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The 2014 European elections represent a deeply important moment for the EU, and for its member states. The introduction of a Spitzenkandidat
process has created a new set of political and
institutional dynamics. This piece considers the case of
the UK, including the consequences of Cameron's opposition to Juncker and the nominaton of Jonathan Hill as European Commissioner.
Dr Simon Usherwood
1 October 2014
Starts: Oct 1, 2014 12:00:00 AM
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
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.