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Helsinki Charter No. 177-178

July - August 2013




By Sonja Biserko

More than twenty years since Yugoslavia’s breakup the states emerging from it have not yet consolidated into sustainable communities capable of managing their still multiethnic populations. Getting transformed into nation states they have not yet found modes that would guarantee stability and coexistence. Their search for national identities resulted in the conflict that has been changing its form but practically never came to an end. The fall of the Ottoman and Austro-
Hungarian empires triggered off the process of nation-state building in the Balkans. The...   More >>>


On the Eve of Local
Elections in Kosovo


By Ivan Torov

 As it seemed in the first
half of August, Belgrade authorities were going to seize a “perfect opportunity” offered by Prishtina and postpone the November local elections in Kosovo
till, say, next spring when the ruling SNS-SPS coalition, by its own calculation, would cope
with the /un/expected outcome of the Brussels Agreement without risking too much its image and ratings. Prishtina’s announcement that the ballots for the November 3 vote would bear some emblems of “the state of Kosovo” raised at least a short-live hue and cry
among...   More >>>


Politics and Economy


By Vladimir Gligorov

Characteristic of Serbia for a longer period, and certainly since the
beginning of Yugoslavia’s breakup were two different policies: one, generally speaking, was democratic though not necessarily secular and the other nationalistic. The basic difference between the two was in their goals – one
was after a nation state while the other used democratic means to attain its goals. Serbia still pursues two different policies but the balance of power between them changed: democratic strategy now prevails. Stable democratization, however, depends on future relations...   More >>>


The Rule of the Fan Clubs-
Political Mafia


By Bojan Tončić

It’s hard to believe that highest officials’ infantile devotion to their favorite clubs in the only reason
why these ball-playing firms are so privileged over here. Even if the hookup between high governmental officials and the masked crime of football clubs cannot be proved beyond doubt, everyone is witness to their brutal assaults at the state budget, their murky plans for freeing robbers from tax paying, the Premier and the Vice-Premier doing what they shouldn’t be doing and what they are not paid for. Everyone sees them
boasting...   More >>>


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