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Oops… EU did it again| March 2019

Oops… EU did it again Author: Gjergji Vurmo Civil society activists and the general public in the western Balkans (WB) have voiced their discontent regarding the rise of authoritarianism and state capture in the recent years. However, the European Union (EU), which plays an important role in the region, has …

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Sfidat e ardhshme të ekstremizmit të dhunshëm në Ballkanin Përendimor | shkurt 2019

Sfidat e ardhshme të ekstremizmit të dhunshëm në Ballkanin Përendimor *Ky artikull u publikua fillimisht në blogun e ResPublica , më 15 shkurt 2019. Autore: Leonie Vrugtman Vendet e Ballkanit Përendimor përballën me një sfidë të re sigurie: ç’radikalizimin dhe riintegrimin e luftëtarëve të kthyer. Deri në vitin 2017, të paktën 310 ish-anëtar …

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Blog Post | Terrorism-reporting in Western Balkans

Terrorism-reporting in Western Balkans By Leonie Rakaj – Vrugtman, IDM Researcher 11 October 2018 – We all remember it as if it happened yesterday. Breaking News and interrupted TV programs, as New York’s World Trade Center towers were attacked. In awe of shock and unbelief those who were not watching …

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Albania and the Geopolitics of the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline

Albania and the Geopolitics of the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline: Regional and Domestic Dimensions September 2018 – The Southern Gas Corridor (SGC) initiative was launched by the European Union (EU) in 2008 with the aim of developing a new supply route for Caspian and Middle Eastern gas to European markets and reducing the …

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Between survival and development: think tanks in the WB

Between survival and development: think tanks in the Western Balkans *This article was firstly published at www.onthinktanks.org on February 9, 2017. Author: Gjergji Vurmo Survival, perfectly describes the Western Balkans region these days. Namely, the last group of post-communist countries (Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia, Serbia, Montenegro and Bosnia & Herzegovina) which are struggling to …

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