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Public meeting: “Young Generations for the New Western Balkans: Beyond Emigration"

Recent research shows that between 25.000 – 40.000 people are annually leaving each of the Western Balkans countries. Not only young people, but increasingly the middle class as well. A group of young scientist from the region has engaged in a project ‘New Horizons for the Young Generations in the Balkans” in order to discuss their visions how to overcome old- fashioned politics and nationalisms and the lack of perspective for younger generations. They will sketch alternative horizons and the look for alternatives for South-Eastern Europe’s way beyond emigration. Den Haag will be the first place in Europe after Vienna where the results of the mentioned initiative will be presented to the public.

Verwachtingen van de Westelijke Balkan aan de vooravond van de Europese top

Zullen we ooit deel uitmaken van het Europese project? Dat is de vraag die alle Westelijke Balkan leiders stellen wanneer ze zich voorbereiden op de grote top. Na de uitspraak van de Franse president Macron, geen uitbreiding totdat de EU zelf haar zaken op orde heeft, vorige maand in Straatsburg, vielen hun dromen aan diggelen.

EU’s New Enlargement Strategy: Change of Tone

On the 6th of February the European Commission presented its long awaited enlargement strategy for the Western Balkans. Since the State of the Union of European Commission President J.C. Juncker last year, there was a growing momentum for a clearer prospect for accession of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, Kosovo, Macedonia and Albania to the Union.

Back to the ‘90ies: Servische politicus vermoord in Kosovo

Op 16 januari werd Oliver Ivanović, de belangrijkste Servische oppositieleider in Kosovo, voor zijn kantoor doodgeschoten. In tegenstelling tot berichtgeving in sommige media heeft deze moord hoogstwaarschijnlijk niets te maken met etnische verdeeldheid in Kosovo. Drie maanden geleden maakte ik onderdeel uit van een kleine delegatie van het European Forum die Kosovo bezocht en spraken we Ivanović op zijn kantoor over de uitdagingen voor Kosovo in de aanloop naar de lokale verkiezingen. Hoe kan een dergelijke moord plaatsvinden in een de facto EU-protectoraat waar Europese militairen, rechters en ambtenaren de veiligheid moeten waarborgen en helpen met de opbouw van democratie en rechtstaat?

2016 Course for Promising Politicians: regional cooperation in Western Balkans

Between the 30th of July and the 3rd of August the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) Belgrade office, European Forum for Democracy and Solidarity and Foundation Max van der Stoel (FMS) organised the second seminar of the 2016 Course for Promising Politicians. The seminar ‘enhancing regional partnership and cooperation’ took place in Skopje, Macedonia. FMS trainer Maja Nenadović and Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Nenad Šebek conducted the training.

Ich bin ein Social Democrat

Between the 26th and 29th of May Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) Belgrade office, European Forum for Democracy and Solidarity and Foundation Max van der Stoel (FMS) organised the first seminar of the 2016 Course for Promising Politicians. The seminar ‘ich bin ein Social Democrat’ took place in Igalo, Montenegro, and focused on ideology and policies. FMS trainer Michiel Emmelkamp and Novo društvo (Croatia) trainer and SDP international secretary Karolina Leaković conducted the training.

New breakthrough in Kosovo-Serbia relations

On 25 August the prime ministers of Kosovo and Serbia have reached new agreements in four key areas that should enhance the relations between the two countries and between Albanians and Serbs in Kosovo. EU Foreign Affairs and Security chief, Fedrica Mogherini, brokered the deal, calling it a “landmark achievements in the normalisation process.” If implemented accordingly, the deal is expected to enable both countries to advance on their path to EU membership.

Promising politicians 2015: Regional responsibility

Last weekend (18-21 June) the second seminar of the Course for Promising Politicians (CPP) was held in Tirana, Albania. The seminar on regional cooperation focused on the interrelationships in the Western Balkan states, and on how cooperation between the countries can enhance regional stability and encourage regional growth. Over the course of three days, 27 young politicians followed several workshops on this topic.

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