The Greek crisis: a chance for political union of the Eurozone?

The Greek crisis cannot yet be considered over. In order to understand how Europe, having narrowly avoided the tragedy of a negative outcome to the Greek crisis, can get started again, the first thing to establish is who have been the winners and losers in this bitter struggle; second, it is necessary to analyse the origin of the contradictory behaviour of the current intergovernmental system, in order to try and clarify the unresolved problems that need to be addressed in order to finally start the process of creating political union in Europe. Read full article at: http://bit.ly/1PqKdA5 [THE FEDERALIST a political review, Year LVII, 2015, Single Issue, Page 3].…

The Urban Future Global Conference

Graz, March 2-3, 2016 – The URBAN FUTURE is Central Europe’s biggest conference for sustainable cities. Over the course of two days, international and domestic experts as well as specialists from 280 cities of all sizes exchanged views on best practices and projects that have already been implemented and make cities more sustainable. No marketing blah blah, just concrete content on what works and what doesn‘t. You can see the Conference program at http://www.urbanfuture.at/en/program/ and the Conference video is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0AVTw_9uMaY

Predictors of internalised HIV-related stigma in sub-Saharan Africa

Oxford, January 2016 – Marija Pantelic published a co-authored article on predictors of internalised HIV-related stigma in sub-Saharan Africa. For details see: Pantelic, M, Shenderovich, Y, Cluver, L & Boyes, M (2015) “Predictors of internalised HIV-related stigma: a systematic review of studies in sub-Saharan Africa”, Health Psychology Review.

doi: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17437199.2014.996243

Stagnation and Drift in the Western Balkans

cover_bookBelgrade, Fribourg, March 2014 – The book “Stagnation and Drift in the Western Balkans: The Challenges of Political, Economic and Social Change”, edited by Claire Gordon, Marko Kmezic, and Jasmina Opardija, allows a new generation of scholars, from the Balkans and beyond, to shed light on some of the struggles the region faces. The combination of post-communist and post-conflict transition, together with the current economic and financial crisis, pose difficult challenges for the Western Balkans.

What is the state of democracy in the region? Are the countries of the Western Balkans stuck somewhere between authoritarianism and genuine democracy? What are the remaining obstacles to state building?…

The Book “Women on Corporate Boards”

women_on_boardsBelgrade, June 2013 – EURAK researcher Prof. Dr. Katarina Djulic with co-author Tanja Kuzman, MSc, published a book “Women on Corporate Boards in Bosnia and Herzegovina, FYR Macedonia and Serbia”.

In January 2013, International Finance Corporation (IFC) launched a research project entitled Women on Corporate Boards in Bosnia and Herzegovina, FYR Macedonia and Serbia. The purpose of the project was to gather information on the representation of women on corporate boards and to learn about the determinants of female board membership in these countries.

The book gives answers to the questions  such as which skills and knowledge do women need to possess to become a member of a board, do women’s decision-making and leadership styles differ from those of their male counterparts, or are there are any impediments for women aspiring to board membership.…

Conference “Europeanization by the Rule of Law”

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Ohrid, Macedonia

Ohrid, FYRO Macedonia, September 2013 – The conference will be organized by the Skopje Societas Civilis Institute for Democracy, together with individual researchers from Serbia, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Montenegro, as part of the RRPP project “Europeanization by Rule of Law: Implementation in the western Balkans”. The goal of the conference is to present findings of the research project in order to fine tune results prior to their publishing in the near future.

Over the past 20 years, the Western Balkans (WB) has struggled to meet EU accession requirements (EU) and strengthen the rule of law. In line with previous “Europeanization”, this phenomenon should be perceived as a politically led process.…

Study of the Judicial Academy in Serbia in the Context of the EU Accession Process

lady-justice-statueBelgrade, April 2013 – EURAK began work on a research project which focuses on the reform of the judiciary in Serbia, with the special investigative focus on the newly established Judicial Academy.

The processes of democratic and socio-economic consolidation and the accession to the European Union (EU) in South-eastern Europe (SEE) have been fraught with difficulties. Recent “Enlargement Strategy and Main Challenges 2011-2012” (COM(2011)666, Brussels, 12.10.2011) spelled out “increased focus on strengthening the rule of law” by stating that “Strengthening the rule of law has been identified as a continuing major challenge and a crucial condition for countries moving towards EU membership …” (p.…

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