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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

Published: Sep 18, 2014 12:47:35 PM


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

Published: Sep 10, 2014 1:04:54 PM

The truth is, Scandinavia is neither heaven nor hell

The Nordic countries have received exceptionally good press in the UK - at least until earlier this year, when British travel writer and resident of Denmark, Michael Booth, claimed to dispel the of Scandinavia as the perfect place to live. Many are now confused. Is everything we believed about the social ideals of Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland a lie? Well, not entirely but we’re not all drunk serial killers either.
Dr Jakob Stougaard-Nielsen
19 August 2014 More...

Published: Sep 8, 2014 11:09:52 AM

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


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

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 in the Press

Hollande's presidency has been a disaster since day one - and things can only get worse

27 August 2014
In this piece for The Conversation, Professor Philippe Marlière (UCL SELCS) discusses the record of French president François Hollande, and his edging ever closer to the political abyss. More...

Published: Sep 8, 2014 11:38:03 AM

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

Featured Events 

EU 2014-19: New Faces, Old Problems?

2 October 2014
This panel discussion with three leading experts - academics and practitioners - will discuss the 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. Defining Perpetrators in Relation to State Sanctioned Violence

9-10 October 2014
A workshop 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

Trust: A History

Trust: A History

15 October 2014
We often talk of a 'crisis of trust' - justifiably so, as the current crisis in the Western world is serious. However, trust as such is often misunderstood because we are unable to place it in historical context.  More...

Starts: Oct 15, 2014 12:00:00 AM

Featured Media


Legacies of European Colonial Slavery

12 March 2014
Video, 1h37min.