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The case for an EU referendum

Christopher Bickerton, lecturer in Politics at the University of Cambridge, discusses how how the impending EU referendum in the UK necessitates open and unbiased academic debate, and how British discussions of EU reform may reverberate across the European continent.
15 May 2015
Dr. Christopher Bickerton More...

Published: May 15, 2015 6:15:32 PM

How much closer are we to Brexit?

If the British general election was a shock to many in the UK, then it was equally so for the chancelleries across the European Union. As much as they had started to think about a British renegotiation and referendum, there has been a very strong sense that the election result would throw that out of the window. Any such thoughts are now firmly gone. This commentary explores the outcome of the British General Election and the implications for a British in-out EU referendum.
Dr Simon Usherwood
8 May 2015 More...

Published: May 13, 2015 1:16:16 PM

Why we don’t need to panic about Greece

Media coverage of the talks between Greece and its Eurozone partners sounds increasingly alarming, but is there good reason to panic about Greece? 
Filipa Figueira
7 May 2015 More...

Published: May 13, 2015 1:11:49 PM

Lord Kerr Speaks for Those Who Care about Britain in Europe

Albert Weale, Professor of Political Theory and Public Policy at UCL, discusses David Cameron's tactics as he prepares to fight for reform of the European Union. It remains unclear what Cameron wants from the other European governments, but he risks alienating any allies through his current negotiation strategies.
Albert Weale
28 April 2015 More...

Published: May 13, 2015 1:02:47 PM

Exploring ‘Exploratory Governance': the Hertie Governance Report 2015

With the Eurozone crisis not yet over, Albert Weale, Professor of Political Theory and Public Policy at UCL, reviews the Hertie Governance Report 2015 as it analyses the key issues facing the European Institutions in terms of economic governance. As ad hoc solutions are found to deal with urgent matters, what does this mean for political accountability and reform in the EU, and what lessons have been learnt?
Prof. Albert Weale
14 April 2015 More...

Published: May 13, 2015 1:00:22 PM



What does the outcome of the general election mean for UCL?

14 May 2015
UCL's President and provost Michael Arthur shares his views on the likely impact for UCL of a conservative majority government. More...

Published: May 19, 2015 2:19:28 PM


Possibilities for EU Reform

3 May 2015
Our latest publication outlines and evaluates the three main options for EU reform. These are (1) Reform of the EU’s Treaties, (2) Opt-outs and flexible opt-ins and (3) Policy change: adopting new legislation or changing existing laws. More...

Published: May 15, 2015 11:50:04 PM

Dr. Claudia Schrag Sternberg joins the European Institute 

1 May 2015
Claudia Schrag has been appointed as the Institute's first Research Associate. She is an expert of European integration and her monograph 'The Struggle for EU Legitimacy: Public Contestation 1950s-2005' received the Theseus Award for Promising Research on European Integration as well as the 2014 UACES Prize for Best Book in Contemporary European Studies. More...

Published: May 15, 2015 8:20:18 PM


Britain & Europe Series

2015-16. Click here for details on upcoming policy panels, resource collections and our new blog.

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Featured Events 


Mobile Identities

5 June 2015
This conference will bring together Master’s and PhD students from multiple disciplinary backgrounds to discuss the identity politics of contemporary migration, with specific reference to how notions of gender, sexuality and agency shape understandings of this evolving field. More...

Starts: Jun 5, 2015 12:00:00 AM

Reforming the Eurozone

17-18 June 2015
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This Policy Panel, organised in cooperation with Business for New Europe, is next up on our 2-year series on Britain's relationship with the European Union and the European Court of Human Rights.  More...

Starts: Jun 17, 2015 12:00:00 AM

Featured Media


Negotiation and Decision Making in the European Union.
May 2015


Sexuality and Society in Russia and Eastern Europe.
May 2015


Humour and Suffering in Post-War German Culture.
May 2015