For almost three decades (1992), the Friedrich Naumann Foundation has been active for freedom in the Western Balkans and supports the countries on their way to a united Europe. From her project office in Belgrade she coordinates her political education work and advice in Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia and Kosovo. Together with her partners from politics, science and civil society, she works primarily on the topics of human and civil rights, digital and open society, democracy and the rule of law as well as communicating political strategies and market-economy structures.
"Hope will emerge from vision of the future"
How can we give citizens back their faith in representative democracy? The president of Libek, Milos Nikolic, describes in an interview how democratic visions were gradually destroyed. Corruption, clientelism and the "strong hand" of the president characterize today's society and political climate. No way out? Nowhere?
Vuk Raičević about this year's Belgrade Pride Parade
We asked Vuk Raičević, Legal Officer at the Belgrade Centre for Human Rights, three questions regarding this year's Belgrade Pride Parade, after last year's event had to be held completely online due to the COVID pandemic.
Deep gratitude and bitter disappointment
„We will never forget how she helped us. I remind you that a woman is coming to us representing a country that is our biggest trading partner and most important investor.”
In the run-up to her trip the German Chancellor was showered with effusive praise by Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić. The divided reactions to the outgoing Chancellor’s farewell trip to the Western Balkans illustrate both the strengths and weaknesses of her engagement in the region.
Meet Vukosava Crnjanski from Serbia
Serbia is a country which has been through a lot and so have this country’s tireless activists. Against all odds, the years of slowly building a healthier dialogue about politics, independent journalism, and human rights have not left a mark on Vukosava Crnjanski’s motivation.
Assessing Croatia's policy performance within the European Union
"Although many things still need to be repaired and improved, Croatia has achieved much in geopolitical terms by becoming an EU Member State (as well as a NATO member). Had it not done so, Croatia would have been left under the significant influence of the authoritarian Russian regime. In this way, Croatia's example can help Serbia and other countries of the Western Balkans and Eastern Partnership on their path towards (more) freedom and the EU".
When an experienced journalist selflessly shares his knowledge
Would you like to work for a well-known German news agency? Would you like to know what an editor there expects from a journalist? The textbook Quality Journalism in Southeast Europe by the long-time head of the DPA office in Belgrade, Thomas Brey, in some ways opens the doors of this agency to both journalism students and more experienced journalists.
From independence to Europe. What comes next?
In recent years, the Foundation for Freedom has commemorated the "peaceful revolutions of freedom" thirty years ago in numerous events and publications, which found perhaps their most emblematic expression in German reunification. However, this revolutionary democratic change did not extend to the entire continent. Particularly the countries of the former Yugoslavia suffered from excesses of violence.