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Defining a new political contract for the EU

The EU is faced with the challenges of fashioning practices and institutions that reconcile the conflicting demands on political representatives from their international partners and their domestic constituents. This has been particularly manifest in the eurozone recently, but it reflects a deeper challenge which also concerns non euro-area members such as the UK.
Prof Albert Weale (UCL SPP)
19 March 2015 More...

Starts: Mar 19, 2015 12:00:00 AM

Don’t let the Paris murderers win

Professor Laborde warns against the reactivist response to the Paris murders: they misunderstand the role played by free speech and by laïcité. Further, they allow criminals to set the term of the debate on how to better facilitate Muslim integration if France.
Professor Cécile Laborde
26 February 2015 More...

Starts: Feb 26, 2015 12:00:00 AM

Britain and EU reform

Piet Eeckhout revisits the question of EU reform, including different options for and legal as well as political constraints of such reform.
Professor Piet Eeckhout
20 January 2015 More...

Starts: Jan 20, 2015 12:00:00 AM

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Joaquín Almunia on Competition in Financial Markets


In this talk, Joaquín Almunia, Vice-President of the European Commission and Commissioner (responsible for competition), addressed in particular the topic of Competition in Financial Markets. He recently took measures against several banks fining them a total of 1.7 billion euros for forming illegal cartels to rig interest rates.


Joaquín Almunia on Competition in Financial Markets from UCL European Institute on Vimeo.


About the speaker: Joaquín Almunia graduated in Law and Economics from the University of Deusto (Bilbao) and later followed the “Senior managers in Government” programme at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He has been an eminent actor in Spanish politics for many years, being appointed successively Minister of Employment and Minister of Public Administration under the government of Felipe Gonzalez. Mr Almunia then went on to become the Leader of the PSOE (the Spanish Socialist party) from 1997 to 2000 and was candidate for Prime Minister in 2000. Prior to his current role, he was European Commissioner for economic and monetary affairs (2004-2010). With this breadth of experiences, Mr Almunia is in an excellent position to discuss the main issues related to European, economic and current affairs.

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