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Extremism disenchanted: what role can education play?

Young people in the UK today who are attracted to extremism are typically well educated. Given the weaknesses of this ideology in terms of its use of history, internal coherence of arguments and moral standards, its success with many educated young people requires explanation. The explanation, according to Dr. Farid, is multifaceted but education has a big role to play in curbing the trend.
2 June 2015
Dr. Farid Panjwani More...

Starts: Jun 2, 2015 12:00:00 AM

The case for an EU referendum

Christopher Bickerton, lecturer in Politics at the University of Cambridge, discusses how how the impending EU referendum in the UK necessitates open and unbiased academic debate, and how British discussions of EU reform may reverberate across the European continent.
15 May 2015
Dr. Christopher Bickerton More...

Starts: May 15, 2015 12:00:00 AM

How much closer are we to Brexit?

If the British general election was a shock to many in the UK, then it was equally so for the chancelleries across the European Union. As much as they had started to think about a British renegotiation and referendum, there has been a very strong sense that the election result would throw that out of the window. Any such thoughts are now firmly gone. This commentary explores the outcome of the British General Election and the implications for a British in-out EU referendum.
Dr Simon Usherwood
8 May 2015 More...

Starts: May 8, 2015 12:00:00 AM

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The Springs of Populism in Europe


One year before the European Parliament elections and European democracies are in turmoil. Amid this instability, populist parties are performing well – from emerging neo-fascists like Golden Dawn in Greece to more established populist forces such as France’s Front National.

In this panel discussion, the speakers explored how these populist movements constitute a lens for understanding the current political challenges facing Europe’s leaders. They will look at the specific social and cultural factors that have led to the success of populism – with a particular focus on France and Greece in perspective to the UK – and will discuss what deeper institutional problems the movements point to.

Speakers:

  • Michel Wieviorka: Director of the Fondation de la Maison des Sciences de l’ Homme and Director of CADIS/EHESS from 1993 to 2009. He is the author of the Counterpoint pamphlet Le Front National (FN), entre extrémisme, populisme et démocratie
  • Othon Anastasakis: Director of South East European Studies at Oxford and Director of the European Studies Centre
  • Peter Kellner: journalist, political commentator and President of YouGov
  • Philippe Marlière: Professor of French and European politics, University College London

Populism Panel from UCL European Institute on Vimeo.


Interview: Michel Wieviorka (Springs of Populism in Europe) from UCL European Institute on Vimeo.


Interview: Othon Anastasakis (Springs of Populism in Europe) from UCL European Institute on Vimeo.


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