Publications

Unequal Chances and Unjust Outcomes: Confronting Inequality in Southeast Europe

In Southeast Europe (SEE), a region undergoing challenging economic and political transitions, levels of income inequality tend to be among the highest in Europe. Despite inequality’s serious repercussions, governments in the region have not devoted sufficient attention to this issue. Rather, socioeconomic reforms, formulated in light of countries’ EU accession prospects, tend to stress fiscal consolidation and labor market deregulation. This comprehensive report looks at the current state of economic inequality, its potential root causes, as well as remedies offered in current reform documents.

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#FivePointsOn Inequality in Southeast Europe

In recent decades, within-country inequality of income and wealth has been on a worldwide rise. In Southeast Europe (SEE), levels of income inequality tend to be among the highest in Europe. Focusing on Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia and Serbia, this brief looks at the current state of economic inequality, its potential root causes, as well as remedies offered in current reform documents. It provides general recommendations on ways in which inequality in the region could be reduced.

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Beyond Enlargement - Why the EU‘s Western Balkans Policy Needs a Reset

Brussels has pledged that the next round of EU enlargement may begin as early as 2025. First in line are Serbia and Montenegro, but EU officials claim all the “Western Balkan Six” (WB6) are potential candidates; the ball, in short, is in the court of national governments.

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Serbia and Kosovo in 2035: Scenarios

Four scenarios on the state of relations between Serbia and Kosovo in 2035 were developed by a multinational Scenario Group from September 2017 till February 2018. The scenarios do not attempt to predict the future but offer alternatives for the possible and plausible future. They can provide food for thought for decision-makers.

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Political Trends and Dynamics: The Digital Frontier in Southeast Europe

A specter is haunting Southeast Europe — the specter of digital transformation. At least, that it is the hope by many in Europe and the region itself. Still largely defined by (the remains) of socialist (post) industrialism, Southeast Europe’s economic and social transition towards the digital frontier has been marked by incremental and irregular movement.

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Political Fragmentation on the Left - Alongside a Global Renaissance of Right-Wing Populism

In recent times, the political landscape in both established and transitioning democracies has experienced the (i) the fragmentation of the left-wing political spectrum and (ii) the increasing success of populist, often right-wing, anti-establishment parties or movements. This report highlights important insights and points of contention from an international conference on these topics, which was hosted by the FES office in Bosnia and Herzegovina in July 2017.

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Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung
Dialogue Southeast Europe

Kupreška 20, 71000 Sarajevo
Bosnia and Herzegovina

+387 33 711 540
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info(at)fes-soe.org

Events

Inequality in the Western Balkans - An Impediment for Joining the EU?

On May 16th, on the fringes of the EU Western Balkans Summit in Sofia, the FES organized an event titled "Inequality in the Western Balkans – An...

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#DemLeftSEE Meet(s) Zagreb

The Democratic Left in Southeast Europe initiative (#DemLeftSEE) met again, this time on May 8th and 9th in Zagreb, Croatia, to discuss the chances...

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Munich Event on the Renewal of the Left in Europe

Another encounter of the Democratic Left in Southeast Europe initiative (#DemLeftSEE ) discussing the crisis, future, and renewal of the Left took...

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