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Extremism disenchanted: what role can education play?

Young people in the UK today who are attracted to extremism are typically well educated. Given the weaknesses of this ideology in terms of its use of history, internal coherence of arguments and moral standards, its success with many educated young people requires explanation. The explanation, according to Dr. Farid, is multifaceted but education has a big role to play in curbing the trend.
2 June 2015
Dr. Farid Panjwani More...

Starts: Jun 2, 2015 12:00:00 AM

The case for an EU referendum

Christopher Bickerton, lecturer in Politics at the University of Cambridge, discusses how how the impending EU referendum in the UK necessitates open and unbiased academic debate, and how British discussions of EU reform may reverberate across the European continent.
15 May 2015
Dr. Christopher Bickerton More...

Starts: May 15, 2015 12:00:00 AM

How much closer are we to Brexit?

If the British general election was a shock to many in the UK, then it was equally so for the chancelleries across the European Union. As much as they had started to think about a British renegotiation and referendum, there has been a very strong sense that the election result would throw that out of the window. Any such thoughts are now firmly gone. This commentary explores the outcome of the British General Election and the implications for a British in-out EU referendum.
Dr Simon Usherwood
8 May 2015 More...

Starts: May 8, 2015 12:00:00 AM

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Macmillan, Heath, Wilson and Europe: What did they do for us? Or did they just do for us?


4 October 2012

Sir Stephen Wall, formerly the UK’s Permanent Representative to the EU and subsequently Tony Blair’s EU adviser, draws for this debate on his most recent book examining British politics towards the European Community from the late 1950s to the late 1970s. His discussant, Gill Bennett, former chief Historian of the FCO provides some in depth insights.


Sir Stephen Wall from UCL European Institute on Vimeo.


Gill Bennett from UCL European Institute on Vimeo.


Macmillan, Heath, Wilson and Europe: What did they do for us? Or did they just do for us? (Total Lecture) from UCL European Institute on Vimeo.


  • Sir Stephen Wall, Chair of UCL Council, formerly the UK’s Permanent Representative to the EU
  • Discussant: Gill Bennett, former chief Historian at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Chair: Professor Richard Bellamy, UCL School of Public Policy


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