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The Spitzenkandidat process and its implications for the UK in the EU

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
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Starts: Oct 1, 2014 12:00:00 AM

From Indyref to Indignados: how passions and politics mix

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
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Starts: Sep 18, 2014 12:00:00 AM

10 things you need to know about what will happen if Scotland votes yes

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
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Starts: Sep 9, 2014 12:00:00 AM

EU/ European Careers

Publication date: Feb 13, 2013 1:58:00 PM

Start: Feb 13, 2013 12:00:00 PM

Ed Price

Ed Price
February 2013

According to the House of Commons library as of January 23rd, “in the period September-November 2012, 957,000 young people aged 16-24 were unemployed, up 1,000 on the previous quarter but down 82,000 on the previous year.” 

The unemployment rate for those aged 16-24 was 20.5%, “unchanged compared with the previous quarter and down 1.7 percentage points compared with the previous year.” Clearly, this is a very difficult job market for young people, as that age bracket includes recent university graduates. This means the process of finding a job may take longer than in better job markets, and so accordingly should be professionalised to the most precise degree possible.
In short, strong attention must be paid to both the presentation and preparation necessary for entering the current job market.

Strong advantages include a second or third language, preferably Asian, diverse experience through internships in the private and public sectors, extra-curricular activities and networks with various professional and interest groups/associations, and a strong, flexible attitude to prospective employment.

Finally, playing the long-game is important. Here, the most valuable asset any individual can offer any employer is their unique human capital, something which should be advantageously developed by young people even during the current downturn.

With regard to any of the advisory and analytical roles, it is important to have a strong handle on economic and financial issues as well as trends in politics and governance. Strong managerial skills are important in any role. Working in any parliament requires extensive knowledge on a wide variety of briefs, the ability to make very fine judgements about unfolding events and world class interpersonal skills.


Ed Price is Parliamentary Adviser to Shadow Minister for International Development Rushanara Ali MP. He has a background in the European Parliament, where he was the London office manager for Deputy Leader of Labour in Europe Claude Moraes MEP between 2009 and 2012. As former financial journalist, Ed also written about the global maritime market for Lloyd’s List from Paris and London, where he offered analysis of international trade, energy markets and shipping finance, as well as the economics of the Eurozone crisis. Previously working for the European Commission’s Europe Direct, Edward is also a graduate of both the London School of Economics and University College London.

Ed Price will be speaking on the 12th of March at the UCL European Careers event. More information soon to follow.