A rewiew, an outlook and season's greetings to our subscribers!

The European Institute has now been operational since October 2010 and what a challenging and exciting period it has been. Time for a brief glance back:

A film recording of Prof Tariq Modood's lecture, the first in our annual theme on Europe and Islam, is available online. A report gathering the key conclusions of our seminar on National Parliaments Post-Lisbon, co-hosted by the Belgian Ambassador to the UK in London, will shortly be published on our website, so do watch this space. In the meantime, a new opinion piece by Dr Fran├žois Guesnet on religious festivals in Europe features in our Commentary & Analysis section - just in time for the festive season.

But 2011 already beckons with many new initiatives.

They will include a two-day performing arts programme in the Bloomsbury Theatre on intercultural and inter-medial adaptations of the iconic story of Carmen - /carmen/karmen/s/ -, a one-day conference organised with the Finnish Institute in London on the Future of Healthcare Provision in Europe, a UCL Laws organised conference on which court principally guards human rights in Europe, and an event co-convened with the Hungarian Embassy on the Danube Strategy, a priority of their incoming EU presidency.

We look forward to welcoming you at one or more of these events, and as always invite your feedback on and engagement in these and future activities of the European Institute.

With best wishes for festive holidays and a good New Year!

Richard Bellamy

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