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'Highly problematic, to put it mildly'

Deciphering the Conservative Party’s proposals for a new ‘British Bill of Rights’ is not an easy task, as the eight-page policy document is riddled with errors, distortions and imprecise language. What is more, their two main policy aims are highly problematic, argues
Colm O'Cinneide
9 October 2014
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Starts: Oct 9, 2014 12:00:00 AM

UK & EU: New Faces, Old Problems?

The row between Britain and its allies that accompanied the nomination of Jean-Claude Juncker as the new Commission President was seen by some as an effective short-term tactic from David Cameron. But the ‘Juncker bounce’ was short-lived and left Cameron in a long-term strategic pickle.
Paola Buonadonna
6 October 2014
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Starts: Oct 6, 2014 12:00:00 AM

Five lessons of the Juncker Affair

It is now three months since Jean-Claude Juncker was elected President of the Commission, against the express wishes of the British and Hungarian governments.  What lessons can we draw from this episode about British attitudes to the European Union?
6 October 2014
Prof Michael Shackleton
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Starts: Oct 6, 2014 12:00:00 AM

UCL PhD student submits evidence for House of Lord enquiry

31 March 2014

Heleen Jalvingh (UCL School of Public Policy) has contributed evidence to a report on the role of national parliaments in the EU, published this week by the House of Lords EU Committee.


The House of Lord's EU Committee has been set up to consider EU documents in advance of decisions being taken on them in Brussels,in order to influence the Government’s position and to hold them to account. It also conducts enquiries and makes report, which are offered as a contribution to ongoing debates, on the basis of collected evidence.

The Committee's latest report argues that it has never been more important that national parliaments should play a full and active role in the functioning of the European Union, both individually and collectively, as set out in the Treaty on European Union. However, the Committee holds that much more could be achieved, within the existing Treaty structure. Its report aims at a wide range of policymakers and others, within the UK and across the EU, and suggests a range of practical options, which could improve the involvement of national parliaments in the formulation and implementation of EU policies.

Heleen Jalvingh, UCL, School for Public Policy

Link to evidence: European Select Committee

Link to Report