Professor Mark Galeotti reflects on Mikhail Gorbachev’s capacity to fail productively, following news of the death of the former General Secretary of the Soviet Union on 30 August 2022. Continue reading Gorbachev was no saint. But he was a kind of hero
As Europe battles an unprecedented heatwave, Professor David Alexander underlines the importance of disaster preparedness, mitigation and response and argues there is still time to create a Europe that minimises suffering, rather than ignores it. Continue reading Blowing Hot and Cold: Natural Hazard Response in Europe
Based on an analysis of British mainstream print media coverage between 2006-2013, Dr Denny Pencheva examines how constructive engagement with EU nationals in the UK today is complicated by a history of divisive, racialised rhetoric, and persistent negative stereotyping of Eastern Europeans by the UK press, and argues for a more responsible approach to public debates on immigration, by politicians and the media. Continue reading What to do with (Eastern) Europeans after Brexit?
Her Excellency Mikaela Kumlin Granit, Swedish Ambassador to the United Kingdom, explains why Sweden has decided to abandon more than 200 years of non-alignment to join NATO and underlines the importance of continued democratic unity and support for Ukraine. Continue reading The Values of Europe: A view from Sweden
UCL SSEES student Freya Proudman underlines the power of young people in upholding and revitalising European values with new life and enthusiasm and calls for youth activism and civic participation to be meaningfully supported. Continue reading The Values of Europe (Mini-series): A UCL student perspective