Perspectives Southeastern Europe - "Stabilocracy" and/or radicalisation


"Stabilocracy" and/or radicalisation
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There is a grotesque reversal of the paradigm of law and order. Neither laws nor international standards determine what is rightful, but criminal power cartels, which show close overlapping with the dominant parties. As a consequence, thereof, personal and human rights are largely undermined, the individual barely stands a chance in those structures outside the legal jurisdiction to assert his/her rights. The EU, has not been able to contain those destructive forces and to emphatically campaign for its agenda – democracy, liberality, diversity.

With its trepidation, which the EU displayed already during the Bosnian War, the EU now fails anew to defend European values in the Balkans. This however increasingly also endangers the EU in its very foundations: raging destructing ideologies, which have forged ahead during the 1990ies, now bounce back into the EU and endanger the cohesion inside the Union.

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November 2019
Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung Office Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia, Albania)
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  • never-ending transition, Srđan Dvornik
  • radicalisations. creating wars, for now without weapons, Marion Kraske

suffocated by stability

  • populism as business as (un)usual, Zlatiborka Popov Momčinović
  • features of competitive authoritarian rule in the western Balkans, Florian Bieber
  • illiberal tendencies in Croatia after Trump and Brexit, Dario Čepo
  • the hidden radicalism of the ruling ideologies, Nerzuk Ćurak

radicalisation against external ‘others’

  • between the humanitarian and the securitized approach to the refugee crisis in Croatia: is there an alternative
    to policies grounded in populism?, Viktor Koska
  • a Croatian story: “an extraordinary EU Member” at the price of human rights, Boris Pavelić

perpetuating past wars

  • unrealised in the wars of the ‘90s, the idea of an all-Serb state is maintained by other means in peace, Latinka Perović
  • revisionism in Croatia 1989-2019, Ivo Goldstein
  • the different faces of fascism, Erich Rathfelder

radicalisation and maintenance of power

  • the ‘stability’ of Albanian democracy without rule of law: political polarization, captured institutions and periodical crisis, Arolda Elbasani
  • ‘fool’s gold’: the Macedonian journey from stabilitocracy to radicalization and back, Biljana Vankovska
  • Europe’s longest-standing leader survives with Western support, while oppressively ruling the country, Milka Tadić
  • stabilitocracy and political stability – a view from Serbia, Vladimir Veljković
  • non-implementation of ECtHR and BH Constitutional Court decisions in the rule of law and policy context, Dženana Karup Druško

civil society vs establishment

  • another view – in the eye of the political storm. stabilo-radical rhapsody in Montenegro, Damir Nikočević, Daliborka Uljarević
  • on the margins of political discourse, Gresa Hasa
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