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The rights & responsibilities of the university sector in the EU referendum debate

In this commentary, Lucy Shacketon outlines why UK universities have both the right and the responsibility to inform and influence the referendum debate. 
3 August 2015 
Lucy Shackleton More...

Starts: Aug 3, 2015 12:00:00 AM

At the Edges of Europe: Britain, Romania and European Identities

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

Extremism disenchanted: what role can education play?

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

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.

Speakers

  • 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 londonoffice@democraticunion.eu citing your name and affiliation.

Event weblink: The Future of Ukraine


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.