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At the Edges of Europe: Britain, Romania and European Identities

In their relationship to Europe, both Britain and Romania are situated at the continent’s edge, but that is where any list of comparisons between the two countries usually ends. Certainly, both countries are members of the European Union, but their respective responses to the European Union differ markedly. Polls conducted by Eurobarometer consistently put Romanians among the most enthusiastic supporters of the European Union, and the British (along with the Greeks) among the least. But what are the historical roots of Romanian and British attitudes towards Europe and the European idea?
27 July 2015
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Published: Jul 27, 2015 3:34:12 PM

Extremism disenchanted: what role can education play?

Young people in the UK today who are attracted to extremism are typically well educated. Given the weaknesses of this ideology in terms of its use of history, internal coherence of arguments and moral standards, its success with many educated young people requires explanation. The explanation, according to Dr. Farid, is multifaceted but education has a big role to play in curbing the trend.
2 June 2015
Dr. Farid Panjwani More...

Published: Jun 2, 2015 9:56:51 AM

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

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IFRI - DGAP Project: Brexit

14 July 2015
We would like to draw your attention to a workshop organised to debate and discuss current issues within European Politics, with a focus on the challenges and risks of a possible Brexit. More...

Published: Jul 14, 2015 11:13:46 AM

The Greek Crisis: Comments & Analysis

7 July 2015
For a range of views on the current Greek crisis, we would like to invite you to view a new blog which features contributions by academics and experts. More...

Published: Jul 7, 2015 3:05:50 PM

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Sexuality and Society in Russia and Eastern Europe

29 June 2015
In this video interview, Dr. Richard Mole discusses his latest research on the migration of LGBT individuals, arguing that migration has been one of the most effective means of promoting gay rights. More...

Published: Jun 29, 2015 3:49:01 PM

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Britain & Europe Series

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

UCL in the Press

An open letter in response to the Historians for Britain campaign

27 May 2015
Prof. David Abulafia has recently argued on behalf of Historians for Britain that ''the terms of Britain's EU membership are undermining . . . Britain's values' In the open Letter signed by a number of UCL academics, including the Deputy Director of the European Institute, Professor of German History, Mary Fulbrook, challenges this narrative. More...

Published: May 27, 2015 10:33:09 PM

Bad marks for Sweden’s muddled teacher training in OECD report on school system

19 May 2015
Dr Susanne Wiborg (UCL Institute of Education) explains how a slide in Sweden's performance on international education rankings has led to calls for more reform.  More...

Published: May 19, 2015 2:50:43 PM

Why our ancestors were more gender equal than us

19 May 2015
Dr. Lucio Vinicius and Dr Andrea Migliano (both UCL Anthropology) present evidence for the view that in contemporary hunter-gatherer tribes, men and women tended to have equal influence on where their group lived and who they lived with.  More...

Published: May 19, 2015 2:45:37 PM

Featured Events 

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Samuel Daniel, Poet and Historian: A Two-day Conference 

10-11 September 2015
This is the first Conference devoted to Samuel Daniel (1562-1619), and it is presented by a consortium of universities—UCL’s Centre for Early Modern Exchanges, the English Faculty at Oxford University, St John’s College Oxford, and the Royal College of Music. More...

Starts: Sep 10, 2015 12:00:00 AM

Greek and Latin: Hannah Arendt and the Ancients Conference

The major twentieth-century political theorist Hannah Arendt found inspiration for her critique of modernity in antiquity. This conference brings together Classicists, Political Theorists and Arendt scholars to look both at the impact of antiquity on her work and the potential for Arendt to open new avenues for studying the ancient world.
17-18 September 2015 More...

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

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Excellent Research in the UK: Do we need the EU?

24 September 2015 
UK universities are world-renowned for their research excellence, attracting talent from across Europe and beyond. What role does the EU play in supporting groundbreaking research, discoveries and inventions, and how much do our universities need EU funding and support to remain at the cutting edge? More...

Starts: Sep 24, 2015 12:00:00 AM