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EU referendum: the view of a UCL clinician-scientist

John Martin, Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine at UCL, argues that scientific advance relies on creativity, cooperation, and financing. To leave the EU would diminish all three, dimming the light of British science in the world and threatening the UK’s future economy. This piece is part of the UCL European Institute’s commissioning partnership with openDemocracy. For more on this topic, join the UCL European Institute for its high-level panel discussion EU Membership and UK Science on 12 May.
10 May 2016
John Martin
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Starts: May 10, 2016 12:00:00 AM

‘Eurofog’ of claim and counterclaim on EU membership and UK science

Graeme Reid, Professor of Science and Research Policy at UCL, recently advised a House of Lords inquiry on the impact of EU membership on UK  science and research. In this post, he discusses the inquiry’s main findings, both expected and unexpected. He also joins a high-level panel to discuss the topic at the UCL European Institute on 12 May 2016.
10 May 2016
Graeme Reid
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Starts: May 10, 2016 12:00:00 AM

Something rotten in the state of Czechia?

The Czech Republic has been in the news recently because of its politicians' somewhat quick Celtic campaign to rebrand the country to the world as ‘Czechia’. But among political scientists and businesspeople the country's name has long suffered worst damage than this.
5 May 2016
Dr Sean Hanley
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Starts: May 5, 2016 12:00:00 AM

Publication: The Eurozone and the Democratic Deficit

17 February 2014

With contributions by Richard Bellamy, Francis Cheneval, Pavlos Eleftheriadis, Ulrike Guérot, Kalypso Nicolaïdis, Philippe van Parijs and Andrew Walton.


Publication: The Eurozone and the Democratic Deficit

The Eurozone Crisis and the Democratic Deficit (2013)
ed. by Richard Bellamy and Uta Staiger

21 pages

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As EU institutions have expanded their competences into areas directly affecting national sovereignty, so have concerns over its alleged ‘democratic deficit’ deepened.The Eurozone crisis has arguably taken these concerns to a new level, given that most policy responses to date have privileged executive decisions over parliamentary scrutiny, technocratic solutions over democratic accountability. The crisis has thereby also contributed to rising public disillusionment with established political systems at all levels. Historically, economic downturns may always have affected public confidence – but is the Eurozone crisis eroding trust in the Union in an unprecedented manner? And, if so, is political union the source of the problem or its solution?

Contents:

THE DEMOCRATIC DEFICIT, SOCIAL JUSTICE AND THE EUROZONE CRISIS
Richard Bellamy

DEMOCRATIC ACCOUNTABILITY FOR A MONETARY UNION
Pavlos Eleftheriadis

SOLIDARITY, DEMOCRACY AND THE EUROCRISIS
Ulrike Guérot

OF BREAD, GAMES AND GLADIATORS. WHY MAGIC BULLETS WILL NOT PLACATE EU CITIZENS AND WHY WE SHOULD NURTURE A EUROPEAN DEMOICRACY INSTEAD
Kalypso Nicolaidis

THE DEMOCRATIC LEGITIMACY OF THE EU:
IS FEDERALISM THE SOLUTION OR THE PROBLEM?
Francis Cheneval

THE EURODIVIDEND
Philippe Van Parijs

FEDERALISM, PAN-EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT, AND AGAINST ARTICLE 50:
A COMMENT ON THE EU’S DEMOCRATIC DEFICIT
Andrew Walton