Alternative media: Overcoming lack of media freedoms in the Western Balkans?

Similar to democratisation itself in the region, the transformation of the media landscape in the Western Balkans (WB) is an open-ended process that can never be fully consolidated, a process that has been marked by significant progress, but also by patterns of regression. The Balkans in Europe Policy Advisor Group (BiEPAG) argued recently that “the…

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The Washington D.C. conference “Transformation and Stability in the Western Balkans”

One of the most prominent organizations dedicated to spreading freedom and democracy around the world, Freedom House, in cooperation with the European Fund for the Balkans and the Balkans in Europe Policy Advisory Group (BiEPAG) organized a conference in Washington, D.C. “The transformation and stability in the Western Balkans”. What is the state of democracy…

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The Washington D.C. conference “Balkan Troubles: The European Perspective and the Case for US Engagement”

The Atlantic Council in cooperation with the European Fund for the Balkans and the Balkans in Europe Policy Advisory Group (BiEPAG) organised a conference “Balkan Troubles: The European Perspective and the Case for US Engagement” in Washington, D.C. The main topics of the conference were the role of the US in the current geopolitical relations…

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Conference in Washington, D.C. – “Balkan Troubles: The European Perspective and the Case for US Engagement” (May 16, 2017)

On May 16, the Atlantic Council in partnership with the European Fund for the Balkans and the Balkans in Europe Policy Advisory Group (BiEPAG) will host the conference “Balkan Troubles: The European Perspective and the Case for US Engagement” in Washington D.C. What are the main sources of instability in the Balkans and how a…

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Conference in Washington, D.C.– “Transformation and Stability in the Western Balkans” (May 15, 2017)

On May 15, Freedom House, Washington D.C., in partnership with the European Fund for the Balkans and the Balkans in Europe Policy Advisory Group (BiEPAG) will host the conference “Transformation and Stability in the Western Balkans”. The main topic of discussion will be the future of the Western Balkans and the United States policy in…

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What is a stabilitocracy?

In our latest BiEPAG policy brief, we use the term stabilitocracy to describe the semi-authoritarian regimes in the Western Balkans. We draw this term from Srdja Pavlović, who introduced this term in an LSE Blog on Montenegro in late 2016 to describe a regime where undemocratic practices persist and the “West has… turned a blind…

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The Attack on MPs in Macedonia is Direct Attack on Democracy

On 27 April, 2017, after the parliamentary majority elected a speaker in Macedonia, the parliament was stormed by a mob.  Some were wearing ski masks. Members of parliament who had voted to elect the new speaker were attacked. The attackers injured several MPs: Zoran Zaev (SDSM), Radmila Sekerinska (SDSM), Zijadin Sela (Alliance for Albanians), Oliver…

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BiEPAG’s policy brief ‘The Crisis of Democracy in the Western Balkans. Authoritarianism and EU Stabilitocracy’ presentation in the European Parliament

The new BiEPAG (Balkans in Europe Policy Advisory Group) study ‘The Crisis of Democracy in the Western Balkans. Authoritarianism and EU Stabilitocracy’ will be presented today at the round-table “The Crisis of Democracy in the Western Balkans – Authoritarianism and EU Stabilitocracy” in the European Parliament. The European perspective of the Western Balkans was solemnly reaffirmed…

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Macedonia at the Crossroads – Is Peaceful Transfer of Power Possible in Authoritarianism?

On March 1, President Ivanov denied Mr. Zoran Zaev, the leader of the Social Democratic Union, the right to form a government, despite evidence that he had secured a majority in the Macedonian Parliament. In explaining his decision during a televised address to the public, Ivanov listed formal and ‘substantive’ reasons for not granting the…

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The Romanian protests: democratic progress or a ride on a rocking-horse?

Throughout February, the Romanian people received international accolades for vigorously flexing their civic muscle against the government’s attempt to roll back hard-won achievements in the fight against corruption. While other member states in the European Union (EU) are grappling with the threat of illiberal disorder, the decisiveness with which hundreds of thousands of Romanians took…

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