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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
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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

Roman oratory and the EU referendum campaigns

In addition to marking a politically decisive moment in British history, the campaigns in advance of the referendum on the UK’s membership in the EU were exciting objects of study for Classicists in terms of the political use of oratory.
Gesine Manuwald
11 July 2016 More...

Starts: Jul 11, 2016 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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