transform “second order” elections into a genuine contest over competing political agendas.
This event brings together distinguished politicians and academics to discuss the process of candidate selection and its likely political and institutional consequences, before, during and after May 2014. Will the new way of candidate selection give voters a genuine choice in a pan-European campaign? Will this process, in turn, lead to the EU’s politicisation, as advocated by some and feared by others? Will it transform the role of political parties, both inside and outside the European Parliament? Will open, party political competition over the Commission Presidency change the relationship between the Commission, the Parliament and Europe’s governments, and swing the pendulum back towards supranational Union?
All citizens—European and non-European—are warmly invited to attend and debate!
- Fiona Hall, Member of the European Parliament
- Simon Hix, Professor of European and Comparative Politics, LSE
- Michael Shackleton, Special Professor in European Institutions, Maastricht University, and former Head of the European Parliament Information Office in London
- Tom Spencer, Deputy Chairman, Pro Europa (The Brussels Council of the British European Movement) and former Member of the European Parliament
- Christine Reh, Lecturer in European Politics, UCL