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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

Sir Tony Brenton: “Russia and Europe: Friends or Foes?”

Publication date: Jan 18, 2012 6:01:17 PM

Start: Mar 9, 2012 12:00:00 AM

9 March 2012, Gustave Tuck, 6pm

Date & Time:
9 March 2012
6pm

NOTE THE VENUE:
Gustave Tuck LT

Followed by a reception in the South Cloisters.

Admission is free and open to all

Sir Tony Brenton

The UCL European Institute and UCLU European Society are delighted to welcome Sir Tony Brenton, former British Ambassador to the Russian Federation 2004-2008, for a talk on “Russia and Europe: Friends or Foes?”.

The event will be chaired by Dr Robin Aizlewood, Director of the UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies.

Sir Tony started his career in the British Foreign Office in 1975 learning Arabic and working in the British Embassy in Cairo for three years. In the following he worked in London and Brussels on European Community Foreign, Energy Policy and Environment Policy. He further specialised on the issue of environmental and energy policy during his sabbatical at Harvard University when he wrote “The Greening of Machiavelli – The History of International Environmental Politics”. Back in London, he headed a UN Department in the Foreign Office from 1989 to 90 and among other things negotiated for the 1992 Rio “Earth Summit”.

Sir Tony first worked in the British Embassy in Moscow from 1994 to 1998 and served as British Ambassador to the Russian Federation from 2004 to 2008. In 2007 he was awarded a KCMG, the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George.

Since 2009 he has been a fellow at Wolfson College, Cambridge. He also works as an advisor to Lloyd’s Insurance and to the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy.

For the latest updates on the event as well as for more information on UCLU European Society, visit www.eurosoc.co.uk. For any other queries please contact info@eurosoc.co.uk.