Is Democracy in Crisis? Experts from Greece and Bulgaria discuss

From 16 to 18 October, 2018 the 1st Bulgarian-Greek Talks, organised under the auspices of the Public Policy Institute and the Hanns Seidel Foundation, in collaboration with the CDRSEE, the CIEEL and the Institute for Balkan Studies in Thessaloniki, took place in the city of Sandanski, Bulgaria. Twenty policy experts, academicians and researchers from Greece and Bulgaria came to discuss aspects of the problems and challenges faced by democracy nowadays. Professor Dr. Zdravko Popov, Director of the Public Policy Institute, Mr.


Whenever there is a gap between what people need and what people believe a government can or should provide – there is ‘Civil society’. It is a general and seemingly very vague term which shouldn’t simply be a negative notion about how to bridge perceived failings of institutions. Rather, it should be part of a vibrant democratic system.  Regardless of the fact that we all define it differently, the need for a strong civil society – that is, an active cooperation of organisations, media and citizens working together with local offices, schools and institutions-has never been greater. 

RETHINK partners meet in the Hague

Hosted by Euroclio, the 2nd RETHINK Consortium Meeting and Pedagogical Experts Meeting took place in the Hague, Netherlands from 15 to 16 September 2018. Following the successful conclusion of the project’s first phase that included the identification and collection of good practices in remembrance education, as well as the creation of an online database where institutions and educators from across Europe can access these innovative practices, Consortium partners came together to review the results of the first work package and design the array of activities of the project’s next phase.

Skopje hosts ePACT workshops

The 10th and 11th Seminars of the ‘Teaching for Learning’ series, organised within the framework of ePACT (Education, Partnership for Advocacy, Capacity-Building  and Transformation) were successfully completed in Skopje.

The first pilot seminar that gathered school directors, curriculum developers and members of educational institutions from across the country took place on 10-11 September and the second one designed for primary and secondary education teachers from various disciplines took place on 12-13 September 2018.

Stable interethnic relations remain the anchor of regional reconciliation

It’s been almost 30 years since the wars of the 90ies in former Yugoslavia, but reconciliation between the Balkan peoples still hasn’t taken place. The ‘peace’ is simply an end of outright conflict and a division of lands and systems, rather than a resolution of the problems that caused it in the first place.  The weight of history and the prejudices that the views of history creates, as well as, mistrust among nations and ethnic groups remain intact. How is it that the interethnic relations were a good example of coexistence a century ago, but have caused so many rifts in modern history?

Examining aspirations and perceptions across the Western Balkans: CDRSEE at the 2018 Balkan Barometer launch

On 6 July 2018, on the occasion of the launch of the 4th edition of the Balkan Barometer in Brussels, the CDRSEE joined representatives of the European Union (EU), governments, civil society, academia and regional media in a comprehensive discussion over the main findings of a survey, based on the latest examination of attitudes, experiences, aspirations, perceptions and expectations across the six economies of the SEE 2020 process.