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The Dilemmas of European Decision-making and the Illegitimacy of the Fiscal Compact

EU decision-making assumes agreement at two levels: the national and the European. The dilemma highlighted by the crisis is how to make collective EU decisions acceptable not just to the 28 governments and MEPs but also to each of the peoples they represent. This problem cannot be resolved by either taking problematic decisions out of the political domain or confining them to decision-making purely at the EU level.
Prof Richard Bellamy
February 2014 More...

Starts: Feb 26, 2014 12:00:00 AM

From Sick Man of Europe to Economic Superstar

New research suggests that economic policy played no essential role in the dramatic resurgence of Germany’s economy, with important lessons for Europe.
Prof Christian Dustmann et.al.
February 2014 More...

Starts: Feb 5, 2014 12:00:00 AM

Horizon 2020 Launches! What Can We Expect?

After many months of plans, news and social media chatter, the EU’s new “Horizon 2020” programme for investing €70 billion* in science and innovation from 2014-2020, has launched. The first calls are now online and UCL plans to be at the forefront of participation.
Dr Michael Galsworthy
January 2014
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Starts: Jan 7, 2014 12:00:00 AM

Special Feature: The French Presidential Elections 2012

Publication date: Mar 21, 2012 6:46:56 PM

Start: Apr 18, 2012 12:00:00 AM
End: May 8, 2012 12:00:00 AM

Philippe Marlière (UCL French) et.al., April 2012


France

Charles de Gaulle once said that the French presidential election was “an encounter between the nation and a man” (sic). He may have been right in suggesting that this election is about personality politics - but there is also much more to it.

See below for analyses of this historic European election, including first results, thoughts on candidates, debates, the media, and the “mood” of French voters, provided above all by Philippe Marlière, Professor of French and European Politics at UCL French.


Analysis of the first round of the 2012 French Presidential Elections

Nicolas Sarkozy fights for his political life. Read Philippe Marlière's most recent commentary (23 April 2012), part of his ongoing election diary for Open Democracy.
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France grows tired of Nicolas Sarkozy, its half-baked president

For Philippe Marlière, Sarkozy, like Blair and Cameron, is not a man of deep political conviction. The French, he argued in this Guardian contribution of 19 April 2012, miss a president with a sense of state.
Read the commentary >>


Jean-Luc Mélenchon's policies are no far-left fantasy

No wonder the Left Front candidate is on the rise in France, Philippe Marlière argued on 15 April 2012 in the Guardian. He offers practical solutions where neoliberalism has failed.
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Pre-Election Analysis: Politics, Populism and Le Pen (with Counterpoint UK)

On 16 April, the UCL European Institute and London-based research and advisory group Counterpoint co-hosted an expert panel to debate the populist elements of the 2012 French presidential elections, and the implications of the likely strong showing of the far right Front National. The panel consisted of academics – Professor John Gaffney (Aston Centre for Europe), Professor Philippe Marlière (UCL) and Professor Jocelyn Evans (Salford University) - as well as journalists – Tony Barber (Europe editor of the Financial Times), Daniel Trilling (New Statesman) - and policy researchers - Jamie Bartlett (Head of the Violence and Extremism programme at Demos).

For a post-event analysis and online interviews, see our review page >>.