Romania's Second Democratic Transition

The democratic transition in Romania has been notably difficult. There are worrying signs that there is an authoritarian drift in society and the political system. If democracy is to last and be viable, Romania needs to rebuild its pluralistic and representative institutions. Will Romania join the nationalistic, conservative, and Eurosceptic Eastern bloc or will it be able to maintain its open, inclusive and pro-European perspective?

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Media and Civil Society in the Western Balkans

Although, in a broader sense, both NGOs and media are considered part of the civil society, in reality each of them has an independent existence and live a complex relationship. There are numerous civil society organizations in all Balkan countries, but overwhelmingly they are not seen as an active and thoroughly influential actor in domestic affairs.

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A Study of Refugees in Serbia 2016

Our colleagues from FES Belgrade have prepared this important study on the challenges of integrating refugees in Serbia. Apart from the actual influx of refugees from the Middle East, in the coming years more intense migratory movements caused by political/security (war), economic (poverty, unemployment) or ecological (devastation of the environment) factors, can be expected.

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Joint History Phase II - Wars, Divisions, Integration

In the 1980s the Cold War was coming to an end, thanks to economic, political and military pressure by the United States on the Soviet Union and the countries of the Warsaw Pact. East European countries found it increasingly difficult to carry the economic burden of the arms race. In the Soviet Union, crucial changes were made by Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, who launched political (glasnost) and economic (perestroika) reforms.

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Joint History Phase II - The Cold War

It is now 20 years since the Joint History Project (JHP) was proposed to the Center for Democracy and Reconciliation in Southeast Europe (CDRSEE) as its first and most urgent

project, 17 years since the conference on the island of Chalki, near Rhodes, which set up the History Education Committee with Professor Christina Koulouri as its Chair and eleven since the four previous workbooks, entitled The Ottoman Empire, Nations and States, The Balkan Wars and World War II first appeared.

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At the Gate of Europe: A Report on Refugees on the Western Balkan Route

This report provides an overview of the recent refugee crisis occurring in the Western Balkans between September 2015, when the first wave of refugees arrived in Croatia following Hungary’s decision to close its border with Serbia, and March 2016, when Macedonia closed off its border with Greece, effectively shuttering the Western Balkan route. For perhaps the first time since the 1990s, news emanated daily from this region, as personal narratives, institutional reactions, and media accounts filled the public space.

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Dubrovnik Dialogue: Integration or Disintegration of Europe?

Organized for eighteen years in a row, the Dubrovnik Dialogue conference continues to serve as a major platform for discussions and debates for...

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Reflection Forum Ljubljana: "Perspectives for the Western Balkans in the European Union"

The series of Reflection Fora on the Western Balkans in the European Union continued with a panel event on 28.03. in Ljubljana, Slovenia under the...

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Call for Papers: 200 Years of Karl Marx

As a prelude to Karl Marx' 200th birthday, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung will be organizing a conference to commemorate the legacy of one of the...

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