Political Trends and Dynamics: June-July 2017

The Euro-Atlantic institutional framework is the future of the Western Balkans. Or, at least, that has been the mantra in Brussels and Washington for the better part of the last two decades. European integration, arguably the more complex of the two undertakings, has been prominent in the international community’s engagement in the region. Both Slovenia and Croatia are now EU members, and Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia are each official candidate countries, with Bosnia and Herzegovina’s application underway. But what of the Atlantic half of the integration process?

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The EU-Turkey Refugee Deal

In March 2016, two measures ended what has been labeled the European refugee crisis – the closure of the so-called Balkan route and the agreement on the EU-Turkey statement. The EU’s shift in policy put an end to the Eastern Mediterranean migration route into the EU, but it did not result in a complete closure of the Balkan route.

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On the Road Towards Prosperity 4.0: Digitalization in Serbia

A positive characteristic of Serbia is the institutional and legal framework regarding digital economy and society. This has been reflected with the adoption of the new Law on Telecommunication and other digital services which are in accordance with EU regulations. The population of Serbia quickly and spontaneously accepts the latest information and communication technologies. The main weaknesses are echoed in the slow implementation of the Law, high Internet access costs and other issues.

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Political Trends & Dynamics: April - May 2017

Re-forging bonds between the countries of the Western Balkans (and southeastern Europe more broadly) has been an overarching issue and policy goal since the breakup of Yugoslavia. Regional cooperation has been the hallmark of EU policy since the signing of the Stability Pact in 1999. Various efforts since then (free trade, energy and transport infrastructure, the fight against corruption and organized crime, youth cooperation) have included both the Western Balkans states themselves and also the EU, the U.S., neighboring countries, and key international institutions and organizations.

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Monitoring the Berlin Process: From Paris to Trieste

In the aftermath of Brexit referendum and after the Paris Summit, it is of utmost importance to

reflect over the progress achieved so far in the framework of the Berlin process (BP), its place

in the myriad of existing regional cooperation initiatives and platforms and the challenges

ahead. Three years after its inception and one year before its end, it is time to take stock of its

dynamics and to contribute with contextualized recommendations on its role to further enhance

regional cooperation in the Western Balkans (WB6), and to its contribution to the EU accession

path of the WB6 countries.

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Political Trends and Dynamics: February - March 2017

A crisis of democratic legitimacy has been building up in Southeast Europe for years, despite the best efforts of democracy promoters from within and beyond the region. Led by the EU, the international community prescribed a model of democratic and economic transition in the aftermath of the Yugoslav Wars that they hoped would make the region both prosperous and stable. While significant progress has been achieved, informed observers understand also that Balkan leaders often pay mere lipservice to reform while actual democratic development is backsliding.

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Civil Society Forum Trieste 2017

The Civil Society Forum series reached Trieste in 11-12 July 2017, at the same time as the EU Western Balkan Summit took place in the city. This marks...

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The "New Left" Summer School Rijeka

As part of the ongoing Activist Fora and Democratic Left 18 (#DL18), Dialogue SOE in cooperation with the Center for Advanced Studies (CAS) at the...

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Civil Society Forum Tirana 2017

The Civil Society Forum in Tirana marked the continuation of a Western Balkans dialogue platform initiated in 2015. The event, which took place on...

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