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'Highly problematic, to put it mildly'

Deciphering the Conservative Party’s proposals for a new ‘British Bill of Rights’ is not an easy task, as the eight-page policy document is riddled with errors, distortions and imprecise language. What is more, their two main policy aims are highly problematic, argues
Colm O'Cinneide
9 October 2014

Published: Oct 9, 2014 12:09:17 PM

UK & EU: New Faces, Old Problems?

The row between Britain and its allies that accompanied the nomination of Jean-Claude Juncker as the new Commission President was seen by some as an effective short-term tactic from David Cameron. But the ‘Juncker bounce’ was short-lived and left Cameron in a long-term strategic pickle.
Paola Buonadonna
6 October 2014

Published: Oct 6, 2014 5:30:19 PM

Five lessons of the Juncker Affair

It is now three months since Jean-Claude Juncker was elected President of the Commission, against the express wishes of the British and Hungarian governments.  What lessons can we draw from this episode about British attitudes to the European Union?
6 October 2014
Prof Michael Shackleton

Published: Oct 6, 2014 5:05:59 PM

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

Published: Oct 1, 2014 3:58:21 PM


Opportunity: UCL Public Policy secondment

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UCL Public Policy has established a scheme of part-time secondments for UCL researchers to spend time in Government departments or other policy organizations for a period of 3–6 months.

Published: Sep 29, 2014 3:59:39 PM

PADEMIA workshop in Berlin: Call for Proposals

16 September 2014
Call for Proposals for the next workshop hosted by the Europe-wide network of 56 academic institutions (including UCL) to promote research and teaching on parliamentary democracy in Europe. Held on 19 November at the Bertelsmann-Repräsentanz in Berlin, the workshop will focus on EU-communication transformed? The 2014 Elections and future challenges. More...

Published: Sep 16, 2014 11:43:57 AM

UCL in the Press

'The world will think us mad to rip up the Union'

15 September 2014
Dr. Michael Collins (UCL History) writes in the Herald Scotland on the distinctions between nationalism and patriotism. In particular, he questions whether it is possible to abjure nationalism but to be "patriotic" about the Union and the ideals it represents.

Published: Sep 29, 2014 4:05:28 PM

Nobel Prize winner Professor John O'keefe concerned over immigration policy 

7 October 2014
Professor John O’Keefe (UCL Cell & Developmental Biology) describes Britain’s visa system as one significant obstacle to Britain recruiting the best scientists from abroad. More...

Published: Sep 29, 2014 4:05:28 PM

Featured Events 

History and Nationalism

History and Nationalism. Spain and Catalonia in a comparative context

23 October 2014
As the question of national distinctiveness resurges, this panel discussion with experts on Spanish, Catalan and Latin American history will discuss the uses and abuses of history today. More...

Starts: Oct 23, 2014 12:00:00 AM

Lunch Hour Lecture: The powers of the EU: myths and realities

28 October 2014
The growing and ever more intrusive powers of the EU are a constant refrain in political discourse. This lecture will examine what is myth and what is reality, and will discuss the mechanisms contributing to expanding EU powers, and the constraints on such expansion.  More...

Starts: Oct 28, 2014 12:00:00 AM

Featured Media


Legacies of European Colonial Slavery

12 March 2014
Video, 1h37min.