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COMMENTS 

The Democratic Disconnect

In the eurozone, the EU needs greater legitimacy at the national level not only to secure space for domestic politics but also to secure respect for social and economic commitments over time.
Prof. Albert Weale
24 November 2014 More...

Starts: Nov 24, 2014 12:00:00 AM

Europe: Six decades of strife and controversy for UK

It's groundhog day in Britain, where the European Union is concerned. The context changes, but the basic issues do not.
Sir Stephen Wall
18 November 2014 More...

Starts: Nov 18, 2014 12:00:00 AM

The 9 November poll in Catalonia

The recent Scottish referendum set a precedent in contemporary Europe by seeking to deliver, in agreement between Westminster and Holyrood, a binding decision on Scotland's future. The 'participatory process' that took place in Catalonia on 9 November could not be more different. Why is this so, what are its consequences, and where might we be heading?
Dr Claire Colomb
Dr Uta Staiger

13 November 2014
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Starts: Nov 13, 2014 12:00:00 AM

EU 2014-19: New Faces, Old Problems?

Publication date: Aug 13, 2014 6:02:30 PM

Start: Oct 2, 2014 12:00:00 AM

2 October 2014
This panel discussion with three leading experts - academics and practitioners - will discuss the long-term consequences of the 2014 European Parliament elections and of the "Spitzenkandidaten" process in particular.


When:
2 October 2014
5.30-7pm

Free to attend but please register below

Where:
AV Hill Lecture Theatre
Medical Sciences 131
Malet Place, UCL
How to get there

Eventbrite - P&P: 'EU 2014-2019: New Faces, Old Problems?'

In the run-up to the May 2014 European Parliament elections, pan-European parties—for the first time in history—nominated lead candidates for the post of European Commission President. Against staunch opposition from the UK and Hungary, Europe’s heads of government nominated, and Europe’s parliament subsequently elected, the centre-right candidate Jean-Claude Juncker. This event brings together distinguished experts on European politics, the British media and Euroscepticism to explore the long-term institutional and political consequences of the “Spitzenkandidaten” process. Has the new way of candidate selection changed the EU’s inter-institutional relations by empowering the European Parliament? What are the likely long-term repercussions for (party) politics at the supranational and domestic level? Has Juncker’s nomination increased or decreased the likelihood of EU reform, called for by the British prime minister? What are the consequences for the line-up and policy-direction of the new European Commission? Has the process led to a wider debate about and a greater politicisation of the European Union?

Confirmed speakers:

Michael Shackleton is Special Professor in European Institutions at the University of Maastricht.  He spent most of his career in the Secretariat of the European Parliament in Luxembourg and Brussels, where his jobs included heading the service responsible for conciliation negotiations between Council and Parliament, setting up europarltv, the  European Parliament webTV channel, and finally, running the UK Information Office in London.  Since retiring at the end of 2011 he has also been an Honorary Senior Research Associate at University College London.

Simon Usherwood is Senior Lecturer in the University of Surrey’s School of Politics. He is a leading British expert on the mobilisation and impact of publics, interest groups and political parties that are opposed to the European integration process. He is a co-founder and coordinator of the UACES Collaborative Research Network on Euroscepticism. He is author of journal articles on various aspects of euroscepticism and on the UK’s European policy, as well as the co-author of The European Union: A Very Short Introduction (with John Pinder, OUP: 2013).

Paola Buonadonna
Paola Buonadonna is Media Director at British Influence. Throughout a 17 year career as a political journalist, mainly with the BBC, specialising in EU affairs Paola has focused on understanding and explaining how Europe works - and why sometimes it doesn't. She is passionate about giving people enough information and context to allow them to make informed choices.

Chair:

Christine Reh is Senior Lecturer in European Politics and Programme Director of the MSc in European Public Policy. Her research focuses on constitutional politics, the theory and practice of international negotiation, informal decision-making in the European Union and legitimate governance beyond the state. She has recently completed an ESRC-funded project on the reasons for and the consequences of the informalisation of the EU's legislative process since 1999, was a member of the APSA President's 2013 Task Force on “Negotiating Agreement in Politics”, and is on the editorial board of the Journal of European Public Policy.