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What precisely is the Greek government’s mandate?

Kira Gartzou, research assistant in European Studies, analyses the differences in views expressed by Syriza towards Europe, and in particular Germany, during its winning electoral campaign, and the views now portrayed in Syriza’s party newspaper since coming to power in January 2015. What implications may this have for the future of Greek negotiations with creditor institutions, and what is actually the mandate of the Greek government?
Dr. Kira Gartzou
25 June 2015 More...

Starts: Jun 25, 2015 12:00:00 AM

Extremism disenchanted: what role can education play?

Young people in the UK today who are attracted to extremism are typically well educated. Given the weaknesses of this ideology in terms of its use of history, internal coherence of arguments and moral standards, its success with many educated young people requires explanation. The explanation, according to Dr. Farid, is multifaceted but education has a big role to play in curbing the trend.
2 June 2015
Dr. Farid Panjwani More...

Starts: Jun 2, 2015 12:00:00 AM

The case for an EU referendum

Christopher Bickerton, lecturer in Politics at the University of Cambridge, discusses how how the impending EU referendum in the UK necessitates open and unbiased academic debate, and how British discussions of EU reform may reverberate across the European continent.
15 May 2015
Dr. Christopher Bickerton More...

Starts: May 15, 2015 12:00:00 AM

UCL European Institute

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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