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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
The Nordic countries have received exceptionally good press in the UK - at least until earlier this year, when British travel writer and resident of Denmark, Michael Booth, claimed to dispel the of Scandinavia as the perfect place to live. Many are now confused. Is
everything we believed about the social ideals of Sweden, Denmark,
Norway and Finland a lie? Well, not entirely but we’re not all drunk
serial killers either.
Dr Jakob Stougaard-Nielsen
19 August 2014 More...
Starts: Sep 8, 2014 12:00:00 AM
Project for Democratic Union: The Future of Ukraine Event
6 March 2014
Recent developments in the Ukraine have seen a complete reorientation of its domestic political order. Internationally the country finds itself caught between the interests and offers of its larger neighbours, the European Union to the West and Russia to the East.
In many ways the country is thus at a crossroads, with developments rapidly unfolding. At a point in time when all eyes are set on perhaps he most important political development in the post-Soviet world, the question arises as to what lies ahead for the Ukraine and its neighbours. In a panel discussion, centering on the implications of the Euromaidan developments in the Ukraine and abroad, four experts on Ukrainian, as well as Russian affairs will shed light on what lies ahead for the country and the region. The debate, chaired by the PDU’s patron Lord Anthony Giddens, will evaluate European and Russian responses to the Ukrainian crisis, and assess potentials and opportunities for a new Ukrainian government.
- Sir Tony Brenton: former British diplomat who, amongst many other placements throughout his career, served as the United Kingdom’s ambassador to Russia from 2004-2008. He is currently a fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge.
- Andy Hunder: director of The Ukrainian Institute in London. His extensive knowledge and experience of the Ukrainian public sector make Hunder one of the leading experts on the country’s government relations and public affairs.
- Anton Shekhovstsov: Ukrainian researcher at UCL's School of Slavonic and East European Studies. He is the editor of the book series "Explorations of the Far-Right", and an expert on radicalism in the Ukraine and Russia.
- Orysia Lutsevych: research fellow in the Russia and Eurasia Programme at Chatham House. She has a wide-ranging knowledge of the Ukraine, with particular expertise in its foreign policy and relationship with the European Union, as well as domestic civil society development.
Time: 1pm-2pm, Friday 14th March 2014
Venue: Committee Room 3, House of Lords, London SW1A 0AA
To attend this event, please register at email@example.com citing your name and affiliation.
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The Project for Democratic Union (PDU) is a political think-tank which makes the case for a full political union of the Eurozone. We believe in a boldly democratic, unified Europe with a strong civil society and public sphere. Our activities range from running on- and offline campaigns to organizing academic projects and enlisting contributors of all nationalities and professional backgrounds. Managed by a group of dedicated supporters, the PDU is currently primarily based in Munich and London but has recently set up representations in Lisbon and Budapest. The PDU supports the democratic transformation and territorial integrity of Central and Eastern European states, with a perspective of successfully integrating them with the rest of the continent through the European Union and NATO.