Europe 2017: Avoiding Electoral Surprises

Kursnummer: 13417

Part 5: Britain votes again

Date: 24 May 2017, 9:30-12:30

Place:  Haus der Europäischen Union, Wipplingerstrasse 35, 1010 Vienna

Cooperation project between fjum and the European Commission Representation in Austria.

Seminar series on the countries that hold election in spring 2017. Information on the autumn sessions to follow.


One year after the referendum on Britain’s exit from the European Union, the voters are called to the polls again. They will vote for the third time in two years.

At the outset of the negotiations with Brussels, Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May called for snap elections and explained that Westminster did not stand united over the difficult negotiation talks. Therefore, she required “stability and certainty” in order to proceed. Different polls foresee Tory success, but what do these elections mean on the ground? What are voters’ expectations, fears, and concerns?  Is Brexit properly understood? What are the options for Scotland?


James Hanning, journalist, former deputy editor of Independent on Sunday; co-author of the books on former Prime Minister David Cameron and on phone hacking by media outlets, will explain the local context. Full CV.

Wolfgang Bogensberger, lawyer, political scientist and European Union expert, will address the legal aspects of the Lisbon Treaty Article 50. Full CV.

Learning Objective

To detect the most important elements that have to be taken into account when writing, analysing, following and commenting on political and social developments in the UK. To know what matters on the ground to British voters, not how outsiders react in this regard.


The session consists of 2 presentations and an interactive discussion. The reduced group size allows for a continuous dialogue. Three days before the session, all participants will receive several articles on recent developments in the UK. That way, everyone will have the same starting point for discussions.

Target Groups

Journalists from the Austrian media, foreign and national news desks.


Read the provided material before the session.

Maximum number of participants: 12;

Language: English

Registration deadline: 22 May 2017

Further Questions

For additional information about the session, contact Mirjana Tomić, seminar manager,, or call 0676 365 26 93.

Mirjana Tomić develops and manages fjum_Kontext information sessions on international current affairs. Her international career encompasses journalism, media and political analyses, public outreach and university lecturing. She holds a BA degree in Political Science from Brandeis University, US, and an MA from El Colegio de México, Mexico City, Mexico.

24.05.201709:30 - 12:30
Haus der EU
Wipplingerstraße 35, 1010 Wien