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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
Starts: Sep 18, 2014 12:00:00 AM
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
Starts: Sep 9, 2014 12:00:00 AM
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
Gordon Bajnai: East Central Europe’s Political & Economic Future in an Ever Changing EU
Publication date: Feb 19, 2013 11:39:56 AM
Mar 11, 2013 4:30:00 PM
End: Mar 11, 2013 8:00:00 PM
11 March 2013
The financial crisis has challenged the leadership of governments, financial institutions and the European Union itself. Mr Bajnai will talk about these regional economic and political challenges, including the impact of the Eurozone crisis, the rise of populism and nationalism, the internal dynamics of the region as well as ECE countries’ future relationship with the EU. He will also talk about the two-speed development of the EU, the concept that some countries will progress and integrate into the EU faster than others based on economic and social conditions within their own borders. He will also refer to the democratic deficit of the EU and the inefficient functioning of the European institutions and politicians' incompetence that could be deduced from one another, and thought it possible that politicians represent their own voters at the Council, but try to find solutions on a European level.
- Chair: John Peet, The Economist
- Introduction: Tim Beasley-Murray, UCL SSEES
This free event will be followed by a reception in the South Cloisters.
Bio: Gordon BAJNAI, former Prime Minister of Hungary (2009-2010). Currently Mr Bajnai is an adjunct professor at Columbia University SIPA and a visiting fellow at John Hopkins University (SAIS). He is also a senior adviser to the Center for Strategic International Studies (CSIS), the Washington based think tank and a member of the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR). He acts on the global and regional advisory boards of important European corporations.
In 2009 - 2010 Mr Bajnai served as the Prime Minister of the Republic of Hungary, leading the crisis management government as a non-partisan technocrat. Prior to this, from 2006 he was appointed a Government Commissioner in charge of the National Development Plan; then Minister of Local Government and then Minister of National Development and Economic Affairs.
Between 2000 and 2006 he was CEO of the Wallis Group, a leading Hungarian diversified investment company. Between 1995 and 2000 he was Managing Director and Deputy CEO of CA IB Securities, the recognized investment bank in Hungary. In addition, during his 16 years of private sector career before joining government, he participated in the direction of the following companies: Budapest Airport as Chairman; Zwack Unicum Plc as a member of the Supervisory Board; Danubius Radio, Graboplast and Rába Plc as a member of the Board of Directors; in 1999 he was a member of Equinox Private Equity Fund’s Investment Board, in cooperation with Advent International. He received his diploma at the Budapest University of Economics in 1991.
Bio: John Peet, Europe Editor, was previously Business Affairs Editor (from 1998), responsible for the business, finance and economics and science & technology coverage of the paper. Prior to this he had been Brussels Correspondent, Executive Editor, Surveys Editor, Finance Correspondent, Washington, DC, Correspondent and Britain Correspondent.
This event is co-hosted by SSEES
With the support of the Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Union.