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.
Serbia after the elections
The visit to Serbia, which took place from 3 – 6 May under the title ‘Serbia after the 2022 elections, was organised by the Southeast Europe Society (SOG) in cooperation with six German political foundations. Approximately 20 staff members for German MPs of different political persuasions had the opportunity to inform themselves comprehensively about the current political and social situation in talks with representatives from politics, culture and non-governmental
„The future of the Western Balkans lies in the European Union"
At the joint press conference last Wednesday, Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz underlined that the future of all countries in the Western Balkans lies in the European Union and that this also includes Kosovo, whose international recognition Germany supports.
Regular Economic Report - Q4
The fourth quarter of 2021 marks the beginning of one of the most challenging periods of Bosnia and Herzegovina's post-war economy. Citizens and businessmen directly feel all the negative effects of the current crisis, but also the lack of adequate economic policy among domestic decision-makers.
Media Strategy - follow up 2020-2025
In its most recent progress report, the European Commission has certified only "limited progress" by Serbia in the area of freedom of expression. But Serbia's journalistic professional associations are not even able to recognize this.
“Peace. Stability. Vucic.”
International pressure on Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic for his refusal to comply with sanctions on Russia has eased. For this reason, analysts and pollsters now believe that the war in Ukraine will ultimately benefit him more in the final spurt of the election campaign - presidential, parliamentary and local elections will be held in Belgrade and other cities and municipalities in Serbia on 3 April.
A currently rather rare picture: while millions of people around the world are condemning Putin’s brutal war in numerous demonstrations and expressing their solidarity with the Ukrainian people who are struggling for their lives, the illegal campaign has met with enthusiastic public approval in Belgrade.
Statement of the Management Board
Statement of the Board of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom on the Russian invasion of Ukraine: The Board of the FNF strongly condemns the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Russia's actions are an attack on the European security order. Russia alone is responsible for the human suffering. The Russian invasion of Ukraine will find a common response in solidarity with Ukraine.