Civil Society Forums: New impetus for WB regional cooperation and EU integration

Ulrike Lunacek The six Southeastern Europe states – Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia – and the majority of their citizens are united by the common goal of joining the EU. However, they still face many divisions, be they political, ethnic or otherwise, and are confronted, among other things, by a dire…

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More than creating jobs: Reconnecting WB through innovation and entrepreneurship

Samira Nuhanović Ribić In 1968, George Land did a study with 1600 five-year olds testing their creativity scores on a test used by NASA to check creativity levels of their scientists. The results were astonishing, with 98% of tested kids scoring in the „highly creative“ range. The same group of kids were tested five and…

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Bringing Balkan citizens into the policy-making process

Photo: ERSTE Stiftung/Flickr Ardian Hackaj Civil society role in regional cooperation “Regional cooperation shall also include the civil society level” stated the Final Declaration of the Chair of the Conference on the Western Balkans in Berlin, in August 2014. The statement of expectations from civil society opened the way for a more structured contribution coming…

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Reclaiming Social Justice – or Was There Ever Any in the WB-6?

Milan Zivkovic, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Skopje Office Bojan Maricik, Macedonian Center for European Training   Regardless of whether the politicians or the voters lean towards the left, the center, or the right political options we often hear conversations and rhetoric that is centered on the term Social Justice. Most, if not all, politicians believe that talking about…

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