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Newsletter - Issue 15
April 2012

More Commentary & Analysis

Reviving the 'Social Europe' Myth
Nicola Countouris (UCL)
Mark Freedland (Oxford)

This article revisits the history of the European Community's engagement with its 'Social Dimension', from the Treaty of Rome to today's climate of fiscal austerity. In so doing they examine if there still is a future for Social Europe, and indeed for European integration as such.

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UCL academics in the media: the European Court of Human Rights
Prof Philippe Sands (UCL Laws) and Prof Richard Bellamy (UCL Public Policy) comment on recent British reactions to the ECtHR in articles published by The Economist and Bloomberg.
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More upcoming events

The Future of European Internal Security
23 May 2012
At this event, co-organised with the UCL School of Public Policy, the Director of Europol Rob Wainwright will discuss the EU's evolving internal security agenda, including Cybercrime and future Commission proposals on a terrorism financial tracking system. With discussant Hugo Brady (CER), he will also discuss the question of future UK involvement in this policy field after 2014.
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The Traditions of Post-Secular Europe
30-31 May 2012
This workshop will inquire what earlier examples of multicultural cohabitation can teach us about the potential of the concept of post-secularism in Europe today. Directed at academics and graduate students (MA and PhD) in the Humanities and in Social and Political Sciences, it will also seek to develop a critical assessment about the limits of its applicability.
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Special features page

The French Presidential Elections 2012
Philippe Marlière (UCL French)
Have a look at the special features page we have created for analyses of this year's French Presidential Elections, including first results, thoughts on candidates, debates, the media, and the "mood" of French voters. Contributions are above all by Philippe Marlière, Professor of French and European Politics at UCL, and are based on articles written for The Guardian and Open Democracy. The resource page also includes video interviews and a summary of an expert panel discussion, which the European Institute recently held with the London-based advisory and research group Counterpoint.

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Featured commentary

The Problems of European Monetary Union
Wendy Carlin (UCL), Andrea Boltho (Oxford)
Divergent behaviour from Eurozone countries that have very different economic, social, and political structures is threatening the existence of the single currency. In this short article first published on VoxEU, the authors argue that while internal disparity may not threaten individual countries, the Eurozone is a fragile bureaucratic creation that has hardly ever raised much popular enthusiasm. They thus find that if behaviour across the Eurozone area remains as asymmetric as it has been over the last decade or so, the project could run into even stronger headwinds in the long run.

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Upcoming Events
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The Future of Poetry: Conferénce-Débat II
9 May 2012
Is poetry merely a minority leisure activity, or can it still claim to be, as it was for Milton and Wordsworth, a means of understanding the world unrivalled both in its scope and its complexity? With so many new media changing the ways in which we produce and consume texts of all kinds, what is the future of poetry? Mark Ford (UCL) and Jerôme Game (AUP), both university professors as well as published poets, will be in conversation in this second of a new Conferénce-Débat Series dedicated to the Humanities, jointly hosted with the Embassy of France in the UK.
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The European Social Charter 50 Years On

10 May 2012
The Social Charter is now fifty years old. Its adjudicatory body, the European Committee on Social Rights, has a mature roster of decisions focussing on a wide range of social and economic rights. Within the current background of economic recession and a mixed record of social rights protection in Europe, this half-day workshop brings together academics, researchers and practitioners interested in social policy, human rights and litigation in Europe, in order to appraise the legitimacy of social rights, and how they are interpreted and applied in European states.
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Resocialising Europe and the Mutualisation of Risk
18-19 May 2012
Terms such as 'Social Europe', the 'European Social Model', or, more recently, 'European Social Pact', have long resided in the political and regulatory lexicon of European integration. But arguably, the social profile of the EU has entered a deep period of crisis. This conference, supported by the Institute, brings together an interdisciplinary group of experts from the UK and the rest of Europe to discuss whether the current phase of 'social eurosclerosis' is likely to become a permanent feature of the EU, or whether new regulatory trajectories could and ought to be pursued.
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