How soft security matters in the referendum debate

People fear the extreme and demand their governments be tough on security, but in truth our safety comes largely through control of the mundane. Rita Hordósy, Post-Doctoral Researcher at the University of Sheffield, and Matt Wood, Lecturer in Politics at the University of Sheffield, argue that the EU excels at this. This piece is part of the UCL European Institute’s commissioning partnership with openDemocracy. Both the Remain … Continue reading How soft security matters in the referendum debate

Fear Trumps Fact

The Brussels attacks have been used by both sides of the Brexit debate to claim that the UK is either more or less secure as a result of EU membership. Richard Whitman, Professor of Politics and Senior Fellow at The UK in a Changing Europe , argues that rhetoric has played a greater role for both sides than evidence-based claims. The Brussels airport and Metro bombings were … Continue reading Fear Trumps Fact

What effect might terrorist atrocities in Paris have on UK’s EU referendum?

Matt Goodwin, Senior Fellow at The UK in a Changing Europe, examines the impact that terrorist attacks can have on the political landscape of those countries concerned. In this post, he examines the potential impact the recent attacks and security threats in Paris and Brussels might have on voters in the UK. It has been a depressing week. The terrorist atrocities in Paris have renewed public … Continue reading What effect might terrorist atrocities in Paris have on UK’s EU referendum?

Flights from Freedom

Eva Hoffman, former editor of The New York Times and Visiting Professor at the UCL European Institute, asks what propels individuals to turn to extremist movements and argues that we need to build a ‘culture of democracy’ with shared norms and ethics. Among all the disturbing developments accompanying the rise of ISIS and its terrible progress, the phenomenon of European jihadis joining that movement’s ranks … Continue reading Flights from Freedom