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Cameron - Banning Milk and Cheese

Pablo Echenique is one of the five Podemos members elected to the European Parliament in 2014, and currently running for parliament in the upcoming Spanish general election. On Monday 26 October, he was scheduled to talk at the UCL European Institute, however the event had to be cancelled when he ran into difficulties at the UK Border. Here, he explains the full story…
2 November 2015
Pablo Echenique

Starts: Nov 1, 2015 12:00:00 AM

Flights from Freedom

Eva Hoffman, former editor of The New York Times and Visiting Professor at the UCL European Institute, asks what propels individuals to turn to extremist movements and argues that we need to build a ‘culture of democracy’ with shared norms and ethics.
22 October 2015
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Starts: Oct 22, 2015 12:00:00 AM

Do Not Fear Austerity: A Public Meeting with Yanis Varoufakis

Alessandro de Arcangelis, UCL PhD student in History, reports on a ‘public meeting’ with Yanis Varoufakis, and his advice to Jeremy Corbyn.
30 September 2015
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Starts: Oct 1, 2015 12:00:00 AM

UCL European Institute

Self-Determination Processes in the EU. The Case of Catalonia

This half-day symposium co-hosted on 25 October 2013 by the UCL European Institute and the Public Diplomacy Council of Catalonia (Diplocat) discussed recent claims some EU member states have faced by one of their constituent regions to be granted the right to decide on their separation from the state. In each case, what is at the forefront of political debate is not only the constitutional possibilities that exist in each state for such a separation to come into effect in the first place. Equally at stake is the question of the putative new state's status vis-à-vis EU membership. This half-day conference assessed both implications by concentrating, albeit not exclusively, on the case of Catalonia.

Programme (pdf)

  Professor Mary Fulbrook
Director, UCL European Institute
  Mr Albert Royo
General Secretary, Public Diplomacy Council of Catalonia
9.10am Introduction to Catalonia
  Mr Geoff Cowling
Former British Consul-General in Barcelona
Assessing recent developments in Catalonia
Sir Stephen Wall
Chair of UCL Council
Speakers Professor Miquel Strubell
Chair in Multilingualism, Open University of Catalonia (UOC), co-founder of the Catalan National Assembly
  Mr Xavier Vidal-Folch
Journalist and former deputy editor of the Spanish newspaper El País, and correspondent in Brussels (1994-2000)

followed by discussion
10.40am Coffee Break
11am Self-determination processes in the EU
Chair Dr Uta Staiger
Deputy Director, UCL European Institute
Speakers Professor Robert Hazell, Director, UCL Constitution Unit
  Professor Montserrat Guibernau, School of Politics and International Relations, Queen Mary, University of London
  Mr Graham Avery, C.M.G., Senior Member of St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford, and Honorary Director-General of the European Commission
  followed by discussion
12.30pm Conclusions: EU Law and the Separation of Member States
  Professor Sir David Edward
Professor Emeritus at the School of Law, University of Edinburgh, and former Judge of the Court of Justice of the European Communities
12.45pm Closing session
  Mr Roger Albinyana, Secretary for Foreign and European Union Affairs, Government of Catalonia
  Sir Stephen Wall, Chair of UCL Council
 1pm  Lunch for all participants

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