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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.

New Director of the IES French Studies Program
IES is delighted to inform that Mairi McLaughlin, Associate Professor in the French Department and Affiliated Member of the Linguistics Department, has agreed to be the new director of our French Studies Program. She will be assisted by Katie Lattman and will work closely with Larry Hyman, Director of the France-Berkeley Fund. For more on the new program director, click here.

IES Launches the Nation's First Ph.D. Degree in European Studies
In April 2015, the UC Berkeley Graduate Council approved the IES proposal for the creation of a Designated Emphasis in European Studies. This new program, offered in cooperation with the Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, will provide curricular and research resources for Berkeley graduate students who want to concentrate on European Studies within their respective disciplines and have their work formally recognized in their degree designation. Designed to bring together faculty and students from different departments, the DE will offer a unique context for rigorous cross-disciplinary research. Students applying to the DE must be prepared to integrate high-level research in European Studies into their coursework, qualifying exams, and dissertation. The program will be hosted by the Institute of European Studies in Moses Hall.

IES Sponsors Kurdish Language Education
In cooperation with the UC Berkeley Center for Middle Eastern Studies, IES will co-sponsor a new course on Kurdish language and culture for beginners. The course is offered in the Fall 2015 semester and will consider Kurdish languages and culture in context, covering Kurdish history from the Ottoman period through the rise of modern states. Special attention will be paid to Kurdish language and identity formation, nationalism, and current political demands, particularly with regard to Iraq, Iran, Turkey, and Syria, and the large Kurdish immigrant population in Europe.

IES Welcomes the New EU Fellow
IES welcomes Mr. Anze Erbeznik, who will succeed to Mr. Francisco B. Garcia Moran as the new EU Fellow on the UC Berkeley campus. Mr Erbeznik, a native of Slovania, is a highly qualified official of the European Parliament with a broad professional experience. He is currently Administrator at the Committee on Civil, Justice and Home Affairs, in the European Parliament.

Blog

IES Director Jeroen Dewulf and Gikas Hardouvelis

April 29, 2015: Lecture by the Greek Former Minister of Finance

On Wednesday, April 29, the Institute of European Studies welcomed Gikas A. Hardouvelis to campus. Mr. Hardouvelis holds a Ph.D. in Economics from UC Berkeley and was the Minister of Finance (June 2014 – 27 January 2015) in the Greek government under Prime Minister Antonis Samaras. As Greece’s last Minister of Finance before the Syriza-led government under Alexis Tsipras, Mr. Hardouvelis didn’t hide his concern over the radical change in policy in his country. Describing the Greek economic decline as “self-induced through domestic politics” and Greece as a “country of over-consumers and under-producers,” Mr. Hardouvelis highlighted some of the pressing issues relating to the recession and emphasized the inertia by the current government in taking action. In his words, questions from 2010 are no longer relevant in 2015, and Greece cannot start moving in the right direction until the new government moves from an ideological to a realistic approach in tackling the country’s economic problems. Using a variety of statistics (see link below), Mr. Hardouvelis compared Greece with other European Union Member States, demonstrating how Greece is the only nation still declining during this overall prosperous year in the EU. In conclusion, he stated that despite all problems he is optimistic that Greece will be able to remain in the Eurozone and that his country will eventually be able to repair its economy.
Mr. Hardouvelis shared his power-point presentation with IES; it can be downloaded here.

Mr. Hardouvelis and IES Director Jeroen Dewulf meet with Greek Consul-General Dimitrios Xenitellis

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