Freedom, Oppression, Sacrifice: Chronicles from the Italian Lockdown

Dr Alfonso Del Percio, Associate Professor in Applied Linguistics, UCL Institute of Education, reflects on the experience of buying a used car, and theorises the intersection of language, migrant labour and inequality in times of COVID-19. An expanded version of this piece appears on Del Percio’s blog, Disruptive Inequalities. Read it here. I want to buy a car. I want my freedom back. The government … Continue reading Freedom, Oppression, Sacrifice: Chronicles from the Italian Lockdown

National Courts Cannot Override CJEU Judgments

A joint statement by Piet Eeckhout (UCL), R. Daniel Kelemen (Rutgers University), Federico Fabbrini (Dublin City University), Laurent Pech, (Middlesex University) and Renata Uitz (Central European University) defending the EU legal order. The statement, originally published on Verfassungsblog, was published in multiple languages in major newspapers across Europe: The Irish Times (Ireland) El País (Spain) Jutarnji (Croatia) Sole 24 Ore (Italy) – print only Rzeczpospolita … Continue reading National Courts Cannot Override CJEU Judgments

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

The other half of the authoritarianism story

Geoffrey Hosking, a historian of Russia and Emeritus Professor of Russian History (UCL), reviews “Twilight of Democracy: The Seductive Lure of Authoritarianism,” the new book from Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and historian Anne Applebaum. TWILIGHT OF DEMOCRACY: THE SEDUCTIVE LURE OF AUTHORITARIANISMby Anne ApplebaumDoubleday, 21 July 2020 At the turn of the millennium, Anne Applebaum and her husband Radek Sikorski (at that time working in the … Continue reading The other half of the authoritarianism story