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The age-old question of what holds our societies together re-emerges periodically, particularly in times of crisis. In a world ever more globalised and virtual, the answer is often cast in terms of "trust", with its pivotal role as regularly called upon as its health called into question. How has trust risen to this centrality, and is it all as straightforward as it seems?
Dr Uta Staiger
13 August 2014
Starts: Aug 13, 2014 12:00:00 AM
Juncker’s nomination was not a sudden, not an unexpected and not even a distinct event. Neither does it spell
an end to the European Council’s dominance in constitutional politics or
make EU reform less likely.
Dr Christine Reh
2 July 2014
Starts: Jul 1, 2014 12:00:00 AM
As a closer look at the European
Parliament Elections in Central and Eastern Europe suggests, it may be
non-voting, rather than populist protest voting, which could prove the
long-term threat to sustainability of the EU’s troubled democratic
Dr Sean Hanley
2 June 2014 More...
Starts: Jun 2, 2014 12:00:00 AM
Ukraine conflict: the regime will finish what it started
19 February 2014
19 February 2014
Miscalculation from both sides led to a spectacular escalation into violence, but returning from the brink is now unlikely.
Dr Andrew Wilson, SSEES
Things are pretty frightening in Kiev, where I am an accidental witness to this week's spectacular descent into violence. All sides in Ukraine have miscalculated, but they are not all equally guilty. The moderate opposition parties in parliament, led by the boxer Vitali Klitschko, did not consult fully with the Maidan Square protesters when they were negotiating possible compromise over the weekend.
A big group of protesters therefore left Kiev's central square, which is the protesters' last redoubt, to march on parliament to show they still counted. But the chair of parliament refused to allow discussion of any of the key motions on a new government or on giving that government real power by changing the constitution.