Article in Danas daily: Why is civil society part of the Berlin Process and how to best use this?

Link to the article There are three reasons why the civil society of the Western Balkans is included in the Berlin Process – first, the reforms required for the infrastructure and other sizeable projects of regional cooperation require social consensus, to enable political continuity after power shifts; the consensus is hard to achieve without inclusion…

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The challenging opportunity of migration: can CSOs strengthen their role?

Photo: Gémes Sándor/SzomSzed / Wikimdia Commons   Ugo Poli The consensus on the implementation of the international rights of refugees and asylum seekers is apparently shared by the institutional levels of all countries, and there is agreement on the long-lasting, historical features of the process when speaking of the massive flows of migrants moving nowadays…

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Hello Europe, anyone home?

Piero Fassino After the tragedy that devastated the territories of the Yugoslav federation, the European Union has committed itself to promoting stability and an integration process for Balkan countries. This led to Slovenia’s and Croatia’s accession to the EU and to association agreements with the other candidate countries, but no definite schedule for membership has…

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Berlin Process still an important forum for UK commitment

Lejla Ramić-Mesihović   Given the fact that the United Kingdom came out with a post-Brexit policy line which supports integration of the Western Balkans into the European Union, the context of the Berlin process in which this country follows-up on its commitments within the process should not be surprising. Quite on the contrary – the…

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What’s next? The British Presidency of the Berlin Process at the time of Brexit

Eleonora Poli 2016 has been the year of a number of unpredictable shifts in the global arena. Together with the elections of Donald Trump as President of the Unites states, Brexit is certainly one of them. Defined as a clean cut from the EU’s undemocratic institutions and inefficient governance by British euroskeptical political voices, such…

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