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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
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
The Springs of Populism in Europe
Publication date: Jan 25, 2013 12:00:00 AM
May 10, 2013 1:00:00 PM
End: May 10, 2013 2:30:00 PM
10 May 2013
One year before the European Parliament elections and European democracies are in turmoil. Political scandals, economic instability, and a perception of a ‘democratic deficit’ among European institutions are fuelling a crisis of democracy. Amid this instability, populist parties are performing well – from emerging neo-fascists like Golden Dawn in Greece to more established populist forces such as France’s Front National.
In this panel discussion, the speakers will explore how these populist movements constitute a lens for understanding the current political challenges facing Europe’s leaders. They will look at the specific social and cultural factors that have led to the success of populism – with a particular focus on France and Greece in perspective to the UK – and will discuss what deeper institutional problems the movements point to.
- Michel Wieviorka: Director of the Fondation de la Maison des Sciences de l’ Homme and Director of CADIS/EHESS from 1993 to 2009. He is the author of the Counterpoint pamphlet Le Front National (FN), entre extrémisme, populisme et démocratie
- Othon Anastasakis: Director of South East European Studies at Oxford and Director of the European Studies Centre
- Peter Kellner: journalist, political commentator and President of YouGov
- Philippe Marlière: Professor of French and European politics, University College London
- Catherine Fieschi: Director of Counterpoint
With the support of the Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Union.