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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

European Film Salons - Portraying Perpetrators: 2 or 3 things I know about him

Publication date: Nov 13, 2013 04:48 PM

Start: May 12, 2014 12:00 AM

12 May 2014
Starting this academic year, the European Institute will be hosting a regular Film Salon. During these events, we will screen films produced in and with diverse topics of wider European relevance, in all genres. All screenings are free and will be followed by discussion.


12 May 2014,



Pearson Lecture Theatre
Pearson Building
Gower Street


Film: “2 or 3 things I know about him” - "2 oder 3 Dinge, die ich von ihm weiß" (Germany, 2005)
German filmmaker Malte Ludin explores the questionable legacy of his father, executed Plenipotentiary Nazi Party Minister Hanns Ludin, in this documentary that delves into a dark family history while exploring just how stories are passed down through the generations. It's been 60 years since the end of World War II, and though the story of Hanns Ludin is now a matter of public record, his family continues to whitewash their history and deny the brutal facts.
German with English subtitles
Prior to the event Alexandra Senfft will be in conversation with Stephanie Bird, UCL. Alexandra Senfft has written a sensitive and intriguing memoir, Schweigen tut weh (Silence is painful) coming to terms with the troubled life and tragic death of her mother, who was the daughter of a senior Nazi, Hanns Ludin, and was unable to come to terms with his crimes. Senfft is also the niece of Malte Ludin.

This event is linked to a half day conference for which entitled:

The first season in our Salon Series is dedicated to films in documentary and experimental, semi-documentary formats engaging with the legacy of war. More concretely, the selected films focus not on victims but on perpetrators: on those who did not suffer but commit crimes during war and dictatorship, and the ways both their families and society at large are coming to terms with these acts across the generations.

6 June Film: The Act of Killing
(Denmark, Britain, Norway, 2012)
In this chilling and inventive documentary, executive produced by Werner Herzog, Errol Morris and André Singer, the unrepentant former members of Indonesian death squads are challenged to re-enact some of their many murders in the style of the American movies they love.

16 June Film: La Sierra
(Colombia, 2005)
A documentary on 3 young people who live in Medellin, Columbia, in an area ruled by a gang with ties to the paramilitary armies
Spanish with English subtitles