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  UCL has launched a new European Institute to act as a hub for research, collaboration and information on Europe and the EU. It became fully operational from the start of the current academic year with the appointment of its Director, Professor Richard Bellamy, and Deputy Director, Dr Uta Staiger. The Institute works to support specialised research across UCL, provide a leading forum for debate and serve as liaison to policy-makers, civil society and the media.

Issue 1

October 2010
Welcome to the first newsletter of the new UCL European Institute! Given that Uta and I only officially started in our respective roles of Deputy Director and Director of the European Institute at the beginning of September, it has been a manic couple of months as we started to put a programme together and get a website up and running. However, though we both had the odd moment of panic, we feel we now have the makings of a great inaugural year and I trust others will think so too.

I want to highlight five of the items in this newsletter which offer good examples of the type of activity we are trying to develop.

The first is a grant from the European Commission from a scheme designed to showcase our research and involve the public in it – a core activity of the new Institute. The second is a debate organised by the UCL Centre for Law and Governance in Europe on Europe post-Lisbon which we have been able to give additional support and advertise more widely.
  The third is a joint event with the Belgian Embassy to mark the Belgian Presidency of the EU, one of many such events we are co-organising with European embassies and cultural institutes among other European bodies based in London. The fourth is the lecture by Tariq Modood inaugurating our theme for this year on Europe and Islam – the first of 3 very varied events (one a term) planned around this important topic. Finally, the fifth is a briefing paper by Mary Fulbrook (UCL German) marking the 20th anniversary of German Unification. Again, such briefings are to be a regular feature of the Institute’s work – bringing UCL research to a wider audience and revealing its topicality.

I hope you find this newsletter instructive and want to continue reading them in the future.

Richard Bellamy, Director


Successful bid to the European Commission

Just a week into its operation, the European Institute was awarded a project grant from the European Commission Representation in London. The project will examine the contested notion of a European citizenship and its relationship to market-related rights.

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Events programme to launch

The Institute hosts and organises a wide range of events throughout the year, from debates to guests lectures, workshops and arts- based events. We kick off with three debates on the consequences of the Lisbon Treaty and a lecture by Tariq Modood on multicultural Europe.

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Unified Germany 20 years on

On 3 October, Germany celebrated the 20th anniversary of its political unification. Read the commentary by Mary Fulbrook, Professor of German History at UCL, on the changing attitudes of Germans toward this event, one of the most significant in recent European history.

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This is the newsletter of the UCL European Institute.
For further information on the Institute, its structure, activities and objectives, please see www.ucl.ac.uk/european-institute.

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