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At the Edges of Europe: Britain, Romania and European Identities

In their relationship to Europe, both Britain and Romania are situated at the continent’s edge, but that is where any list of comparisons between the two countries usually ends. Certainly, both countries are members of the European Union, but their respective responses to the European Union differ markedly. Polls conducted by Eurobarometer consistently put Romanians among the most enthusiastic supporters of the European Union, and the British (along with the Greeks) among the least. But what are the historical roots of Romanian and British attitudes towards Europe and the European idea?
27 July 2015
Prof. Martyn Rady More...

Starts: Jul 27, 2015 12:00:00 AM

Extremism disenchanted: what role can education play?

Young people in the UK today who are attracted to extremism are typically well educated. Given the weaknesses of this ideology in terms of its use of history, internal coherence of arguments and moral standards, its success with many educated young people requires explanation. The explanation, according to Dr. Farid, is multifaceted but education has a big role to play in curbing the trend.
2 June 2015
Dr. Farid Panjwani More...

Starts: Jun 2, 2015 12:00:00 AM

The case for an EU referendum

Christopher Bickerton, lecturer in Politics at the University of Cambridge, discusses how how the impending EU referendum in the UK necessitates open and unbiased academic debate, and how British discussions of EU reform may reverberate across the European continent.
15 May 2015
Dr. Christopher Bickerton More...

Starts: May 15, 2015 12:00:00 AM

‘Stuck in Transition’? The EBRD Transition Report 2013

Publication date: Sep 16, 2013 02:02 PM

Start: Nov 26, 2013 07:30 PM

26 November 2013
Join UCL SSEES and the European Institute for the launch of this year's EBRD Transition Report, a unique source of information on developments in Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States.

This is a free event and all are welcome but pre-registration is essential.


When:
26 November 2013, 5.30pm

In cooperation with
UCL SSEES

Where:
Europe House
32 Smith Square
London SW1P 3EU

Registration closes
on 25 November, 11pm

Eventbrite - ‘Stuck in Transition’? The EBRD Transition Report 2013

Following publication of the annual Transition Report by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies and the UCL European Institute are organising a panel discussion involving prominent academics and politicians.

The Transition Report is a unique source of information on developments in Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). The latest report highlights that economic reform continues to stagnate in the transition region, as reforms face significant political, social and human capital constraints. Progress in transition across countries has been closely correlated with their political systems: more democratic countries have come further, in terms of reform, than less democratic countries. But even and especially in the more democratic countries, public opinion turned against market reform after the 2008‐09 financial crisis. This reversal may have begun to show consequences, as witnessed by an increase in the number of “downgrades” in EBRD transition indicators, particularly in EU countries, since 2010. The long-term growth forecast is also projected to be modest.

This event will present the main findings of the 2013 EBRD Transition Report, and critically examine these with a range of political and economic experts.

Chair:
Slavo Radosevic, Professor of Industry and Innovation Studies and Acting Director, UCL SSEES

Principal Presenter:
Peter Sanfey, Deputy Director of Country Strategy and Policy within the Office of the Chief Economist at the EBRD

Panellists:

  • Božidar Delić, Serbian economist and politician, Minister of Finance in the first post-Milošević government of Zoran Đinđić in 2001-2003, and Vice-President of the government from 2007 to 2011, from the list of Democratic Party.
  • Júlia Király, Professor of Economics, former Deputy Governor of the National Bank of Hungary and Member of the Monetary Council from 2007 to 2013.
  • Tomasz Mickiewicz, Professor of Comparative Economics at UCL SSEES (until 2012), currently Professor within the Economics and Strategy Group at Aston Business School.