For the devout, Easter is a serious business. And yet, there has always been scope for joy and laughter in Easter celebrations. Seb Coxon explains the early Christian tradition of Easter laughter.. Continue reading Easter laughter: the hilarious and controversial medieval history of religious jokes
A UCL student reflects on the fear felt by Russians who oppose the Russian war on Ukraine. Continue reading If Russians are against this war, where are they?
Rebecca O’Connell and Julia Brannen (both UCL Institute of Education) explain how the COVID-19 pandemic reveals and exacerbates existing food inequalities. Continue reading We’re not ‘all in this together’: COVID-19 exposes stark realities of food insecurity
Piet Eeckhout and Clément Leroy examine various models for the UK-EU trade relationship after Brexit, and argue that a so-called bespoke agreement beyond existing frameworks is not available. This blog draws on Piet Eeckhout’s report Future trade relations between the EU and the UK: options after Brexit, which he is presenting to the European Parliament’s International Trade Committee on Thursday 17 May (watch here). The future trade relationship between the … Continue reading Post-Brexit Trade Relations: No Middle Way Between Free Trade Agreement and Internal Market
Filipa Figueira, Teaching Fellow at UCL’s School of Slavonic and East European Studies, unpacks the politics and the emotional potential of the EU budget, and why Brexit might be good news in this regard. Every seven years, the EU braces itself for a strange recurring phenomenon: Its comparatively small budget (only 1% of GNI; insignificant when compared to national governments’ budgets) becomes the focus of rapt attention from … Continue reading A storm in a tea cup? Why all the fuss around the EU budget