Meg Russell, Director of the UCL Constitution Unit and Professor of British and Comparative Politics at UCL, examines the four factors which contributed to the parliamentary ‘perfect storm’ over Brexit, concluding that ‘parliament’ largely got the blame for divisions inside the Conservative Party. Continue reading Brexit and parliament: where did it all go wrong?
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. Continue reading Freedom, Oppression, Sacrifice: Chronicles from the Italian Lockdown
Dagmar Paulus, Senior Teaching Fellow in German Studies at UCL SELCS, explains the language choices of German politicians when discussing the coronavirus. Continue reading How politicians talk about coronavirus in Germany, where war metaphors are avoided
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
Andreas Jacobs, a political analyst at the Konrad-Adenauer Foundation in Berlin, and Florian Mussgnug, a reader in Comparative Literature and Italian at UCL, examine the cultural attitudes Germans and Italians have toward each other. Continue reading Italy and Germany need new political narratives