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The 2014 European elections represent a deeply important moment for the EU, and for its member states. The introduction of a Spitzenkandidat
process has created a new set of political and
institutional dynamics. This piece considers the case of
the UK, including the consequences of Cameron's opposition to Juncker and the nominaton of Jonathan Hill as European Commissioner.
Dr Simon Usherwood
1 October 2014
Starts: Oct 1, 2014 12:00:00 AM
As Scotland heads to the polls, this piece discusses the extent to which emotions have arrived at the heart of contemporary politics – yet we still hesitate to admit it. Emotions can neither be banished nor ignored when we discuss what constitutes political communities, how political decisions should be made and political action springs into being. Yet to embrace the rise of emotional politics without acknowledging how intimately it is and should be entangled with reason equally risks undermining just political action.
Dr Uta Staiger
18 September 2014
Starts: Sep 18, 2014 12:00:00 AM
As the Scottish independence referendum draws closer the outcome is hard to predict. Both Westminster politicians and the wider public are asking what – in practical terms – would happen if the Scots were to vote Yes. Robert Hazell offers a 10-point overview of what the road to independence might look like.
Professor Robert Hazell
9 September 2014
Starts: Sep 9, 2014 12:00:00 AM
In the media: Beecroft Report on employment law compared
22 May 2012
Dr Nicola Countouris (UCL Laws; see his profile here) comments on labour regulation in the UK compared to other countries in the EU in this recent Newsnight programme.
The programme investigates the controversy surrounding the recent leaking of the Beecroft Report on employment law.
- Watch: BBC Newsnight (from 5min 50s) - opens in new window
Dr Countouris recently wrote a commentary for the European Institute on social policy and law in the EU (Reviving the ‘Social Europe’ Myth – from Ring of Gyges to European Prometheus); subject also of a British Academy-sponsored conference he co-organised this month (Resocialising Europe and the Mutualisation of Risks to Workers), with the support from the European Institute.