3 vragen aan...Milan Živković, Novo društvo Kroatië

Het zal weinigen ontgaan zijn dat de Europese Unie sinds gisteren één lidstaat rijker is. Kroatië is de 28e lidstaat en het eerste toetredende land dat te leiden had onder de oorlogen die gepaard gingen met het uiteenvallen van voormalig Joegoslavië. Om te kunnen toetreden moest Kroatië voldoen aan de strengste eisen die aan een toetredend land werden gesteld. Meld je aan voor onze nieuwsbrief waarin meer zal staan over de toetreding van Kroatië. In deze rubriek stellen we wekelijks 3 vragen aan iemand die verbonden is aan de Foundation Max van der Stoel. Deze week Milan Živković van Novo društvo, stichting voor ontwikkeling van sociaaldemocratie verbonden aan de Sociaal Democratische Partij (SDP) van Kroatië.  

1) What is your link with the Foundation Max van der Stoel?
The merger of Alfred Moser Stichting into a new organisation is the occasion to look back to our long time comradeship and cooperation in the fields of democracy development and political activists' education. When, more than a decade ago, the AMS started the first programme for education and networking of social democratic political activists in the Western Balkans, the Promising Politicians programme, my party leader and the president of the Croatian government, Mr. Zoran Milanovic and several members of his cabinet were among them. In 2006 my organisation founded the another longstanding education and debate project of Political Academy Novo društvo, which was by no means possible without the AMS continuous support. Some of our most active participants each year come from the Promising cradle.

2) On what kind of activities should the new foundation focus in South East Europe?
The long time crisis of social democratic political doctrine, as well as its distinct successes, advise us to review the possibilities of building the wider Popular Front coalitions on the left. SEE's post socialist left has traditionally weak link with the labour unions.

3) What is your news of the week?
Last Friday, EU trade ministers admitted that European cultural exception will not be up for discussion at the G8 summit's trade agreement talks in London. That means our states can continue to support and protect the art and public communication from the negative effects of the global market, at least for the time being.

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