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EU in Practice

'The European Union in Practice: Politics and Practice in the Brussels System'

In this innovative seminar series, policy practitioners and commentators talk about their experience working in, with and on the EU institutions. The series is co-chaired by Maurice Fraser, Professor of Practice in European Politics, and Anthony Teasdale, Director General of the European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS). 

These seminars are REGISTERED events and advance booking is required.

Spaces are very limited. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

To attend, please RSVP by following the links below and registering via Eventbrite.

Lent Term 2015

Friday 23 January 2015, 16.30 - 18.00
|‘The European Union: An unidentified flying political object?’
Alain Lamassoure
Member of European Parliament1989-93 and since 1999; former Chair, EP Budgets Committee; former French député and Europe and Budget minister

Friday 30 January 2015, 16.30 - 18.00|
‘The decline of the European Commission - and can anything be done to revive it?’
Charles Grant
Director, Centre for European Reform since 1998; Brussels correspondent, The Economist, 1989-93; author of ‘Delors: Inside the House Jacques Built’

Friday 6 February 2015, 16.30 - 18.00
|‘Political reporting of the EU: The views from Brussels and London’
Shirin Wheeler
Spokesperson for Regional Policy, European Commission, 2012-15; BBC Brussels correspondent and presenter of 'The Record: Europe', 2006-12

Friday 13 February 2015, 16.30 - 18.00|
‘Inside the Berlaymont: The Politics of the European Commission’
Joaquín Almunia
European Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs (2004-10) and Competition (2010-14); Spanish minster, 1982-91; Visiting Professor, LSE

Friday 20 February 2015, 16.30 - 18.00|
‘Towards improved accountability and performance in EU spending: A perspective from the European Court of Auditors’
Phil Wynn Owen
Member of the European Court of Auditors since 2014; former Director General, DECC and DWP, and Director, HM Treasury

Friday 27 February 2015, 16.30 - 18.00
|‘The crisis in the eurozone: Have the right lessons yet been learned?’
Philippe Legrain
Senior Policy Adviser to José Manuel Barroso, 2011-14; author of ‘European Spring’, ‘Aftershock’ and ‘Open World: The truth about globalisation’


Michaelmas Term 2014

Friday 31st October 2014, 16.30 - 18.00
Luuk van Middelaar
Author of ‘The Passage to Europe’; Speech-writer to Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council, 2009-14

Friday 7th November 2014, 15.00 - 16.30
The European Constitution ten years on:  Did Giscard and the Convention get Europes new institutional design right?
Lord John Kerr

Secretary-General of the Convention on the Future of Europe, 2002-03;
UK Permanent Representative to the EU, 1990-95

Friday 14th November 2014, 16.30 - 18.00
'German Power in Europe - 25 years after the Fall of the Wall'
Quentin Peel
Former associate editor and chief German correspondent, Financial Times: Visiting Fellow, Chatham House (RIIA) 

Friday 21st November 2014, 16.30 - 18.00
‘Problematic Partners: de Gaulle, Thatcher and Europe’
Piers Ludlow
Department of International History, LSE; author of ‘The EC and the Crises of the 1960s’ and ‘Europe and the End of the Cold War’

Friday 28th November 2014, 16.30 - 18.00
‘How and why did Junker become Commission President in 2014?’

Martin Westlake
Secretary General, European Economic and Social Committee, 2008-13; author of ‘The Council of the EU’ and ‘Commission and Parliament’

Friday 5th December, 16.30 - 18.00
The eurozone debt crisis: lessons for Europe’s future'  
Fabrizio Saccomanni
Visiting Professor in Practice European Institute; Italian Minister of Finance, 2013-14; Director General, Bank of Italy, 2006-12; Vice President, EBRD, 2002-06