Politische Kultur in (Südost)Europa 

posted by Julia 14 years ago

Die Südosteuropa-Gesellschaft und die Deutsche Welle veranstalten am 17. und 18. September 2009 in der Räumen der Deutschen Welle in Bonn eine internationale Konferenz zum Thema Politische Kultur in (Südost)Europa – Charakteristika, Vermittlung, Wandel. Das Programm und weitere Informationen gibt es hier.


 Democratisation and reform in SEE 

posted by Julia 15 years ago
The latest newsletter of the "Development and Transition" platform (LSE + UNDP) focuses on democratisation in Central and (South) Eastern Europe - the pdf-version can be downloaded here. I found the interview with Thomas Carothers (who is very critical of Western democratisation efforts in (South) Eastern Europe) quite interesting - here some quotes: 

 Vortrag/Gespräch in Düsseldorf: Europa und der Balkan 

posted by Julia 15 years ago
Das Düsseldorfer Instituts für Außen- und Sicherheitspolitik e.V. (DIAS) an der Heinrich-Heine-Universität lädt zum 3. Uni Talk über "Europa und der Balkan: Identitäten, Interessen, Perspektiven" mit Dr. Geert-Hinrich Ahrens, Botschafter a.D., Bonn.
WANN? Donnerstag, 7. Mai 2009, 12:30 Uhr  - 14:00 Uhr
WO? Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf, Seminarraum 01.05 (Geb. 24.91, Altes Juridicum) (Wegbeschreibung hier) (Eintritt frei)

 Bosnien-Herzegowina: Recherchereise für Medienschaffende 

posted by Julia 15 years ago
n-ost bietet zwölf deutschsprachigen Medienschaffenden (Print/Radio) eine Recherchereise nach Bosnien und Herzegowina zum Thema: "Bosnien und Herzegowina. Zerrissenes Land zwischen Kriegsfolgen und EU-Integration" an. Wann? 16. bis 23. Juni 2009, Bewerbungsschluss: 19. Mai 2009.

 SEE Visions 

posted by Julia 15 years ago
A team of individuals from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo and Romania, who are taking part in a programme funded by the TRANSFUSE Association and the College of Europe, together with NGO HIŽA have launched the competition ‘Express Europe through your Eyes’ for young individuals of South East Europe. As explained on the website - where the young artists have posted their art works as blogs - "the main goal of the competition is to provide space for young people from the region to express their views on the EU through different art forms, but also to gain information and knowledge about the EU." (more...)

 Understanding Bosnia... 

posted by Julia 15 years ago
... is the title of an article by Vildana Skocajic and Anes Alic (click here for episode one + two). After some delay due to negotiations with the US it seems that Austrian diplomat V. Inzko will be the next High Representative in BiH. Former High Representative Paddy Ashdown was criticised for using the "Bonn Powers", Schwarz-Schilling for his "ownership" policies. Miroslav Lajcak had a tougher stance in the crisis following the separatist threats of RS-PM Dodik, but also tried to be closer to the Bosnians, especially to young people (cf. the reci.ba website). (more...)

 Wars of symbols 

posted by Julia 15 years ago
The Czech EU Presidency installation Entropa (pdf booklet) by the Czech artist David Černý triggered a lot of debate and criticism - so much that there is even a summary of the debate  on Wikipedia. Bulgarian TV moderator Boyko Vassilev explains why: 
"By creating a project where everyone feels offended, Cerny (perhaps unintentionally) shows how fragile Europe is in a world constantly driven by wars of symbols and representation. It shows also how this war could ignite along the fringes of or even within the union." (more...)

 Kosovo - one year after...  

posted by Julia 15 years ago
Kosovars did not have to go to work for two days, the President of Kosovo pardoned or shortened the sentences of 62 people convicted of various crimes, and the Kosovar Prime Minister visited a baby girl born on 17 February 2008 and named Pavaresia (Independence)...
The accounts of Kosovo's celebration of "1 year of independence" are a good occasion to publish reports on every-day life in Kosovo (cf. an easy-reading article by the TAZ/in German or an (mp3) audio-report by D. Auer/Deutschlandfunk/also in German)... or to recall that most "promises" by the Kosovo government or the international community are still not realised:


posted by Julia 15 years ago
Zum zweiten Mal schreibt das Netzwerk für Osteuropa-Berichterstattung Recherchestipendien zum Thema „70 Jahre Kriegsbeginn – Erinnerungskulturen in Deutschland, Ostmittel- und Osteuropa“ aus. Gefördert werden die Stipendien von der Stiftung "Erinnerung, Verantwortung und Zukunft".

 EU Should Keep Up Pressure on Belgrade 

posted by Julia 15 years ago
Despite "Serbia's newfound appetite for international justice", IWPR correspondant Simon Jennings argues that the "EU Should Keep Up Pressure on Belgrade". "Given the recent arrests (...), it is regrettable that European chiefs are looking to relax their strict conditions on movement towards integration just when they are starting to work", e.g. by initiating a trade agreement with Serbia.
Related stories: a recently published BIRN article on the fate of Sarajevo's Jews during the war and an IWPR article on Visegrad where people "do not know anything" about what happened during the war. A propos Visegrad and the war: if you are looking for an easy-to-read novel for the end of the Christmas/New Years holidays, I can recommend Sasa Stanisic': Wie der Soldat das Grammofon repariert/How the Soldier Repairs the Gramophone (click here or here to read an extract in English).

 Visa facilitation in the W-Balkans 

posted by Julia 15 years ago

The European Citizen Action Service (ECAS) and King Baudouin Foundation (KBF) organise a conference on 10 December 2008 in Brussels on: “Does it really matter? Visa facilitation in the Western Balkans: Monitoring of the new agreements”. More information on the conference and the conference programme can be found here.

 EULEX between hopes and fears 

posted by Julia 15 years ago

The new EULEX mission should be operational in a few days. Its legal basis is a report by the Secretary General on the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo which was adopted by the UN Security Council last week:

"I expect EULEX to move forward with its deployment in the coming period and to assume responsibilities in the areas of policing, justice and customs, under the overall authority of the United Nations, under a United Nations umbrella headed by my Special Representative, and in accordance with resolution 1244 (1999). UNMIK has been working closely with EULEX on technical arrangements designed to facilitate its deployment under resolution 1244 (1999)." (Ban Ki Moon in the Report of the Secretary-General on the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo from 24 November 2008) (click on "MORE" to read on)


This weblog is a forum for discussion on the political and social processes linked to EU integration in the Western Balkans. We would also like to use this space to create a virtual network of researchers on this topic. You are most welcome to contribute to this weblog with comments, postings, links, or photos. Please use the "add comment" function at the end of each posting!
All photos by the Photo Arts Collective of Kosovo. First photo by Burim Myftiu (Swimming olympiade in Klina). Second photo by Mimoza. Third photo by Dashmir Izairi.
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