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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

Trajectories of Dissent: The Arab Spring and Europe 1989

Publication date: Jan 18, 2012 07:25 PM

Start: Feb 29, 2012 06:00 PM
End: Feb 29, 2012 10:00 PM

Location: UCL, JZ Young Lecture Theatre, Gower Street, WC1E 6BT

29 February, 6pm

Wednesday, 29 February

UCL, JZ Young Lecture Theatre
Gower Street

No registration required

With each nation of the Arab and Muslim world undergoing popular unrest and political transformation on a massive scale, the number of those who compare the current events in the region with the tectonic political transformation of the European continent in 1989-91 is steadily growing. This panel discussion investigates the consequences of the so-called Arab Spring by contrasting its features in political and intellectual leadership with the end of communism in Europe some twenty years ago. It seeks to identify both the existing similarities and the many significant differences, and will address the role of religious attitudes in the population as one mobilizing factor in both regions. The panel also looks into the role of authors and public intellectuals, the role of the media, media censorship, and the impact of social networks.

Speakers Dr Tim Beasley-Murray 
Senior Lecturer in European Thought and Culture, UCL-School of Slavonic and Eastern European Studies
  Dr Carool Kersten 
Lecturer in the Study of Islam and the Muslim World, Department of Theology and Religious Studies, King's College London
Chair Dr Uta Staiger Deputy Director, UCL European Institute

Dr François Guesnet

Sidney and Elizabeth Corob Reader in Modern Jewish History, Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies, UCL