Publications

Irregular migration and smuggling of migrants along the Balkan route 2011-2017

The research report identifies, documents and analyses patterns and characteristics of irregular migration in thirteen states along the so-called Balkan route in the period from 2011 to 2017. These states are Albania, Austria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Hungary, Kosovo, FYR Macedonia (now North Macedonia), Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, and Slovenia.

 

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European Cohesion: Progress at a Snail's Pace

Both Europe-wide inequality and the at-risk-of-poverty rate again fell slightly from 2016 to 2017. This was largely due to the strong growth in the poorer new EU member states between the Baltic and the Balkans. In particular, the number of people below the poverty threshold of 60 per cent of European median income fell by several million. Inequality and the at-risk-of-poverty rate Europe-wide, however, remained well above the level in individual EU member states.

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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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Events

Call for Applicants: Social-democratic Regional Women's Leadership Academy

The Academy aims to bring Western Balkan female politicians and activists together in a broad front to fight for an equal, developed, responsible...

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Democratic Left at Stolac Summer University: Resistance!

From 26th to 28th of July 2019, the picturesque and historically rich Stolac (Bosnia and Herzegovina) was the meeting point for culture, arts and...

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Poznan Western Balkans Summit 2019

From 3rd to 5th of July the city of Poznan hosted the next-in-line summit of the Berlin Process and has gathered an impressive number of participants...

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