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The Dilemmas of European Decision-making and the Illegitimacy of the Fiscal Compact

EU decision-making assumes agreement at two levels: the national and the European. The dilemma highlighted by the crisis is how to make collective EU decisions acceptable not just to the 28 governments and MEPs but also to each of the peoples they represent. This problem cannot be resolved by either taking problematic decisions out of the political domain or confining them to decision-making purely at the EU level.
Prof Richard Bellamy
February 2014 More...

Starts: Feb 26, 2014 12:00:00 AM

From Sick Man of Europe to Economic Superstar

New research suggests that economic policy played no essential role in the dramatic resurgence of Germany’s economy, with important lessons for Europe.
Prof Christian Dustmann et.al.
February 2014 More...

Starts: Feb 5, 2014 12:00:00 AM

Horizon 2020 Launches! What Can We Expect?

After many months of plans, news and social media chatter, the EU’s new “Horizon 2020” programme for investing €70 billion* in science and innovation from 2014-2020, has launched. The first calls are now online and UCL plans to be at the forefront of participation.
Dr Michael Galsworthy
January 2014
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Starts: Jan 7, 2014 12:00:00 AM

Is this Time Different? The 2014 European Parliament Elections

Publication date: Sep 16, 2013 2:02:16 PM

Start: Oct 17, 2013 12:00:00 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