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The Spitzenkandidat process and its implications for the UK in the EU

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
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Starts: Oct 1, 2014 12:00:00 AM

From Indyref to Indignados: how passions and politics mix

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
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Starts: Sep 18, 2014 12:00:00 AM

10 things you need to know about what will happen if Scotland votes yes

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
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Starts: Sep 9, 2014 12:00:00 AM

Research on Europe at UCL

UCL European Institute

The latest (2008) Research Assessment Exercise rated UCL as the best research university in London, and third in the UK overall, for the number of its submissions which were considered of ‘world-leading quality’. Over 250 academic UCL staff are engaged in research and scholarship on European and EU related subjects across faculties, disciplines and methodologies: from economics and political science to law; from language, culture and history to health; from climate change and the history of science to the built environment. Some of the key schools involved in the research on Europe and the European Union, such as UCL’s School of Slavonic and East European Studies, the School of Public Policy or the Faculty of Laws, are recognised as among the leading centres for research and teaching in their field world-wide.

Much of this research is carried out in cooperation with other European Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) – over 2800 such research collaborations with over 330 HEIs, public organisations and commercial enterprises from 34 European countries have been established under the current European Framework Programmes FP7 and the previous FP6 alone. 

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UCL is also dedicated to enhancing the academic, public and policy impact of its scholarship. UCL’s research strategy has identified four ‘Grand Challenges’ to address complex contemporary problems by bringing together different kinds of expertise and methodologies. The European Institute forms a part of this investment.

UCL is among others a member of the Russell Group, the European University Association, and the League of European Research Universities.