Political Trends and Dynamics: November 2016

Elections and bilateral issues shaped Southeast Europe in November 2016. Election results in Bulgaria and Moldova raised concerns over a possible change in the geopolitical landscape. Potentially historic negotiations on the reunification of Cyprus suffered a setback without a breakthrough or concrete results.


Political Trends and Dynamics: September-October 2016

In this period almost all of Southeastern Europe was witnessing numerous significant events and developments, such as snap elections in Croatia and general and local elections in Montenegro. At the same time, Macedonia started preparing for new elections while the talks about the reunification of Cyprus and also negotiations about the resolution of the Greek debt crisis continued. However, one event that above all others has the potential to have an impact on the security situation in the region was the referendum that was held in Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Serb-dominated entity of Republika Srpska on September 25.


Political Trends and Dynamics: June - July 2016

The overall situation in Southeast Europe has been deteriorating in terms of security and

political stability. This is primarily due to fallout from the 15 July attempted coup in Turkey, which has had repercussions almost everywhere in the region, but also because of a deterioration in relations between Croatia and Serbia.


Political Trends & Dynamics: April - May 2016

Peace and stability initiatives represent a decades-long cornerstone of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung’s work in southeastern Europe. Recent events have only reaffirmed the centrality of Southeast European stability with-in the broader continental security paradigm.


At the Gate of Europe: A Report on Refugees on the Western Balkan Route

This report provides an overview of the recent refugee crisis occurring in the Western Balkans between September 2015, when the first wave of refugees arrived in Croatia following Hungary’s decision to close its border with Serbia, and March 2016, when Macedonia closed off its border with Greece, effectively shuttering the Western Balkan route. For perhaps the first time since the 1990s, news emanated daily from this region, as personal narratives, institutional reactions, and media accounts filled the public space.


Foreign Policy Papers: Western Balkans between Geography and Geopolitics

This volume of the journal Foreign Policy Papers, presented to the public by the Forum for International Relations of the European Movement in Serbia and the Fridrich Ebert Stiftung Belgrade Office, represents one possible view of the most current and most important issues that define both the contemporary and recent history of the Western Balkan region, and as a result the title: Western Balkans between geography and geopolitics. The first word - geography – is historically persistent and known to everyone. However, it obviously has not lost it mystique and complexity, and above all, the capacity to surprise those who ignore it. The most important reason for this is that several European macro-regions intersect in this small territory: the…


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