Institute News and Events

Balkans Peace Program (BPP) Summer 2012: Post-Conflict Development in Kosovo


This is an educational program that will provide students enrolled in a university outside of Kosovo and the region with the unique opportunity to spend about three weeks in Kosovo studying and learning about development in practice in a post-conflict area right in the middle of Europe. Participants of the program will also visit three other Balkans countries, Albania, Macedonia, and Montenegro.

11 May, 2012 (All day)

IES Completes Transition to Dept. of Political Science, Faculty of Arts


The UBC senate recently approved a motion to change the mandate and structure of the College for Interdisciplinary Studies (CFIS). As of April 1st 2012, several research units including the IES will move to the Faculty of Arts.  The Institute for European Studies now resides within the Department of Political Science.  

For more information visit the CFIS website at

EU Study Tour and Internship Program

A consortium of Canadian universities through the Network for European Studies (Canada) offers on a yearly base the EU Study Tour and Internship Program. At UBC the Institute for European Studies at the Department of Political Science organizes those programs. This year we are sending four students to the Study Tour that begins May 6th in Brussels and ends May 25th. Three students successfully applied for internship positions. Our congratulations go to Kate, Jeff, and Chris!

Email Dr. K. Hübner for further information.

German crisis management and leadership—from ignorance to procrastination to action (Article)

IES Director Kurt Hübner has recently published an article titled 'German crisis management and leadership—from ignorance to procrastination to action' in Asia Europe Journal

The financial crisis of 2008 and even more so the crisis of the Eurozone drastically increased the demand for decisive leadership and public crisis management. Due to the size of its economy and its position in the global as well as in the European economy, Germany should take the lead in this crisis management. Germany’s management of the two crises differs but also shows strong similarities. A “center-left Grand Coalition” managed the global financial crisis; a global crisis in which Germany was one among several relevant global players. A center-right government under the leadership of the same chancellor then during the sovereign debt crisis manages the Eurozone crisis. This is a regional crisis but with global implications. German government was slow in responding to both crises but acted eventually after some procrastination. Both cases, however, differ with regards to Germany’s actual role in crisis management. During the global financial crisis, other global actors pushed Germany to the forefront. The Eurozone crisis, a regional crisis, demands a leading role of Germany, the largest economy and member state of the EU. The paper, however, argued that the German crisis management with regards to the Eurozone is very much driven by ideas that preserve German norms but do not live up to the challenges of the crisis. Germany’s insistence in its own interests and norms hinders the delivery of a comprehensive crisis management of the Eurozone crisis within the European Union.

Find the full article here

Political Exploitation of the Crisis of the Eurozone (Policy Brief)

Click here for the latest Policy Note from IES Director, Dr. K. Hübner titled 'Political Exploitation of the Crisis of the Eurozone'.

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