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Apprenticeship in the IOS Library

The IOS library offers an apprenticeship position for FaMIs (media and information services specialists) from September 2024. Applications are welcome until 31 March.

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Everyday Effects of Viktor Orbán's Illiberal Democracy

Right-wing extremists and populists could soon come to power in Western Europe and the USA. But where will this lead? In the IOS blog, Ulf Brunnbauer uses Hungary as an example to explain how authoritarian politics exacerbates problems.

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IOS Library

Exhibition on IOS Provenance Research

The exhibition at the University Library of Regensburg runs until 29 April. Brochure available for download here.

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About the Institute


The IOS is one of the largest non-university research institutions of its kind in Germany. Through its work, the Institute contributes to a better understanding of the society and history of Eastern and Southeast Europe.

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IOS Research

At the IOS, researchers from various disciplines conduct research on the history of as well as the economic and political developments in Eastern and Southeast Europe.

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Understanding Eastern and Southeast Europe—creating, preserving, and communicating knowledge. This is the goal of the Regensburg-based Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies (IOS). The IOS is one of the largest non-university research institutions of its kind in Germany. Our staff include historians, economists, and political scientists with a particular interest in the former Soviet Union and Southeast Europe. In addition, the IOS provides important infrastructure services for research.

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Blog Series "Provenance Research at the IOS"

In the course of a current project, the Institute’s library is checked for books, journals and maps that were looted under Nazi rule. In a series on ostBLOG, Daniela Mathuber explains provenance research at the IOS and presents several objects.



The IOS in the Media

Dreams of a "Great Empire" in Hungary and Romania

Article about right-wing extremists in Hungary and Romania discussing a splitting up of Ukraine; with statements by Ulf Brunnbauer (German).



Germany’s Far-Right Party Is Worse Than the Rest of Europe’s

Article on the AfD and its categorisation on the right edge of the European party spectrum, with statements by Ulf Brunnbauer.

Foreign Policy

His Name Means "Hope": This Man Wants to Run Against Putin

The article about Boris Nadezhdin, who wants to run in the presidential elections in Russia, features statements by Fabian Burkhardt (German).


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