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Do Not Fear Austerity: A Public Meeting with Yanis Varoufakis

Alessandro de Arcangelis, UCL PhD student in History, reports on a ‘public meeting’ with Yanis Varoufakis, and his advice to Jeremy Corbyn.
30 September 2015
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Starts: Oct 1, 2015 12:00:00 AM

A Syrian tragedy turning into a European tragedy

Gëzim Krasniqi, Fellow at UCL’s School of Slavonic and East European Studies, traces the shifting routes chosen by refugees from Syria—and how the EU’s lack of a coordinated policy has been turning the Syrian tragedy into a European one. It has left the Balkan states with a refugee crisis impossible to master.
23 September 2015
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Starts: Sep 23, 2015 12:00:00 AM

Fathers, Sons, and Grandfathers: Migration Across Generations

Through the stories of three generations in thirty families, Julia Brannen explores men's lives, migration, employment, fatherhood, father-son relationships and intergenerational transmission over the life course. As the worst refugee crisis since the Second World War unfolds across continents, she traces the stories of migrant generations that have gone before, of Irish grandfathers who left Ireland in the mid-20th century and Polish fathers who came to Britain in the 21st century, together with a group of white British 
9 September 2015
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Starts: Sep 9, 2015 12:00:00 AM

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2nd Annual Sakharov Debate: Dissent Today as the Art of the Impossible

6 December 2012

See below for videos from the second event in the Annual Sakharov Debate series, a yearly public event exploring current developments on Human Rights in Europe. Co-hosted by the European Parliament Office in London, it coincides each December with the "Sakharov Prize" being awarded by the European Parliament to people and organisations playing a crucial role in defence of human rights and freedom of speech.

This year, one year on from the death of Václav Havel, and in the light of a contemporary reinvention of dissident practice in the Arab Spring, the Occupy Movement, Charter 08 in China, and the neo-dissidence of Pussy Riot and others in Russia, we formulated topics for discussion that picked up on themes from Havel: dissent as the ‘art of the impossible’ and as a point of intersection between politics and aesthetics. Themes present in the work of the two Iranian activists, lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh and film director Jafar Panahi, joint winners of the Sakharov Prize in 2012.


  • Tom Moriarty (Occupy)
  • Edward McMillan-Scott (Vice-President, European Parliament)
  • Alena Ledeneva (UCL)
  • HE Michael Žantovský (Czech Republic Ambassador)
  • Moderator: Tim Beasley-Murray (UCL)

2nd Annual Sakharov Debate - All speakers presentations from UCL European Institute on Vimeo.

2nd Annual Sakharov Debate - Panelists' Discussion from UCL European Institute on Vimeo.

2nd Annual Sakharov Debate: Closing Remarks from UCL European Institute on Vimeo.

2nd Annual Sakharov Debate - Questions and Answers from UCL European Institute on Vimeo.

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