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The UK decision to withdraw from the EU: parliament or government?

If the principle of parliamentary sovereignty is to continue to have real meaning in Britain, the decision to leave the EU must be taken by parliament, not the government.
Piet Eeckhout
17 October 2016

Starts: Oct 17, 2016 12:00:00 AM

Does Eastern Europe have lessons for Brexit Britain?

What, if anything, can the experience of (research on) Eastern Europe say to us as we head towards Brexit? Lessons may lie above all in getting to grips with the tempo and nature of political change, its (un)predictability and likely channels.
Sean Hanley
1 August 2016

Starts: Aug 1, 2016 12:00:00 AM

Hollande's response to the Nice massacre will please only the far right

On Thursday night, for the third time since January 2015, President François Hollande was faced with a mass murder on French soil. An ashen-faced Hollande, almost looking like a broken man, appeared on television on Friday at 4am and declared: “This is undoubtedly a terrorist attack; the whole of France is under the threat of an Islamic terrorist attack”.
Philippe Marlière
18 July 2016 More...

Starts: Jul 18, 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

17 October 2013, 5.30pm

UCL Medical Sciences
131 AV Hill LT

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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!


  • 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


  • Christine Reh, Lecturer in European Politics, UCL