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From Indyref to Indignados: how passions and politics mix

As Scotland heads to the polls, this piece discusses the extent to which emotions have arrived at the heart of contemporary politics – yet we still hesitate to admit it. Emotions can neither be banished nor ignored when we discuss what constitutes political communities, how political decisions should be made and political action springs into being. Yet to embrace the rise of emotional politics without acknowledging how intimately it is and should be entangled with reason equally risks undermining just political action.
Dr Uta Staiger
18 September 2014
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Starts: Sep 18, 2014 12:00:00 AM

10 things you need to know about what will happen if Scotland votes yes

As the Scottish independence referendum draws closer the outcome is hard to predict. Both Westminster politicians and the wider public are asking what – in practical terms – would happen if the Scots were to vote Yes. Robert Hazell offers a 10-point overview of what the road to independence might look like.
Professor Robert Hazell
9 September 2014
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Starts: Sep 9, 2014 12:00:00 AM

The truth is, Scandinavia is neither heaven nor hell

The Nordic countries have received exceptionally good press in the UK - at least until earlier this year, when British travel writer and resident of Denmark, Michael Booth, claimed to dispel the of Scandinavia as the perfect place to live. Many are now confused. Is everything we believed about the social ideals of Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland a lie? Well, not entirely but we’re not all drunk serial killers either.
Dr Jakob Stougaard-Nielsen
19 August 2014 More...

Starts: Sep 8, 2014 12:00:00 AM

EU Trade Commissioner speaks on EU-US trade negotiations

Publication date: Jan 20, 2014 11:47:05 AM

Start: Feb 21, 2014 12:00:00 AM

Britain & Europe Series
21 February 2014
Karel de Gucht to speak on "Making the most of Europe – the EU's common commercial policy as a driver for growth".

When:

21 February 2014

11.00am


Where:

UCL Faculty of Laws
Denys Holland Lecture Theatre
Bentham House (Graduate Wing)
Endsleigh Gardens
WC1H 0EG

Eventbrite - Britain & Europe Seminar Series: Making the most of Europe - the EU's common commercial policy as a driver for growth

EU Commissioner De Gucht will address the benefits of EU membership when it comes to international trade negotiations. He will speak about the EU's trade agenda, and what has been achieved over the last four years. He will also update us on the current EU-US trade and investment negotiations. The recent media controversy over investment protection negotiations (read e.g. George Monbiot in the The Guardian, 2 December 2013) will be addressed straight on.

The event will be chaired by Sir Stephen Wall, Chair of UCL Council and of the UCL EI advisory board.

The event is part of our Britain and Europe series.

About the speaker:

Karel de Gucht is the European Commissioner for Trade since 2010. Previously, he was Commissioner for Development & Humanitarian Aid (2009-10) and Belgium's Minister of Foreign Affairs (2004-09). He was a member of the European Parliament (1995-99) and a member of the Flemish Parliament (for the Flemish Liberals and Democrats, VLD), 1999-2003.

As Commissioner for Trade, his role includes work on the Doha trade round and the conclusion of free Trade Agreements, coordinating the Trans-Atlantic Economic Council with the US and the High Level Economic Dialogue with China, and strengthening economic relations with other strategic trade partners.