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Dialogue and re-examination versus dissent and division

Transcript of speech given upon reception of the jury award in the ‘Media Initiative of the Year’ category at the European Citizenship Awards 2016 ceremony in London on 12 September 2016

Okruzenje is a joint initiative of the CDRSEE and European Fund for the Balkans (EFB), financially supported by the German Foreign Ministry. We are grateful for their support as it enables us to implement the idea of gathering TV channels from the entire Western Balkans (the countries of ex-Yugoslavia and Albania) around a political TV show. Eight countries from the region exchange a news programme, for the first time ever after the wars of the 90s!

Fortune favors the bold: Okruzenje/Vicinities is honored in London

Out of more than 100 applicants, Okruzenje/Vicinities receives the jury award in the ‘Media Initiative of the Year’ category at the European Citizenship Awards 2016 ceremony in London’s City Hall for its achievement in gathering citizens from across the Balkans in a manner which gives substance to European values and improves the lives of communities in terms of participation, democracy, rights and social justice.

JHP travels to the land of the Rising Sun

In connection to the upcoming translation and publication of the two new volumes of the Joint History Project in Japanese, Professor Nobuhiro Shiba from the University of Tokyo visited the Joint History Project Series’ Editor Professor Christina Koulouri and her colleagues Assistant Professor Vagelis Karamanolakis and Dr Philip Carabott in Athens. This was the first in a series of two meetings, the second of which will be held in Tokyo with Professor Koulouri to finalize the publication in November.

JHP in Sarajevo's bazaar

In a Sarajevo bazaar setting on August 30th, it was not goods being exchanged, but ideas.

The traditional meeting place for buying and selling turned into a bazaar for discussion, sharing thoughts and presenting projects, organised by the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung’s (FES) Coordination Meeting, Southeast Europe.

Okruzenje amongst the best!

Okruzenje honoured at a European level.

Recognising the value, commitment and innovative effectiveness of Okruzenje’s work, the European Citizenship Awards 2016, honoured the initiative with a special mention in the ‘Media’ category.

The Awards celebrate the democratic and civic engagement of individuals and organisations which give substance to European values and improve the lives of communities in terms of participation, democracy, rights and social justice.

POPULISM AS A CHALLENGE

July 2016

After the UK referendum and the initial reaction and analysis, two words began surfacing in the media coverage: youth and populism. And, like the old idiom on divorce goes, which applies to this situation as well, a good divorce is always better than a bad marriage, especially if children are involved. Yet, more than 60% of young people in UK voted to stay in the EU, and they are children of this obviously bad marriage. I am especially touched by their pain and tears. For their good, no one should celebrate and exult, as like we said, a good divorce is more than desired. The EU and the UK should help each other to survive and develop; there should be no blackmail, no bitterness, no revenge.

The Western Balkans: Hijacked Democracies or Future EU Members?

“The future of the Western Balkan countries’ accession to the EU will depend on how the latter will cope with challenges such as the refugee crisis and BREXIT”. “The inevitable changes that the digital technology and the social media have brought  to the modern  world have been quite beneficial but carry a lot of dangers too”.