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Why we post: a global perspective on social media

How do people use social media in different parts of the world, and what are the implications? Professor Daniel Miller explains what a team of anthropologists found by sending 15 months each in nine small towns all over the world, comparing social media use. You can engage with their research through a variety of free online resources including UCL’s first massive open online course (MOOC) starting on 29th February, a series of open access books published by UCL Press, and a short video.
25 November 2015
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Starts: Nov 25, 2015 12:00:00 AM

Cameron - Banning Milk and Cheese

Pablo Echenique is one of the five Podemos members elected to the European Parliament in 2014, and currently running for parliament in the upcoming Spanish general election. On Monday 26 October, he was scheduled to talk at the UCL European Institute, however the event had to be cancelled when he ran into difficulties at the UK Border. Here, he explains the full story…
2 November 2015
Pablo Echenique

Starts: Nov 1, 2015 12:00:00 AM

Flights from Freedom

Eva Hoffman, former editor of The New York Times and Visiting Professor at the UCL European Institute, asks what propels individuals to turn to extremist movements and argues that we need to build a ‘culture of democracy’ with shared norms and ethics.
22 October 2015
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Starts: Oct 22, 2015 12:00:00 AM

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EU Resource Area

This section of our website provides you with a comprehensive overview of existing online resources for the study of the European Union, as well as a directory of relevant institutions, libraries and archives. Please visit the subject heading links on the right to view full details. Should you want to suggest further items to be added to the collection, or have any other comments or queries, please just email us.

General Information

EUROPA is the portal site of the European Union. It provides coverage of EU affairs and information institutions and bodies, departments and services, policies, activities, and citizens’ rights.

Fact sheets on the European Union
The Fact Sheets provide an overview of European integration and of the European Parliament's contribution to that process.

How the EU works
A very general introduction to the EU and its institutions.

European Commission: Policies
Overview of EU activities in all areas, from agriculture to transport.

All details on EU financial programming and budgets.

This glossary lists key EU concepts and terms; it is still being revised following the signing of the Lisbon Treaty.

EU Whoiswho
An electronic directory of managers and services in the EU institutions, bodies and agencies. Find what you want in any of the EU's official languages.

This is a multilingual, multidisciplinary thesaurus covering the activities of the EU, and the European Parliament in particular. It contains terms in 23 EU languages plus Serbian. It is managed by the Publications Office.

An independent website set up to promote better debates and greater transparency in EU decision-making by providing easy access to, and analysis of, the political decisions and activities of the European Parliament and the EU Council of Ministers.

Fact Check EU
FactcheckEU is a crowd-checking platform set up to monitor the quality and veracity of political debate. Users can upload statements and verify them alongside the FactcheckEU team.

Get involved in European policy-making
This site has details on the European Citizens' Initiative, Public consultations, Petitions to the European Parliament, the Commission at Work, and Formal complaints.

Europe Direct
A network of centres, which aim to act as an interface between the EU and its citizens at local level. They help with general questions on virtually every aspect of Europe and put you in touch with relevant specialist services if required.

Enterprise Europe Network
The network brings together 570 business support organisations from 45 countries, including chambers of commerce and industry, technology centres, research institutes and development agencies.

The EU in the UK

European Commission Representation in the UK
The representation provides background briefings and comment for the media, report back to Brussels on developments in the UK and provide information about the EU.

European Parliament Office in the UK
Information on the EP's work, including through dissemination, publications, press briefings, teaching resources. The site also has a directory of UK MEPs.

EU Select Committee (UK House of Lords)
The Committee  considers EU documents and other EU-related matters in advance of decisions being taken on them. This website offers news, publications and comments relating to the work of the Committee.

European Scrutiny Committee (UK House of Commons)
The Committee assesses the legal and/or political importance of draft EU legislation deposited in Parliament by the Government. This website offers news, publications and comments relating to the work of the Committee.

Teaching Resources
The European Parliament in the UK has created a listing of teaching material and resources suitable for use by teachers in the UK, or those teaching a British curriculum abroad.