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Do Not Fear Austerity: A Public Meeting with Yanis Varoufakis

Alessandro de Arcangelis, UCL PhD student in History, reports on a ‘public meeting’ with Yanis Varoufakis, and his advice to Jeremy Corbyn.
30 September 2015
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Starts: Oct 1, 2015 12:00:00 AM

A Syrian tragedy turning into a European tragedy

Gëzim Krasniqi, Fellow at UCL’s School of Slavonic and East European Studies, traces the shifting routes chosen by refugees from Syria—and how the EU’s lack of a coordinated policy has been turning the Syrian tragedy into a European one. It has left the Balkan states with a refugee crisis impossible to master.
23 September 2015
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Starts: Sep 23, 2015 12:00:00 AM

Fathers, Sons, and Grandfathers: Migration Across Generations

Through the stories of three generations in thirty families, Julia Brannen explores men's lives, migration, employment, fatherhood, father-son relationships and intergenerational transmission over the life course. As the worst refugee crisis since the Second World War unfolds across continents, she traces the stories of migrant generations that have gone before, of Irish grandfathers who left Ireland in the mid-20th century and Polish fathers who came to Britain in the 21st century, together with a group of white British 
9 September 2015
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Starts: Sep 9, 2015 12:00:00 AM

Eurozone Crisis and the Democratic Deficit

Publication date: Nov 03, 2011 10:29 AM

Start: Oct 10, 2012 05:00 PM
End: Nov 29, 2012 09:00 PM

29 November 2012

29 Nov 2012, 5.45-7.15pm

Medical Sciences & Anatomy Building
Medical Sciences 131 A V Hill LT
University College London
Gower Street
London WC1E 6BT

Eurozone Crisis

Eventbrite - Eurozone Crisis & the Democratic Deficit

There have been longstanding concerns regarding the democratic standards of the EU and its capacity to engage with citizens. This oft-invoked ‘democratic deficit’ specifically concerns the incomplete development of instruments of parliamentary democracy at the EU level, such as: the accountability of decision-making bodies to the electorate; party-political competition with rival programmes and ideologies; the capacity of public opinion-formation to influence policy development; and the balance between executive power and parliamentary oversight.

At all times hotly debated, these concerns have deepened as EU institutions have expanded their competences and moved into  policy areas directly affecting core areas associated with national sovereignty. Certain responsibilities in areas involving expertise or basic rights have long been delegated, albeit controversially, to agencies to a greater or lesser independent of direct government or electoral control (such as central banks and regulatory authorities). Yet increasingly, Europeanization and wider globalising trends, has led to policies that were previously  the exclusive competence of national governments (such as fiscal and social policies, or  the implications of non-discrimination on grounds of nationality), to be constrained by non-majoritarian institutions that are only partially and often very indirectly under domestic political control.

Arguably, these developments have contributed to the rising public disillusionment with established political systems at all levels, the upsurge of populist fringe parties, and new calls for the re-nationalisation of competences. Increasingly, the EU is criticised as a supposedly biased actor, dominated by certain state or economic actors, and imposing policies on Member States and citizens alike “from the outside”.

The panel on the 29th of November, part of a seminar series sponsored by the European Commission office in London, will address these issues from different policy maker/stakeholder perspectives. 


Sir John Gieve Former Bank of England and Visiting Professor at UCL
Lord Roger Liddle
Chair of the Board Policy Network and Labour member of the UK House of Lords
David Babbs
Executive Director, 38 Degrees
Dr Colin Provos
Department of Political Science, UCL
Chair: John Peet
The Economist

This event will be followed by a drinks reception in the Print Room Cafe.

Generously supported by the European Commission Representation in the UK

European Commission Representation