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Something rotten in the state of Czechia?

The Czech Republic has been in the news recently because of its politicians' somewhat quick Celtic campaign to rebrand the country to the world as ‘Czechia’. But among political scientists and businesspeople the country's name has long suffered worst damage than this.
5 May 2016
Dr Sean Hanley
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Starts: May 5, 2016 12:00:00 AM

What the people of Nagorno-Karabakh think about the future of their homeland

The disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakah has been caught in a tug-of-war between Armenia and Azerbaijan for decades. Internationally recognised as part of Azerbaijan, it’s home to an estimated 120,000 people, primarily ethnic Armenians, who want to separate from Azerbaijan. It’s been a de facto independent state since a fragile ceasefire was brokered in 1994, and low-level violence has flared up every spring ever since.
3 May 2016
Kristin M. Bakke
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Starts: May 3, 2016 12:00:00 AM

Migration, the lightning rod of the EU referendum

The EU-Turkey deal should have no role in the Brexit debate, yet it brings the crucial question of the European Union and migration into focus at an inopportune time.
14 April 2016
Uta Staiger
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Starts: Apr 14, 2016 12:00:00 AM

Is this Time Different? The 2014 European Parliament Elections

Publication date: Sep 16, 2013 02:02 PM

Start: Oct 17, 2013 12:00 AM

17 October 2013

When:
17 October 2013, 5.30pm

Where:
UCL Medical Sciences
131 AV Hill LT

Registration
Please register below!

EP2014

Eventbrite - ‘Is this Time Different? The 2014 European Parliament Elections’

“This Time is Different” is the slogan for the official run-up to the next European elections. In May 2014, EU citizens will elect their new Parliament. The Parliament will, in turn, elect the new President of the European Commission, based on a proposal by Europe’s governments. For the first time in electoral history, Europe’s political parties will propose their candidates for the Commission President ahead of the citizens’ vote and the governments’ proposal—a move which may transform “second order” elections into a genuine contest over competing political agendas.

This event brings together distinguished politicians and academics to discuss the process of candidate selection and its likely political and institutional consequences, before, during and after May 2014. Will the new way of candidate selection give voters a genuine choice in a pan-European campaign? Will this process, in turn, lead to the EU’s politicisation, as advocated by some and feared by others? Will it transform the role of political parties, both inside and outside the European Parliament? Will open, party political competition over the Commission Presidency change the relationship between the Commission, the Parliament and Europe’s governments, and swing the pendulum back towards supranational Union?

All citizens—European and non-European—are warmly invited to attend and debate!

Speakers:

  • Fiona Hall, Member of the European Parliament
  • Simon Hix, Professor of European and Comparative Politics, LSE
  • Michael Shackleton, Special Professor in European Institutions, Maastricht University, and former Head of the European Parliament Information Office in London
  • Tom Spencer, Deputy Chairman, Pro Europa (The Brussels Council of the British European Movement) and former Member of the European Parliament

Chair:

  • Christine Reh, Lecturer in European Politics, UCL