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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
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.