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The Pace of History, the Shape of Democracy: #5 Which future for the EU?



The Pace of History, the Shape of Democracy: #5 Which future for the EU?

A talk by
Richard Bellamy (European University Institute and University College London)

We take the lead from a famous mural by Bansky to talk about Europe: the EU's democratic failings are described as stemming from a democratic deficit at the EU level. The natural solution has seemed to be to increase the powers of the European Parliament. However, each increase in the competences of the EP have gone hand in hand with a decrease in voter turn-out in elections to the EP and an increase in the representation of eurosceptic parties. In this talk, Richard Bellamy offers an alternative diagnosis of the EU's democratic defects and a correspondingly different remedy.


The autumn at the Italian Cultural Institute is dedicated to contemporary history: twelve talks on "The Pace of History, the Principle of Democracy", from 21 September, organised by professor Andrea Mammone (Royal Holloway) and Professor Umberto Gentiloni (la Sapienza, Rome). In a fast-moving world, these talks analyse the current state of western democracies, including the changing faces of politics, the relationships between citizens and institutions, the impact of new media, the rising inequalities, and how society and culture react to these challenges.

Four more talks on Antonio Gramsci and his enduring legacy, 80 years after his death, will take place starting on 26 October, on the occasion of the exhibition of his Prison Notebooks, for the first time travelling outside of Italy. Organised by the Fondazione Gramsci with the Institute

Distinguished historians, Italian and international, every week at the Institute.

Watch this space: the events will be added regularly on our website and you will be able to book online


Date: Thursday, October 19, 2017

Time: From 7:45 pm To 8:30 pm

Organized by : ICI London

Entry : Free


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