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The age-old question of what holds our societies together re-emerges periodically, particularly in times of crisis. In a world ever more globalised and virtual, the answer is often cast in terms of "trust", with its pivotal role as regularly called upon as its health called into question. How has trust risen to this centrality, and is it all as straightforward as it seems?
Dr Uta Staiger
13 August 2014
Starts: Aug 13, 2014 12:00:00 AM
Juncker’s nomination was not a sudden, not an unexpected and not even a distinct event. Neither does it spell
an end to the European Council’s dominance in constitutional politics or
make EU reform less likely.
Dr Christine Reh
2 July 2014
Starts: Jul 1, 2014 12:00:00 AM
As a closer look at the European
Parliament Elections in Central and Eastern Europe suggests, it may be
non-voting, rather than populist protest voting, which could prove the
long-term threat to sustainability of the EU’s troubled democratic
Dr Sean Hanley
2 June 2014 More...
Starts: Jun 2, 2014 12:00:00 AM
A public meeting with Jean-Luc Mélenchon: For an alternative to austerity in Europe.
Publication date: Nov 3, 2011 10:29:00 AM
Oct 15, 2012 5:00:00 PM
End: Dec 6, 2012 9:00:00 PM
6 December 2012
Jean-Luc Mélenchon will present a progressive alternative to the austerity policies which are being implemented across Europe and will address the shortcomings of European integration. One of the most influential leaders of the ‘Other Left’ in Europe, he will discuss the ‘historic failure’ of social democracy; its inability to shape a European Union based on solidarity and social justice. The introduction will be followed by a question and answer session with the public.
Chair: Prof Philippe Marlière (UCL)
Jean-Luc Mélenchon was a cabinet minister in Lionel Jospin's government (2000-02) as well as a member of the French Senate (1986-2009). He was a long-time executive member of the Socialist Party (1977-2008). He left the PS in 2008 and created the Left Party which is part of a wider electoral coalition, the Left Front. This umbrella organisation is similar to Syriza in Greece or Die Linke in Germany. In May 2012, Jean-Luc Mélenchon ran for the French presidency. In the first round of the election, he secured 11.1% of the share of the votes nationally (over 4 million votes). Since 2009, Mélenchon has been an MEP.
This event will be followed by a reception in the Cruciform Cafe.
With the support of the Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Union.