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Balkans: Geopolitics in Times of Corona

Foreign Aid and Public Relations Work and Their Perception in South East Europe

The coronavirus pandemic is a stress test for global value chains, national health systems and the resilience of societies – with no clear outcome. Against the backdrop of the crisis, we are also witnessing a geopolitical, systemic competition to win the hearts and minds of states and societies and to dominate global narratives. True to the motto that every crisis harbours an opportunity, the People´s Republic of China and the Russian Federation in particular are striving to gain sympathies in selected countries through rapid aid and its propagandistic staging, so as to highlight the superiority of their own systems and thus to expand their soft power. It would be naive to assume that their actions are guided solely by humanitarian considerations and international solidarity. What´s more, they are applying illegitimate methods such as fake news and disinformation campaigns as well.

Präsident Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in Belgrad

Bericht zum dritten Staatsbesuch des Präsidenten der Republik Türkei, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in Serbien

Kaum ein anderes Staatsoberhaupt besucht Serbien so häufig wie das türkische Staatsoberhaupt, insgesamt dreimal, 2010, 2017 und jetzt 2019 war Recep Tayyip Erdoğan zu Gast in Belgrad. Neben dem gegenseitigen Austausch von Höflichkeiten und Freundschaftsbekundungen ging es auch um konkret Geschäftliches. Während des zweitägigen Besuchs, befanden sich in der Delegation 200 Personen aus dem Bereich Investment, Handel und Industrie.

Serbien und die Eurasische Wirtschaftsunion

Bericht zum Inkrafttreten des Freihandelsabkommens zwischen Serbien und der EAWU am 01.Oktober 2019

Das im Jahr 2015 entstandene Vertragssystem der Eurasischen Wirtschaftsunion (EAWU), dem die Russische Föderation, Belarus, Kasachstan, Kirgisistan und Armenien angehören, wird oft landläufig als das „östliche Gegenstück“ zur Europäischen Union bezeichnet. Seit Oktober gilt nun ein Freihandelsabkommen zwischen der EAWU und der Republik Serbien.

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Public Service Media Under Crossfire by Protest Movements

Protesters in South East Europe criticise their governments and demand more independence of the public broadcasters

There is seething unrest in South East Europe and immediately it is called ”Balkan Spring.” Many people are protesting in the capitals of Serbia, Montenegro, Albania and Croatia out of dissatisfaction with their governments. This frustration is targeted towards the media in these countries as well – especially the public service media which are frequently considered a mouthpiece of the government. The protesters therefore call for resignation of the general directors of the broadcasters.

The influence of external actors in the Western Balkans

A map of geopolitical players

The aim of this report is to look closely at the activities of external actors in the Western Balkans and to describe their function and role, intentions and interests, and the resources at their disposal. It also considers local and regional perceptions and sensitivities and evaluates the involvement of these external actors from a European and German perspective. This report forms part of our wide range of activities and projects that aim the integration of the Western Balkan states into the European Union and promote dialogue on foreign and security policy issues in Germany.

The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung mourns the loss of Helmut Kohl

On the death of former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, Chairman of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung and former President of the European Parliament, Hans-Gert Pöttering, writes:

Serbian Access to Information Law scores high

But journalists ask for better application

The Serbian Access to Information Law tops an international ranking and sets a high standard. The Media Program South East Europe of Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung wanted to know, which experiences Serbian journalists have in practice when requesting information from public authorities.

The Orthodox Church in the 21st Century

Knjiga koja je pred Vama iz više razloga ima veliku vrednost ali ćemo ovde naglasiti samo dva: prvi je tema koju obrađuje a drugi je ličnost iz čijeg pera su se te teme izlile. Današnja uloga Pravoslavne crkve u zemljama u kojima je ona dominantna religijska zajednica, svakako je veoma važan predmet diskusija poslednje dve ili tri decenije u ne samo u društvima tih zemalja, već i izvan njih....

Decentralization versus centralization

Where is Serbia's Vojvodina heading?

The Serbian autonomous province of Vojvodina has recently been in the headlines. This week its parliament passed a declaration aimed at defending its constitutional rights and autonomy. At a moment when Belgrade is finally starting to normalize relations with its former province (and now independent) Kosovo, the issue of decentralization is – willingly or unwillingly by some Serbian politicians – falsely associated with separatist tendencies of the Vojvodina government.

"A Guidebook on Lobbying"

A Guidebook on Lobbying, Dusko Krsmanovic