Welcome to the UCL European Institute, UCL's hub for research, collaboration and information on Europe and the European Union.
The 2014 European elections represent a deeply important moment for the EU, and for its member states. The introduction of a Spitzenkandidat
process has created a new set of political and
institutional dynamics. This piece considers the case of
the UK, including the consequences of Cameron's opposition to Juncker and the nominaton of Jonathan Hill as European Commissioner.
Dr Simon Usherwood
1 October 2014
Starts: Oct 1, 2014 12:00:00 AM
As Scotland heads to the polls, this piece discusses the extent to which emotions have arrived at the heart of contemporary politics – yet we still hesitate to admit it. Emotions can neither be banished nor ignored when we discuss what constitutes political communities, how political decisions should be made and political action springs into being. Yet to embrace the rise of emotional politics without acknowledging how intimately it is and should be entangled with reason equally risks undermining just political action.
Dr Uta Staiger
18 September 2014
Starts: Sep 18, 2014 12:00:00 AM
As the Scottish independence referendum draws closer the outcome is hard to predict. Both Westminster politicians and the wider public are asking what – in practical terms – would happen if the Scots were to vote Yes. Robert Hazell offers a 10-point overview of what the road to independence might look like.
Professor Robert Hazell
9 September 2014
Starts: Sep 9, 2014 12:00:00 AM
Jean Monnet grant finalised
1 November 2013
31 October 2013
Having just submitted the final report for the year-long grant we had received under the Jean Monnet Programme, Information and Research Activities, it's time for a review.
Part of the EU's Lifelong Learning Programme, the Jean Monnet Information and Research Activities action is specifically directed at Higher Education Institutions working to promote discussion, reflection and knowledge about the process of European integration.
Our ambitious programme for 2012-13, funded under this action, has included the continuation of our core events series - such as the Belgian Ambassador's Salon Series, this time looking at the role of European Bioethics Councils; our EU Public Policy Series, including a lecture and masterclass with Professor Christian Joerges (Hertie School of Government); the second edition of our annual Sakharov Debate on Human Rights in Europe held with the European Parliament Office in the UK; and an events cycle co-organised with UCLU's European Society, for example on Britain's relationship with the European Union.
We were also breaking new ground, developing European-specific links under UCL's new Collaborative with US-university Yale, for example with our workshop with Yale Professor Seyla Benhabib. Other highlights included an public meeting with then French presidential candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon.
Staff, junior researchers and guest contributors wrote 13 commentary pieces for us, with two working papers adding in-depth analyses on current issues in European integration.
All of the above we highlighted on our revamped website and burgeoning social media accounts. See our Media Gallery for the video recordings of our events, which were attended by 1,600 people and viewed online by (thus far) 10,600+.
For details and further information, please contact us.