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The UK decision to withdraw from the EU: parliament or government?

If the principle of parliamentary sovereignty is to continue to have real meaning in Britain, the decision to leave the EU must be taken by parliament, not the government.
Piet Eeckhout
17 October 2016

Starts: Oct 17, 2016 12:00:00 AM

Does Eastern Europe have lessons for Brexit Britain?

What, if anything, can the experience of (research on) Eastern Europe say to us as we head towards Brexit? Lessons may lie above all in getting to grips with the tempo and nature of political change, its (un)predictability and likely channels.
Sean Hanley
1 August 2016

Starts: Aug 1, 2016 12:00:00 AM

Hollande's response to the Nice massacre will please only the far right

On Thursday night, for the third time since January 2015, President François Hollande was faced with a mass murder on French soil. An ashen-faced Hollande, almost looking like a broken man, appeared on television on Friday at 4am and declared: “This is undoubtedly a terrorist attack; the whole of France is under the threat of an Islamic terrorist attack”.
Philippe Marlière
18 July 2016 More...

Starts: Jul 18, 2016 12:00:00 AM


Publication date: Nov 13, 2013 04:48 PM

Start: Feb 06, 2014 12:00 AM

6 February 2014
Free film screening in full cinema setting in the Bloomsbury Theatre. dir. Christian Petzold, 2012, V.O. with subtitles in English. Introduced by Gaelle Fisher (UCL School of European Languages, Culture & Society)


6 February 2014, 6.00pm


Bloomsbury Theatre
15 Gordon Street


Eventbrite - European Film Day 2014

Part of the European Film Day organised by the UCL European Institute, in cooperation with Routes into Languages. The  European Film Day offers teachers and students the opportunity to see original-version films (Spanish, French and German), with subtitles in English with an introduction delivered by UCL academics.

The evening screening of Barbara is open to all students, staff and the general public.

Barbara (dir. Christian Petzold, 2012)
Winner of the Silver Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival 2012, this drama of human and political dilemmas follows Barbara, a doctor working at the prestigious Charité hospital in the East Germany of 1980, as she is banished to a hospital in the provinces as a punishment for an application to emigrate to the west. There, while harassed by Stasi official Schütz and secretly planning her escape, Barbara appears also to captivate an idealistic and handsome colleague. Is he falling in love with her? Is he another Stasi spy? Or both?