News archive 2010
Europe Week debates25 Jan 2010, PR 18/10
The King’s European Society hosts its annual week of student-run debates on European current affairs this week (25-29 January) in collaboration with the School of Arts & Humanities and the Jean Monnet Fund.
This year’s exciting line-up opens with a debate between the former Polish Prime Minister, Jan Krzysztof Bielecki and a panel of experts on the success of Eastern Enlargement, and draws to a close on Friday as guest speakers, including Gavin Hewitt, BBC News Special Correspondent, debate how close we are to becoming citizens of a United States of Europe.
The European Society welcomes anyone with a desire to explore and discuss Europe politically and culturally. Its aim is to keep members on top of current affairs and promote reflection on Europe. Students organise social events throughout the academic year and highlights of 2009 included the first European Parliament Simulation King’s has seen.
Sarah Muhsen, Vice-President of the KCL European Society said, ‘European Week holds a tradition of prestige both internally and externally at King’s and this year’s events are tipped to be the best yet.’
All are welcome to attend events taking place in the Council Room, Strand Campus. Details are given below.
This year, the European Week was made possible thanks to the generosity of former and current King’s students, staff and friends of the College through the Annual Fund: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/support/
Notes to editors
Europe Week events
25 January, 18.30, Council Room
'Was the Eastern Enlargement a win or a loss for the European Union?'
Jan Krzysztof Bielecki, Former Prime Minister of Poland and Minister of European Integration;
Michael Geier, former German Ambassador to Bulgaria;
Tomasz Mickiewicz, Professor of Comparative Economics at the Department of Social Sciences, UCL
European Parliament Simulation
27 January, 18.30, Council Room
'The EU and the Yugosphere: what’s next?'
Tim Judah, Balkans Correspondent, The Economist
29 January, 18.00, Council Room
'United States of Europe - What are the limits of integration?'
Gavin Hewitt, Special Correspondent and Europe Editor, BBC News
Charles Tannock, MEP for London, European Conservatives and Reformists Group
For further information contact Sarah Muhsen, Vice President of the European Society.
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