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How come “intolerant” Poland is among European leaders in collecting data on hate crimes?

In Poland over the past ten years, there has been a creeping recognition of the need to combat hate crime. While intolerance remains an issue in this Central European country, developments in in the official response to targeted violence are evident. Nevertheless, it is unclear what motivated the authorities to address this issue. Piotr Godzisz, PhD candidate at UCL SSEES, explores what explains Poland’s leadership in this regard.
14 January 2016
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Starts: Jan 14, 2016 12:00:00 AM

Maps in Films: the View from Ealing

In the website The Cine-Tourist, Roland-François Lack, Senior Lecturer in UCL’s Department of French, has created a repository for his research around cinema and place. Here he illustrates some connections between maps and films.
1 February 2016
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Starts: Feb 4, 2016 12:00:00 AM

How ISIS Rule and Mobilisation Matters for the Military Response to the Paris Attacks

Kristin Bakke, Senior Lecturer in Political Science looks at how air strikes may affect ISIS, given how ISIS rules and how it mobilises support and recruits fighters. Although air strikes might contribute to containing the group and its ability to rule, it is likely to fuel the narrative that fosters mobilisation. To the degree that there is a case for a military response against ISIS, it is, by itself, insufficient. More...

Starts: Dec 16, 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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