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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

Successful Bid to the European Commission

5 October 2010

The Institute has just been awarded a project grant from the Commission Representation in London.

We successfully applied under the Representation's third call for proposals targeted at UK university departments and think tanks, which were invited to draw on their policy expertise and networking capacity to promote academic and public debate in their local communities.

The project, entitled "EU Citizenship and the Market: rights and identity in London’s European communities", will examine the contested notion of a European citizenship, its associated rights and opportunities for democratic participation.

Despite some amendments, the bulk of rights associated with European citizenship is still related to the the free movement of persons, goods, services and capital across the Community's internal market. While these enhance our personal liberty, allow us to coordinate and work freely with each other, and give us the opportunity to exert pressure and even seek rights of redress, such a ‘market citizenship’ has been judged by some to be not only passive and ‘thin’, but even as undermining social solidarity. At the same time, it may well be argued that it is precisely these economic rights, which have empowered citizens to move within the EU and settle in another member state. An alternative reading might thus see these market-related rights as a potential basis for a postnational kind of citizenship, in which rights and perhaps, ultimately, solidarity, are disassociated from national and territorially circumscribed membership of a state.

Our project will seek there to discuss precisely this relation between European citizenship and the market. To what extent is citizenship of the Union going beyond the market today? Or is it in fact coupled increasingly firmly to it?  And if so, is that necessarily a bad thing? Is talk of ‘mere’ market citizenship misguided if it provides not only real, tangible benefits for many citizens, but also leads them to identify more closely with their fellow Europeans? The objective is to discuss, learn and convey information about how exactly European citizens use their market-related rights when they move to, or do business with, another member state of the Union, and how this usage affects in practice their sense of identity and solidarity. 

The project will comprise three events. The first two are conversation rounds with focus groups from European communities living in London. These are followed by a one-day event including two public keynote addresses by Commissioner Vivianne Reding (tbc) and Prof Richard Bellamy (Director of the UCL EUropean Institute) and a workshop session with invited academics, policy-makers and experts. These will form the basis of a report highlighting the normative, legal and policy implications of the discussions, which will be published and made available to the participating institutions and the public.

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