Roman oratory and the EU referendum campaigns

In addition to marking a politically decisive moment in British history, the campaigns in advance of the referendum on the UK’s membership in the EU were exciting objects of study for Classicists in terms of the political use of oratory, writes Gesine Manuwald, Professor of Latin at UCL. In addition to marking a politically decisive moment in British history, the campaigns in advance of the … Continue reading Roman oratory and the EU referendum campaigns

The price of solidarity: is Brexit worth it?

A misunderstanding of history and of historical time has put European solidarity on the chopping block. Think carefully before allowing the axe to swing, pleads Jan Kubik, Director of the School of Slavonic & East European Studies at UCL. In his review of Niall Ferguson’s Kissinger, Graham Allison quotes from the book: “in researching the life and times of Henry Kissinger, I have come to realize … Continue reading The price of solidarity: is Brexit worth it?

The European Union: To leave or not to leave?

Martyn Rady, Professor of Central European History at UCL, disagrees with those who are campaigning for the UK to remain in the EU. He argues that whilst Europe shares much in terms of common history and culture, this is not in itself sufficient to underpin political union across the continent. Europe is not the same as the European Union. The European Union is only an … Continue reading The European Union: To leave or not to leave?

Britain, Europe and the Eurovision Song Contest

The Eurovision final takes place this Saturday in Stockholm. The UK has been a participant in the Eurovision Song Contest since 1957 and has won five times. In recent years, the UK has performed woefully and has finished last three times and once without receiving a single point at all, the infamous ‘nul points’. Historian Dean Vuletic of the University of Vienna, takes a look … Continue reading Britain, Europe and the Eurovision Song Contest

A New Impulse – But For Which Europe?

The triumph of the principle of competition among and within European member states has generated a continuous aggravation of disparities, writes Etienne Balibar in a special long read. Not that the French philosopher allows this to stop him stubbornly envisioning a Europe other than that of bankers, technocrats and political profiteers. Europe is dead, long live Europe? Since the beginning of a year in which elections … Continue reading A New Impulse – But For Which Europe?