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In their relationship to Europe, both Britain and Romania are situated at the continent’s edge, but that is where any list of comparisons between the two countries usually ends. Certainly, both countries are members of the European Union, but their respective responses to the European Union differ markedly. Polls conducted by Eurobarometer consistently put Romanians among the most enthusiastic supporters of the European Union, and the British (along with the Greeks) among the least. But what are the historical roots of Romanian and British attitudes towards Europe and the European idea?
27 July 2015
Prof. Martyn Rady More...
Starts: Jul 27, 2015 12:00:00 AM
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
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
Call for Papers: Erasmus Network on Parliamentary Democracy in Europe
27 January 2014
The UCL European Institute is part of a new Erasmus academic network on Parliamentary Democracy in Europe (PADEMIA). The network will hold its first annual conference in Brussels on 12 and 13 June 2014.
The Work Package leaders now invite applications of interest for paper presentations for panels on the network’s Focus Themes (download the panel outlines for further information - see below).
Abstracts should be no longer than 250 words. Please send your abstracts to the panel organizers (to be found in the panel outlines) by Friday, 28 February with cc. to Dr Christine Reh and Dr Uta Staiger. The panel organizers will then choose and inform participants until the end of March. Each panel will last for approximately 90 minutes and comprise ca. four presentations. All panels are likely to take place on the first day of the conference, Thursday 12 June.
The PADEMIA budget covers the travel and subsistence costs for one participant from each of our 56 member institutions. Should more than one paper be accepted from UCL, the UCL European Institute will offer travel and subsistence costs to a second participant. Students are also very welcome to attend the conference without presenting any paper, but will have to take part at their own expense.
Panel Outlines: PADEMIA (pdf)
PADEMIA is a Europe-wide network of 56 academic institutions from 31 countries to promote research and teaching on parliamentary democracy in Europe. It seeks to enhance discussion among students, junior and senior researchers, and stakeholders, on how to deal with the new challenges parliaments and citizens across Europe are facing today. It also aims to highlight innovative approaches and establish best practices in teaching this key issue to present and future generations of students.
PADEMIA concentrates on the following 5 areas of relevance:
- Changing parliamentary institutions in Europe
- The role of parliamentary actors in Europe
- The relationship between parliaments and citizens in Europe
- Parliaments and the European public sphere
- Parliamentary democracy and constitutional development
It will also run 2 cross-cutting disciplinary perspectives on a) multi-level democracy and b) the economic and financial crisis to ensure conceptual and empirical linkages between the five areas of relevance.
Project activities include network-wide annual interdisciplinary events including conferences, international seminars, PhD schools, lecture series, and similar, as well as an online paper series, a student paper competition, and annual research and teaching awards.