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The UK decision to withdraw from the EU: parliament or government?

If the principle of parliamentary sovereignty is to continue to have real meaning in Britain, the decision to leave the EU must be taken by parliament, not the government.
Piet Eeckhout
17 October 2016

Starts: Oct 17, 2016 12:00:00 AM

Does Eastern Europe have lessons for Brexit Britain?

What, if anything, can the experience of (research on) Eastern Europe say to us as we head towards Brexit? Lessons may lie above all in getting to grips with the tempo and nature of political change, its (un)predictability and likely channels.
Sean Hanley
1 August 2016

Starts: Aug 1, 2016 12:00:00 AM

Hollande's response to the Nice massacre will please only the far right

On Thursday night, for the third time since January 2015, President François Hollande was faced with a mass murder on French soil. An ashen-faced Hollande, almost looking like a broken man, appeared on television on Friday at 4am and declared: “This is undoubtedly a terrorist attack; the whole of France is under the threat of an Islamic terrorist attack”.
Philippe Marlière
18 July 2016 More...

Starts: Jul 18, 2016 12:00:00 AM

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Slavoj Žižek and Srećko Horvat: What Does Europe Want?

A public debate with two irreverent philosophers following the recent publication of their jointly authored book: 

“Instead of a peace-project, the European Union is increasingly turning into a warzone: whether it be the expulsion of immigrants or riots in Paris and London, or European interventions to bring “more democracy” to Libya or Syria. But instead of leaving Europe to the enemies, Žižek and Horvat reflect on the fight for a different Idea of Europe.” (Istros Books, 2013)

Part One from UCL European Institute on Vimeo.

Part Two from UCL European Institute on Vimeo.

Part Three from UCL European Institute on Vimeo.


Slavoj Žižek is a Slovenian philosopher and cultural critic. His books include The Sublime Object of Ideology (Verso, 1989), Looking Awry: An Introduction to Jacques Lacan through Popular Culture (MIT Press, 1991), The Metastases of Enjoyment: Six. Essays on Woman and Causality (Verso, 1994), The Fragile Absolute, or Why the Christian Legacy is Worth Fighting For (Verso, 2000), The Puppet and the Dwarf: The Perverse Core of Christianity (MIT Press, 2002) On Practice and Contradiction (Revolution!) with Mao Zedong (Verso, 2007), Philosophy in the Present with Alain Badiou (Polity Press, 2010), The Year of Dreaming Dangerously (Verso, 2012), Less Than Nothing (Verso, 2013).

Srećko Horvat is a philosopher from Croatia. He is the author of After the End of History. From the Arab Spring to the Occupy Movement (Laika Verlag, Germany, 2013), a regular contributor to The Guardian and was one of the leaders of the Subversive Festival. 

Chair: Dr Bojan Aleksov (SSEES) The discussion follows the publication of the jointly authored book under the same title with Istros Books.

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