Political Trends and Dynamics: The European Project in the Western Balkans: Crisis and Transition

In the light of recent events, it is becoming clear that at present that basic deal for Western Balkan countries in the EU enlargement process— reform for membership — has collapsed. Some may argue that EU policy towards the region was never as transparent as all that, but whatever its details, even the broadest version of this bargain has now dissolved. Combined with the ongoing crisis of leadership in the U.S., and the growing political and economic clout of foreign powers like Russia, China, Turkey, and others, the contemporary Western Balkans find them-selves tossed about in the most tumultuous international waters since the end of the Yugoslav crisis.

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Fact sheet: Youth Study Southeast Europe

The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) is publishing a fact sheet based on ground-breaking reports on the experiences and aspirations of youth in Southeast Europe, presenting youth demands for a decent future.

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Policy Paper: Youth and Labour Markets in Southeast Europe

The 2018/2019 FES survey results confirm that young people in most countries of SEE share what has become an almost universal experience of young people everywhere: they are struggling to find quality jobs. This struggle may have dire consequences for a young person in various aspects of their lives. This political economy insecurity is one of the core elements shaping the attitudes and values of the SEE youth.

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Policy Paper: Political and Civic Participation of Youth in Southeast Europe

Young people’s increasing political and civic disengagement has been a consistent preoccupation of scholars and policy- makers over the past few decades due to its negative implications for the future of democratic citizenship and political systems. This policy paper offers main points on the attitudes of SEE youth on political and civic participation.

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Policy Paper: Youth Mobility and Migration in Southeast Europe

The issue of young people’s emigration from South-eastern Europe (SEE) has recently drawn considerable public and scholarly attention. Predominantly fuelled by economic uncertainty at home,

youth emigration has especially picked up the pace during the last ten years in the Western Balkans’ six (WB6) countries.


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Blueprint Prespa? Lessons learned from the Greece-North Macedonia agreement

In February 2019, Macedonia received new name boards on its border crossings, and a new logo on the Government website. The country is now officially known as the Republic of North Macedonia. The process getting to the Prespa Agreement, which resulted in the name change, was wearisome, politically exhausting and at times highly controversial; but ultimately it was a process that proved successful, despite encountering opposition or even hostility on both sides. Could the Prespa Agreement be used as a blueprint for resolving other bilateral disputes in the region?

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Policy Paper: Solidarity-based approach to integrating Western Balkans in a stronger European Union

Critical of the status quo approach to enlargement, Florent Marciacq offers a strategic alternative by proposing “robust solidarity” as a new guiding principle that focuses on the EU’s foundational visions and values. Only with renewed attention to the EU’s founding principle of solidarity, he argues, can the resurfaced debate around “widening vs deepening” of the EU’s reach be overcome.

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Policy Paper: The Situation of Youth in the WB6 Countries

In recent years, considerable attention has been devoted by scholars and policy-makers to youth in the Western Balkans‘ six (WB6) countries – Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia. While young people in these countries are often seen as a possible ray of hope in terms of democratization and Europeanisation, empirical studies tend to paint a rather unfavorable picture in this regard. Youth in the region live under conditions of political economy of insecurity which drives their economic and political behavior.



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6th Danube Participation Day: Youth – Participation – Empowerment

On June 26th, Bucharest hosted the 6th Danube Participation Day, a conference that gathers representatives from civil society, public authorities...

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Daring more Europe! More Democracy in the Western Balkans for a Stronger European Union

In collaboration with the FES Dialogue Southeast Europe, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung offices in Paris and Skopje have organized on 5th of June 2019...

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A Unified Voice of the Western Balkans Youth: Skopje

From 30th of May to 2nd of June the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung yet again gathered enthusiastic and creative representatives of youth organizations from...

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