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A Question of Trust

The age-old question of what holds our societies together re-emerges periodically, particularly in times of crisis. In a world ever more globalised and virtual, the answer is often cast in terms of "trust", with its pivotal role as regularly called upon as its health called into question. How has trust risen to this centrality, and is it all as straightforward as it seems?
Dr Uta Staiger
13 August 2014
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Starts: Aug 13, 2014 12:00:00 AM

"A bad day for Europe"?

Juncker’s nomination was not a sudden, not an unexpected and not even a distinct event. Neither does it spell an end to the European Council’s dominance in constitutional politics or make EU reform less likely.
Dr Christine Reh
2 July 2014
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Starts: Jul 1, 2014 12:00:00 AM

When anger masks apathy

As a closer look at the European Parliament Elections in Central and Eastern Europe suggests, it may be non-voting, rather than populist protest voting, which could prove the real long-term threat to sustainability of the EU’s troubled democratic institutions.
Dr Sean Hanley
2 June 2014 More...

Starts: Jun 2, 2014 12:00:00 AM

‘Stuck in Transition’? The EBRD Transition Report 2013

Publication date: Sep 16, 2013 2:02:16 PM

Start: Nov 26, 2013 7:30:00 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.