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EU referendum: the view of a UCL clinician-scientist

John Martin, Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine at UCL, argues that scientific advance relies on creativity, cooperation, and financing. To leave the EU would diminish all three, dimming the light of British science in the world and threatening the UK’s future economy. This piece is part of the UCL European Institute’s commissioning partnership with openDemocracy. For more on this topic, join the UCL European Institute for its high-level panel discussion EU Membership and UK Science on 12 May.
10 May 2016
John Martin
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Starts: May 10, 2016 12:00:00 AM

‘Eurofog’ of claim and counterclaim on EU membership and UK science

Graeme Reid, Professor of Science and Research Policy at UCL, recently advised a House of Lords inquiry on the impact of EU membership on UK  science and research. In this post, he discusses the inquiry’s main findings, both expected and unexpected. He also joins a high-level panel to discuss the topic at the UCL European Institute on 12 May 2016.
10 May 2016
Graeme Reid
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Starts: May 10, 2016 12:00:00 AM

Something rotten in the state of Czechia?

The Czech Republic has been in the news recently because of its politicians' somewhat quick Celtic campaign to rebrand the country to the world as ‘Czechia’. But among political scientists and businesspeople the country's name has long suffered worst damage than this.
5 May 2016
Dr Sean Hanley
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Starts: May 5, 2016 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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