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From Indyref to Indignados: how passions and politics mix

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

10 things you need to know about what will happen if Scotland votes yes

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
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Starts: Sep 9, 2014 12:00:00 AM

The truth is, Scandinavia is neither heaven nor hell

The Nordic countries have received exceptionally good press in the UK - at least until earlier this year, when British travel writer and resident of Denmark, Michael Booth, claimed to dispel the of Scandinavia as the perfect place to live. Many are now confused. Is everything we believed about the social ideals of Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland a lie? Well, not entirely but we’re not all drunk serial killers either.
Dr Jakob Stougaard-Nielsen
19 August 2014 More...

Starts: Sep 8, 2014 12:00:00 AM

European Ethical Pluralism and the Challenge of Bioethics

Publication date: Dec 20, 2012 10:29:00 AM

Start: Sep 7, 2012 5:00:00 PM
End: Oct 24, 2012 6:00:00 PM

24 October 2012, 5.30pm

When
24 Oct 2012, 5.30pm

Venue:
Residence of the Belgian Ambassador
36 Belgrave Square
London SW1X 8QB

Admission strictly by registration only. For RSVP details see below.

Bioethics

Organised in the framework of the Ambassador's "Belgian Salon" Series

Stem-cell research, GM crops, animal cloning are just a few topics among an increasing set of ethically controversial issues addressed by policy-makers in all economically developed societies. Advisory bodies at both the national and European level play an important role in thinking about and deliberating on the complex questions involved. Different models of public reasoning and decision–making are found in different national bioethical committees. Some strive to find a consensus in the midst of ethical pluralism; others see their task as merely to reflect that pluralism.

The discussion is aimed at examining the challenges that ethical pluralism poses for policy making, particularly in the field of regulation. Disunity is bad, but does that mean that pluralism is good? Policies are better when they are the products of dialogue and debate, but what if no consensus emerges? What does it mean for regulation in the European Single Market, if some societies take one position on ethically controversial questions and other societies take a different view? Can there be a European deliberative process that would adequately take into account whatever differences in sensitivities exist at the national and even sub-national levels? 

These are just a few questions that will be discussed at the Belgian Salon, jointly organized by the Embassy of Belgium and the European Institute at University College London. Prominent speakers will introduce the debate that promises to be lively and thought provoking.

Programme

5.30pm
Arrival
5.40pm
Welcome by Ambassador Verbeke
5.45pm
Dr Albert Weale, Professor of Political Theory and Public Policy, UCL, London
  Dr Paul Schotsmans, President of the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Law, Faculty of Medicine, University of Louvain, Belgium
  Dr Inez de Beaufort, Professor in Health Care Ethics, Faculty of Medicine, Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam, The Netherlands
6.15pm
Debate
7.00pm
Reception

The “Belgian Salons” are a series of events organized by the Belgian Embassy in London addressing issues of common interest in an innovative and critical perspective.

Registration

To book your place, please RSVP Ann Willems

RSVP: 020 7470 3720  Email: ann.willems@diplobel.fed.be


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