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The 2014 European elections represent a deeply important moment for the EU, and for its member states. The introduction of a Spitzenkandidat
process has created a new set of political and
institutional dynamics. This piece considers the case of
the UK, including the consequences of Cameron's opposition to Juncker and the nominaton of Jonathan Hill as European Commissioner.
Dr Simon Usherwood
1 October 2014
Starts: Oct 1, 2014 12:00:00 AM
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
Starts: Sep 18, 2014 12:00:00 AM
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
Starts: Sep 9, 2014 12:00:00 AM
First-ever EU Presidential Debate
Publication date: Mar 4, 2014 12:21:04 PM
Start: Apr 28, 2014 12:00:00 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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org by Sunday 10 April.
- Further information: First European Presidential Debate