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The UK decision to withdraw from the EU: parliament or government?

If the principle of parliamentary sovereignty is to continue to have real meaning in Britain, the decision to leave the EU must be taken by parliament, not the government.
Piet Eeckhout
17 October 2016

Starts: Oct 17, 2016 12:00:00 AM

Does Eastern Europe have lessons for Brexit Britain?

What, if anything, can the experience of (research on) Eastern Europe say to us as we head towards Brexit? Lessons may lie above all in getting to grips with the tempo and nature of political change, its (un)predictability and likely channels.
Sean Hanley
1 August 2016

Starts: Aug 1, 2016 12:00:00 AM

Hollande's response to the Nice massacre will please only the far right

On Thursday night, for the third time since January 2015, President François Hollande was faced with a mass murder on French soil. An ashen-faced Hollande, almost looking like a broken man, appeared on television on Friday at 4am and declared: “This is undoubtedly a terrorist attack; the whole of France is under the threat of an Islamic terrorist attack”.
Philippe Marlière
18 July 2016 More...

Starts: Jul 18, 2016 12:00:00 AM


UCL European Institute


See below for information on UCL libraries and others in the immediate vicinity which hold specialised resources for the study of Europe and the European Union. Note that the Director of UCL Library Services, Paul Ayris, is also the President of LIBER (Association of European Research Libraries), which has 400 member libraries across Europe.

UCL Library
UCL Library Services is divided across all sites in the UCL campus, many of which are in Bloomsbury. There are 16 different libraries, and these libraries share or plan to share a common catalogue. All users of UCL Library Services have access to all UCL libraries. The largest single collection of materials for European studies is contained in the UCL Main Library, which contains material relating to the Arts and Humanities, History, Economics, Public Policy and Law.

UCL Special Collections
UCL Special Collections contains UCL's holding of rare books, manuscripts and archives which form UCL's most valuable holdings from a cultural and academic perspective. It is one of the foremost collections held by any university in the UK.

For libraries and archives across Europe holding specialised resources for the study of the EU, as well as extensive online resources, please see our EU Resource Area.

Libraries List

This library, housed in the UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies Library, is one of the leading collections for reaching and research in the study of Central and Eastern Europe and Russia. Its collections comprise almost 400,000 printed volumes, two thirds of which are on Open Access, and extensive archive and audiovisual holdings.

The British Library
The British Library, one of the world's great research libraries, holds over 150 million books, journals, manuscripts, maps, newspapers, prints and drawings, music scores, and patents. Located in Euston Road, it is within 20 minutes walk of UCL's Bloomsbury campus.

Senate House Library and University of London Research Library Services
All UCL students on degree courses, and all UCL staff, have full access to Senate House Library. This library, along with the Institute libraries of the School of Advanced Studies, have very important research collections in the Arts and Humanities.


Europeana Travel
Europeana Travel is an EU-funded project that will channel digital content from Europe's national and university libraries into the European discovery portal Europeana.eu. 

It will digitise over a million resources including maps, manuscripts, photos, films, books and postcards on the themes of travel, tourism, trade routes and exploration.

UCL's close involvement with Europeana includes liaising with partner libraries across Europe and spearheading the creation of an aggregation service to allow partners' digital content to be harvested into Europeana. In addition, UCL is contributing content to EuropeanaTravel by digitising highlights from the special collections of its School of Slavonic and East European Languages.