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Why we post: a global perspective on social media

How do people use social media in different parts of the world, and what are the implications? Professor Daniel Miller explains what a team of anthropologists found by sending 15 months each in nine small towns all over the world, comparing social media use. You can engage with their research through a variety of free online resources including UCL’s first massive open online course (MOOC) starting on 29th February, a series of open access books published by UCL Press, and a short video.
25 November 2015
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Starts: Nov 25, 2015 12:00:00 AM

Cameron - Banning Milk and Cheese

Pablo Echenique is one of the five Podemos members elected to the European Parliament in 2014, and currently running for parliament in the upcoming Spanish general election. On Monday 26 October, he was scheduled to talk at the UCL European Institute, however the event had to be cancelled when he ran into difficulties at the UK Border. Here, he explains the full story…
2 November 2015
Pablo Echenique

Starts: Nov 1, 2015 12:00:00 AM

Flights from Freedom

Eva Hoffman, former editor of The New York Times and Visiting Professor at the UCL European Institute, asks what propels individuals to turn to extremist movements and argues that we need to build a ‘culture of democracy’ with shared norms and ethics.
22 October 2015
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Starts: Oct 22, 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.


  • 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.