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IES organizes its first Graduate Student Conference in European Studies: "Breaking and Building Borders"
From historical and contemporary perspectives, this interdisciplinary graduate conference on Europe will address a wide range of topics including cultural and religious identity, immigration, and the European Union’s legal, institutional, and economic challenges and opportunities. All Berkeley graduate students and visiting graduate students are invited to submit proposals to present by March 1st. The conference will take place on Friday, April 10, 2015. For more information click here.

IES Sponsors Icelandic Language Education
In cooperation with the UC Berkeley Department of Scandinavian, IES will co-sponsor a new program in Icelandic language education. Straddling both the Atlantic and the Arctic Ocean, Icelandic is a strategic language in the transatlantic connections between the US and Europe as well as between Europe and the Artic. With this new program, the Department of Scandinavian will be offering 5 Nordic languages: Icelandic, Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish and Danish. Via an Internet 2.0 Highspeed video-conference connection, these language courses are also offered to students at the University of California Los Angeles.

IES Sponsors Advanced Turkish Language Education
In cooperation with the UC Berkeley Center for Middle Eastern Studies and the Department for Near Eastern Studies, IES will co-sponsor a new course in advanced Turkish in order to strengthen Turkish language education on the Berkeley campus. Straddling both the European and Asian continents, Turkish is a strategic language of national need with inadequate coverage in the US. It is also an official minority language in Cyprus and Greece, and a minority language in several other European nations. Germany alone counts about 3 million Turkish speakers.

IES Sponsors Advanced Catalan Language Education
In cooperation with the UC Berkeley Department of Spanish and Portuguese, IES will co-sponsor a new course in advanced Catalan in order to strengthen Catalan language education on the Berkeley campus.

Center for German and European Studies Receives Grant
Our Center for German and European Studies, led by Beverly Crawford, received a two-year grant from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for an exciting new slate of activities focused on the theme: "Global Germany." Conferences, lecture series' student exchanges, and Graduate Student Study Groups will support innovative research focused on Germany’s new role in the world and the world’s impact on Germany.

New Lecture Series
The Center for German and European Studies is proud to announce its new lecture series. The Spring 2015 semester will feature the following lectures: February 5, 12 pm : "What was '1968'? The Year in West Germany in Global Perspective" (Timothy Scott Brown, Professor of History, Northeastern University); March 2, 12 pm "From the Watergate Scandal to the Compliance Revolution: Fighting Corruption in the U.S. and Germany, 1972-2012," (Hartmut Berghoff, Director, German Historical Institute, Washington, D.C.); March 9, 12 pm "Arming Your Enemy: Germany's Secret Dealings with Russia in the 1920s," (Zachary Shore, Associate Professor of History, Naval Postgraduate School and Senior Fellow IES); April 2, 12 pm "Explaining the Anti-Immigrant Movement in Dresden (and Beyond)" Professor Dr. Jost Halfmann (Institut für Soziologie, Technische Universität Dresden); April 15, 12 pm "Germany and European Security: What lies ahead?" Johanna Bussemer (Rosa Luxemburg Foundation).


Eleftherios Mikros, Christos Papadimitriou, Gérard Roland and Jeroen Dewulf

February 6, 2015: Panel on Syriza and the Greek Elections

Institute of European Studies Director Jeroen Dewulf moderated a discussion analyzing the results of the 2015 Greek Elections on February 6. The event, which was co-sponsored by the Institute of International Studies, sought to contextualize the recent win of the leftist party Syriza in that country and examine its effect on the ongoing Greek debt crisis. The panel included Professor Christos Papadimitriou of the Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences Department at Berkeley; Eleftherios Mikros, Ph.D. candidate at the School of Law, whose focus is on human rights and immigration law; and Gérard Roland, Professor of Economics and Political Sciences, also at Berkeley. Professor Papadimitriou opened the panel with a positive assessment of Syriza and its commitment to its political program. Mr. Mikros was less optimistic, and voiced concern about what the party's decision to form a government with the right-wing Independent Greeks would mean for its social agenda. Professor Roland then offered an analysis of the financial situation of the Greek government and what Syriza’s win would mean for the Greek economy moving forward, arguing that the failure of austerity measures showed that in order to stabilize and revitalize the Greek economy more leniency would need to be shown as Greece simply cannot pay off its debts. Mr. Mikros agreed with Professor Roland, but added that to remedy from the economic situation more needs to be done to combat corruption within the state and tax system. Professor Papadimitriou argued that Syriza was serious about stamping out old practices, and that it was equally important that it restore confidence in the government by keeping their campaign pledges. Afterwards the panel was opened up to questions to the sizable crowd which had assembled, including many Greeks: questions ranged from defining the left-right divide in Greece, Antisemitism in Greece, and the growing Russian influence in the region to assessing the likelihood of a debt deal and what a Greek exit from the Eurozone would entail politically. The debate was vigorous but good-natured, and provided an even-handed, though-provoking and informative analysis of the complex Greek political situation.

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