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Europe: Six decades of strife and controversy for UK

It's groundhog day in Britain, where the European Union is concerned. The context changes, but the basic issues do not.
Sir Stephen Wall
18 November 2014 More...

Starts: Nov 13, 2014 12:00:00 AM

The 9 November poll in Catalonia

The recent Scottish referendum set a precedent in contemporary Europe by seeking to deliver, in agreement between Westminster and Holyrood, a binding decision on Scotland's future. The 'participatory process' that took place in Catalonia on 9 November could not be more different. Why is this so, what are its consequences, and where might we be heading?
Dr Claire Colomb
Dr Uta Staiger

13 November 2014
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Starts: Nov 13, 2014 12:00:00 AM

Yes, EU immigrants do have a positive impact on public finances

The impact of immigration on Britain’s tax and welfare system is a key element in the debate over the country’s relationship with the EU. Yet contrary to received opinion, research shows that EU immigrants to the UK in fact relieve the fiscal burden on UK-born workers and contribute to the financing of public services.
5 November 2014

Prof. Christian Dustman
Dr. Tommaso Frattini
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Starts: Nov 5, 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.