COVID-19 and the surge of the anti-racist movement in France

Philippe Marlière, Professor of French and European Politics at UCL, argues that anti-racist activism in France has surged due to police brutality and the disproportionate effect of COVID-19 on BAME populations. This article was originally written for the Political Studies Association Blog as part of their “COVID-19 Blog Series: How Europe has responded to the crisis.” Click here to read the original post. George Floyd’s … Continue reading COVID-19 and the surge of the anti-racist movement in France

COVID-19: An Opportunity to Reinstate Democratic Deliberativeness

Dr Myriam Hunter-Henin, Reader in Law & Religion and Comparative Law (UCL Laws), explores democratic decision-making during the Covid-19 pandemic. She is the author of Why Religious Freedom Matters for Democracy: Comparative Reflections from Britain and France for a Democratic Vivre Ensemble (Hart 2020). For all the tragic consequences they bring and the uncertainties they trigger, pandemics are also bearers of truth: they reveal the … Continue reading COVID-19: An Opportunity to Reinstate Democratic Deliberativeness

The European Council must look for compromise in COVID-19 recovery proposals

Christopher Wratil, Lecturer in European Politics at UCL, analyses the proposals for the EU’s economic recovery from COVID-19, and explains what a compromise between the varying positions could look like. As European countries take steps to come out of lockdown, the European Council must now decide how to deal with the fallout from COVID-19. Between a Spanish non-paper circulated in April, the Macron-Merkel initiative of … Continue reading The European Council must look for compromise in COVID-19 recovery proposals

Small States and Institutional Change: the Lesson of Brexit

Tomáš Weiss, Head of Department of European Studies and Jean Monnet Chair in EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies at the Institute of International Studies, Charles University, Prague, argues that institutionalisation can empower small states. He notes their dependence on institutions can also make them vulnerable to institutional change, this is exemplified through the case of Czechia in the EU. This blog is part of … Continue reading Small States and Institutional Change: the Lesson of Brexit