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The heart of the matter: passion, politics and the EU referendum

Both Leave and Remain have appealed to voters’ guts to the extent that reason itself has become suspicious. Emotions will rule the day on 23 June, but at what cost?
23 June 2016
Uta Staiger
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Starts: Jun 23, 2016 12:00:00 AM

The price of solidarity: is Brexit worth it?

A misunderstanding of history and of historical time has put European solidarity on the chopping block. Think carefully before allowing the axe to swing, pleads Jan Kubik, Director of the School of Slavonic & East European Studies at UCL.
23 June 2016
Jan Kubik
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Starts: Jun 23, 2016 12:00:00 AM

Undecided on the referendum? These are the three questions to ask yourself in the voting booth

If there is one thing people can agree on as they prepare to vote on the UK’s EU membership: comprehensive, comprehensible and trustworthy information is in short supply. Every day, the quality of the debate sinks to a new low – yet the stakes are as high as ever. How, then, are you supposed to make your decision on June 23? What questions should you ask yourself when you enter the polling booth?
16 June 2016
Uta Staiger
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Starts: Jun 16, 2016 12:00:00 AM

UCL European Institute

Self-Determination Processes in the EU. The Case of Catalonia


This half-day symposium co-hosted on 25 October 2013 by the UCL European Institute and the Public Diplomacy Council of Catalonia (Diplocat) discussed recent claims some EU member states have faced by one of their constituent regions to be granted the right to decide on their separation from the state. In each case, what is at the forefront of political debate is not only the constitutional possibilities that exist in each state for such a separation to come into effect in the first place. Equally at stake is the question of the putative new state's status vis-à-vis EU membership. This half-day conference assessed both implications by concentrating, albeit not exclusively, on the case of Catalonia.



Programme (pdf)

Programme:
9am:
Welcome
  Professor Mary Fulbrook
Director, UCL European Institute
  Mr Albert Royo
General Secretary, Public Diplomacy Council of Catalonia
9.10am Introduction to Catalonia
  Mr Geoff Cowling
Former British Consul-General in Barcelona
9.30am
Assessing recent developments in Catalonia
Chair
Sir Stephen Wall
Chair of UCL Council
Speakers Professor Miquel Strubell
Chair in Multilingualism, Open University of Catalonia (UOC), co-founder of the Catalan National Assembly
  Mr Xavier Vidal-Folch
Journalist and former deputy editor of the Spanish newspaper El País, and correspondent in Brussels (1994-2000)

followed by discussion
10.40am Coffee Break
11am Self-determination processes in the EU
Chair Dr Uta Staiger
Deputy Director, UCL European Institute
Speakers Professor Robert Hazell, Director, UCL Constitution Unit
  Professor Montserrat Guibernau, School of Politics and International Relations, Queen Mary, University of London
  Mr Graham Avery, C.M.G., Senior Member of St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford, and Honorary Director-General of the European Commission
  followed by discussion
12.30pm Conclusions: EU Law and the Separation of Member States
  Professor Sir David Edward
Professor Emeritus at the School of Law, University of Edinburgh, and former Judge of the Court of Justice of the European Communities
12.45pm Closing session
  Mr Roger Albinyana, Secretary for Foreign and European Union Affairs, Government of Catalonia
  Sir Stephen Wall, Chair of UCL Council
 1pm  Lunch for all participants

In cooperation with:

Diplocat

Supported by:

Delegacio GenCat UK

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