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A Question of Trust

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

Published: Aug 13, 2014 3:38:16 PM

"A bad day for Europe"?

Juncker’s nomination was not a sudden, not an unexpected and not even a distinct event. Neither does it spell an end to the European Council’s dominance in constitutional politics or make EU reform less likely.
Dr Christine Reh
2 July 2014

Published: Jul 3, 2014 1:11:27 PM

EP2014 Turnout

When anger masks apathy

As a closer look at the European Parliament Elections in Central and Eastern Europe suggests, it may be non-voting, rather than populist protest voting, which could prove the real long-term threat to sustainability of the EU’s troubled democratic institutions.
Dr Sean Hanley
2 June 2014 More...

Published: Jun 2, 2014 4:31:22 PM

The Eighth European Parliament: More Politicisation

Despite “shocks” & “earthquakes” that took place at the national level, the European Parliament remains mainly pro-EU. Why did the rise of Eurosceptics not make more of an impact, and what do the results mean for the 8th European Parliament?
Alexander Katsaitis
27 May 2014 More...

Published: Jun 2, 2014 3:53:06 PM


Jean Monnet grant awarded

6 August 2014
Our two-year programme comprising research, events and resources on "Debating Europe in the UK" has been selected for funding by the European Commission.

Published: Aug 6, 2014 1:40:23 PM

Research Grant awarded: Passionate Politics

24 July 2014
The UCL European Institute, the UCL Centre for Transnational History and UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies have been awarded £10,000 seed funding for a new interdisciplinary research project on “Passionate Politics” from CHIRP.

Published: Aug 6, 2014 1:37:09 PM

UCL-IF humanities partnership: 2nd Call for Proposals 2014-15

July 2014
UCL and the Institut Français du Royaume-Uni invite UCL-based academics to apply for funds to organise collaborative workshops for the 2014-2015 academic year involving participants from UCL and from research institutions in France.

Published: Aug 6, 2014 1:35:00 PM

UCL in the Press

UMP funding scandal could derail a new Sarkozy bid for French presidency

19 June 2014
Professor Philippe Marlière
(UCL SELCS) looks at the effect the Bygmalion inquiry has had on Jean-François Copé and how it could influence Nicolas Sarkozy’s bid for the 2017 presidential elections. More...

Published: Jun 27, 2014 10:42:24 AM

Europe must face up to the new antisemites

20 June 2014
Professor Noreena Hertz, now at UCL's Office of the Vice-Provost Research, discusses the rising tide of hostility towards Jews across Europe.  More...

Published: Jun 27, 2014 10:39:32 AM

Brussels: a shifting landscape

18 June 2014
The UK Higher Education International Unit has just published a short policy piece by Dr Christine Reh (UCL School of Public Policy) on the recent European Parliament elections and results. More...

Published: Jun 19, 2014 12:00:00 PM

Featured Events 

summer break


August-September 2014
As every year, the Institute will hold practically no public events over the summer term. Our programme is set to resume in October. More...

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

EU 2014-19: New Faces, Old Problems?

2 October 2014
This panel discussion with three leading experts - academics and practitioners - will discuss the mid- and long-term consequences of the 2014 European Parliament elections and of the "Spitzenkandidaten" process in particular.

Starts: Oct 2, 2014 12:00:00 AM

Only Doing My Duty

10 October 2014
A workshop on "Defining Perpetrators in Relation to State Sanctioned Violence", hosted by the UCL research group Reverberations of the Second World War in Germany and Europe and the German Historical Institute in London.

Starts: Oct 10, 2014 12:00:00 AM

Featured Media


Legacies of European Colonial Slavery

12 March 2014
Video, 1h37min.