The first six episodes of the fifth season of Okruzenje, CDRSEE’s current affairs talk show, were shot at the beginning of June in Belgrade. More than twenty eminent experts from different fields discussed issues of common interest for the region. The topics of the first six episodes were: “Is terrorism a threat to the Balkans and how to fight against it”, “Bilateral disputes”, “(Dis) trust towards neighbors”, “Why there are fewer and fewer of us (white plague)”, “Debt slavery (over-indebtedness of countries and citizens)” and “Tabloidization of public life”.
Another tumultuous year is almost behind us, and while we at the CDRSEE can be proud of our own achievements, we share concerns for those who were forced to leave their homeland – who were left with no choice. Unfortunately, we live in a world where choice is sometimes not an option, where we can't even push for an alternative. The largest migration of people since World War II or maybe in the entire history of Europe, counting nearly a million people who are still risking their lives in order to have a better life!
It is not by accident that the second Western Balkans Summit of the Berlin Process (this year held in Vienna) highlighted the importance of Civil Society. With the exception of Slovenia and Croatia, which are both EU members, all other countries are queuing up in EU’s courtyard. Democratic processes, unemployment, regional cooperation, freedom of speech and media freedom are only a few of umpteen areas that have to be improved and brought to the level that can guarantee genuine peace and the coveted EU membership.