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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

First-ever EU Presidential Debate

Publication date: Mar 04, 2014 12:21 PM

Start: Apr 28, 2014 12:00 AM

28 April 2014
Join us to watch and discuss the live-stream of the panel debate between candidates for the European Commission presidency.


28 April 2014


Council Room & Common Room
UCL School of Public Policy

Eventbrite - Live-Stream and Debate: First-ever EU Presidential Debate

From 22 to 25 May 2014, European citizens will head to the polls to elect a new European Parliament. These elections are expected to be different, not least because several European parties will put forward their candidates for the presidency of the European Commission.

In this context, the Maastricht Centre for European Governance at Maastricht University, in cooperation with the municipality of Maastricht and the European Youth Forum (EYF) has invited candidates for the Commission Presidency for a panel debate held in Theatre at the Vrijthof, Maastricht, on 28 April, at 19:00h-20:30h (local time).

As this debate will be live-streamed all over Europe, the UCL European Institute and the UCL School of Public Policy invite you to join us in following the debate – and then debate the debate –on the UCL Campus. The broadcast will be introduced by UCL staff and followed by open discussion and a reception.

Call for Student Questions

Interested in having the presidential candidates answer your queries?

The organisers are inviting young Europeans to send in questions on relevant themes, a selection of which will then be put to the candidates. If you are interested, fill out this form and send it to: eudebate2014@gmail.com by Sunday 10 April.