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Europe: Six decades of strife and controversy for UK

It's groundhog day in Britain, where the European Union is concerned. The context changes, but the basic issues do not.
Sir Stephen Wall
18 November 2014 More...

Starts: Nov 13, 2014 12:00:00 AM

The 9 November poll in Catalonia

The recent Scottish referendum set a precedent in contemporary Europe by seeking to deliver, in agreement between Westminster and Holyrood, a binding decision on Scotland's future. The 'participatory process' that took place in Catalonia on 9 November could not be more different. Why is this so, what are its consequences, and where might we be heading?
Dr Claire Colomb
Dr Uta Staiger

13 November 2014
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Starts: Nov 13, 2014 12:00:00 AM

Yes, EU immigrants do have a positive impact on public finances

The impact of immigration on Britain’s tax and welfare system is a key element in the debate over the country’s relationship with the EU. Yet contrary to received opinion, research shows that EU immigrants to the UK in fact relieve the fiscal burden on UK-born workers and contribute to the financing of public services.
5 November 2014

Prof. Christian Dustman
Dr. Tommaso Frattini
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Starts: Nov 5, 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.