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The UK decision to withdraw from the EU: parliament or government?

If the principle of parliamentary sovereignty is to continue to have real meaning in Britain, the decision to leave the EU must be taken by parliament, not the government.
Piet Eeckhout
17 October 2016

Starts: Oct 17, 2016 12:00:00 AM

Does Eastern Europe have lessons for Brexit Britain?

What, if anything, can the experience of (research on) Eastern Europe say to us as we head towards Brexit? Lessons may lie above all in getting to grips with the tempo and nature of political change, its (un)predictability and likely channels.
Sean Hanley
1 August 2016

Starts: Aug 1, 2016 12:00:00 AM

Hollande's response to the Nice massacre will please only the far right

On Thursday night, for the third time since January 2015, President François Hollande was faced with a mass murder on French soil. An ashen-faced Hollande, almost looking like a broken man, appeared on television on Friday at 4am and declared: “This is undoubtedly a terrorist attack; the whole of France is under the threat of an Islamic terrorist attack”.
Philippe Marlière
18 July 2016 More...

Starts: Jul 18, 2016 12:00:00 AM

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

Publication date: Jan 18, 2012 06:01 PM

Start: Mar 09, 2012 12:00 AM

9 March 2012, Gustave Tuck, 6pm

Date & Time:
9 March 2012

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.