Democratic backsliding in the Western Balkans: what role for the EU?

Bogdan Urošević

05. July 2017

Democratic backsliding in the Western Balkans: what role for the EU?

German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) organized a panel discussion on the state of affairs in the Western Balkans Countries and the position of the EU as an actor in the context of recent democratic backsliding in these countries. The event took place in Berlin on June 30, under the name of DGAP Brussels Briefing “Democratic Backsliding in the Western Balkans – What Role for the EU?”, and it saw participation of different relevant policy and opinion makers from both the EU and Western Balkans countries. Namely, the speakers of the panel were: Michael Kartnitschnig, Head of Cabinet of Commissioner Hahn, European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, European Commission; Dr Christian Hellbach, Special Envoy for South-Eastern Europe, Turkey, and the EFTA States, Federal Foreign Office; Magdalena Lembovska, Research Fellow, Analytica, Macedonia; and Bogdan Urošević, Program Coordinator, Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence, Serbia with moderation provided by DGAP’s Sarah Wohlfeld.

Bogdan, who took part in DGAP’s prestigious TRAIN program last year, was in Berlin attending the now traditional alumni event, bringing together some of the brightest young researchers and policy analysts representing Western Balkans’ vibrant think-tank community.