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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

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.

For more information, please contact us.