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Prime Ministers of Albania and Serbia look to future on Okruzenje
PMs Edi Rama and Aleksandar Vučić came together for the first time in a TV studio as guests of the CDRSEE's "Okruzenje".
JHP Source Committee moves forward on critical new JHP volumes
The Joint History Project's Source Committee made serious progress on the new JHP workbooks...
ACT highlights "extraordiniary success" of Okruzenje
The Association of Commercial Television in Europe praised the CDRSEE's regional current affairs talk show "Okruzenje" ("Vicinities")...
Vicinities Europe offered on the website of the European Association of Regional Television (CIRCOM)
"Uniting Differences" finds improvement in Roma education, but more needed
While access to pre-school education for Roma children in Medjimurje has been visiblly improving in the past decade...
The Economist: JHP helps teachers gain "a broader perspective"
The international news magazine has recognised the importance of the CDRSEE and our work.
Education in Southeast Europe: Needs and Challenges from many perspectives. A production of CDRSEE.
Highlights from the special edition of Okruzenje (with English subtitles) with the Prime Ministers of Albania and Serbia and the General Secretary of the RCC. For the whole show click here.

Upcoming events:

"Netucate" launch event
18-19 February 2016, The Hague – CDRSEE / EUROCLIO will host a meeting and kick-off event for their new joint initiative “Netucate”- a three year project on educational reform in SEE.

Regional History Teacher Conference -- REGISTRATION OPEN
26-28 February 2016, Podgorica, Montenegro - A total of 50 teachers from SEE will come together for this Regional History Teacher Conference, to learn about JHP Phase II and have the opportunity to exchange their teaching experiences. Interested teachers are invited to send a request via our Contact Us form.

Who we are

The Center for Democracy and Reconciliation in Southeast Europe is a non-governmental, non-profit organisation that seeks to foster democratic, pluralist, and peaceful societies in Southeast Europe. We advocate principles of social responsibility, sustainable development, and reconciliation among the peoples in the region. We accomplish these goals via seminars, publications, conferences, research projects, exchange programmes, and opinion polls.

A few words from CDRSEE Executive Director Zvezdana Kovač

January 2016

Fatigue vs Self-sacrifice

In my daily "watching the news" routine, two headlines recently caught my attention. One was "Hospitality Fatigue", and the other, "Empathy and self-sacrifice for Nobel Peace Prize", both referring to the refugee crisis in Europe. Where there is fatigue, there is no true hospitality, one might think at first glance. The headline, which was a bit disturbing to me, is, however, a red flag that something has to be done, as after receiving first aid, the million people who lost or left their homes need another type of help. Hospitality must be provided.

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Station Networking meeting of the Editors in chief and TV partners of "Okruzenje"


Thessaloniki, 29 January 2016 – The Center for Democracy and Reconciliation in Southeast Europe and the European Fund for the Balkans organised the Station Networking meeting of the Editors in chief and TV partners of the current affairs talk show "Okruzenje".

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24th Board Meeting and traditional pita cutting


Thessaloniki, 24 January 2016 - The 24th meeting of the Board of Directors of the Center for Democracy and Reconciliation convened in Thessaloniki this weekend, to discuss the migrant and refugee crisis and what the Center can do to help with integration of the refugees.

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REGIONAL COOPERATION DAY: "End of a tough year, what will 2016 be like?"


Sarajevo, 17-19 December 2015 -- The Regional Cooperation Council organised a constructive meeting for representatives of Civil Society as well a workshop for journalists of the region, looking ahead to the new year, and CDRSEE’s Michaela Zervidou was there to present the Center's current projects as well as ideas for 2016.

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CDRSEE, European Academy Berlin, present seminar for Greek journalists


Athens, 7-8 December 2015, -- The European Academy Berlin (Europäische Akademie Berlin) in cooperation with the CDRSEE presented in Athens a seminar for Greek journalists, with German and Greek politicians, researchers and academia discussing the European monetary crisis, the refugee issue as well what Greece expects from Germany and the role of both countries in Europe.

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23rd Meeting of Board of Directors convened in Thessaloniki


Thessaloniki, November 25th 2015 -- The CDRSEE Board of Directors convened in Thessaloniki this weekend, welcoming its new members while reviewing the successes of the year and looking ahead to implementation of new projects and plans for the next steps for the current flagship ones.

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Memory, Myth and a Human Narrative: the Role of History in the Reunification of Cyprus


We all know, from experiences with loved ones and with friends, that if memory is lost, personhood is tragically impaired. It is even worse with peoples: without a shared memory they cannot recognise themselves, let alone be recognised, as a distinctive people. Read more from CDRSEE Board Member and Rapporteur of the JHP, Mr. Costa Carras, in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut.

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