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A Question of Trust

The age-old question of what holds our societies together re-emerges periodically, particularly in times of crisis. In a world ever more globalised and virtual, the answer is often cast in terms of "trust", with its pivotal role as regularly called upon as its health called into question. How has trust risen to this centrality, and is it all as straightforward as it seems?
Dr Uta Staiger
13 August 2014
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Starts: Aug 13, 2014 12:00:00 AM

"A bad day for Europe"?

Juncker’s nomination was not a sudden, not an unexpected and not even a distinct event. Neither does it spell an end to the European Council’s dominance in constitutional politics or make EU reform less likely.
Dr Christine Reh
2 July 2014
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Starts: Jul 1, 2014 12:00:00 AM

When anger masks apathy

As a closer look at the European Parliament Elections in Central and Eastern Europe suggests, it may be non-voting, rather than populist protest voting, which could prove the real long-term threat to sustainability of the EU’s troubled democratic institutions.
Dr Sean Hanley
2 June 2014 More...

Starts: Jun 2, 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