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.
Regular Economic Report - Q3
The third quarter was particularly challenging for the BiH economy. The third FNF report follows the economic developments in this quarter, but also various estimates of the rate of economic growth in 2021. These rates differ significantly according to the forecasting institution, i.e. the month in which the specific forecast is made. . The recovery is certain, however, still in the form of creeping economic growth of two to three percent per year.
“Fateful elections” in Serbia?
Election observation missions at national and local level have been at the centre of the activities of the independent Centre for Research, Transparency and Accountability (CRTA) for several years. The focus is not only on the day of the election itself. Months beforehand, the Centre observes and analyses whether democratic standards are in place and whether political competitors are being treated fairly and given sufficient coverage and mention in the media...
Smart City Festival 2021 - SMART RESTART
Although the pandemic keeps the world in turmoil, the Smart City Festival (SCF) traditionally happens in October, celebrating knowledge, freedom, and progress. Unfortunately, the opportunity of living normally is still a distant reality for people across the world, but this still couldn’t stop the Friedrich Naumann Foundation Western Balkans and its partners once again bringing international experts from business, science, and politics as well as regional stakeholde
Local elections in Kosovo
On 17 October 2021, Kosovo organised its fourth local elections since its declaration of independence on 17 February 2008.
In the first round on 17 October, there was no majority for any candidate in twenty-one of Kosovo’s thirty-eight municipalities, resulting in a run-off on Sunday, 14 November 2021.
Political consultants know that good strategies are an important factor for political success. A current handbook explains clearly and systematically which steps and methods are necessary and must be observed here. It was written by two people who both know what they are talking about.
"Evil is evil and we should say that it is evil"
As a long-time prominent member of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and the NGO Regional, Đorđo Žujović has worked countless times on joint projects with the Friedrich Naumann Foundation. He became a member of the Social Democratic Party of Serbia this year, and we had this short conversation with him because of an act of the civic courage which he has demonstrate numerous times before.
The Vučić System
Following the analysis of the protest movements in Serbia in recent years, another analysis of political developments in Serbia is now available from Serbia's former ambassador to Indonesia, Jovan Jovanović.
The focus is on the development of democracy and the rule of law. What the author presents in detail about the "Vučić System" and backs up with numerous sources is as illuminating as it is sobering.