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ACE Events

PIR Lunchtime Seminar Series


2nd meeting - 18th November: THE IMPACT OF THE PARIS ATTACKS ON FRENCH AND EUROPEAN POLITICS


Speakers: Professor Simon Green, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean of the School of Languages and Social Sciences, Dr Virginie Grzelczyk, Politics and International Relations
Participants: 58
 
Summary: Two invited speakers shared with students on the, very up-to-date, issue of the attacks on the French capital on 13th November 2015. The speakers focused on the impact of events on the population of France (Dr Grzelczyk) and more broad consequences of the attacks for the European and British politics (Prof. Green). Students and gathered staff asked a number of interesting questions with regard to the following themes: radicalisation of youngsters and the role that secular education plays in it in France and Belgium; validity, and in fact desirability, of Schengen agreement; security threat and potential French/European/World response; Muslim community responsibility? The debate was also linked to the Asylum seekers regulation, uncertainty of available information, and potential effects of counteracting such events with measures affecting civil liberties.