The success of the energy transition in the Western Balkans and Ukraine is a question of political will in those countries. But the EU can help set up the conditions for a successful modernization, writes Robert Sperfeld.
Brazil has fallen, who will be next? Authoritarian populism is rattling the Western World, whose liberalism had hitherto appeared unassailable. Michael Zürn, one of the directors of the Berlin Social Science Center, held a lecture in Belgrade on the reasons behind the success of the new Right. Here is an interview with him for NIN Weekly, published on November 8 2018, by Marko Lovric.
In cooperation with the Heinrich Boell Foundation, Vreme Weekly publishes a series of articles entitled Political Climate dedicated to the issue of climate change in Serbia. The series attempts to examin Serbia's cilmate policies in the light of EU integration and the Paris Agreement.
Compared to COP21 where the EU had a decisive bridge-building role between developed and developing countries in leading a strong climate coalition, in Marrakesh Europe appeared silent and divided. Despite the urgency for concrete and immediate actions to bend the curve and win the race against the clock, the negotiations in Marrakesh seemed to be moving in a parallel universe.
By Radostina Primova, Oksana Aliyeva, Damjan Rehm Bogunović
Copying another country’s economic model is like shooting at a moving target, especially in the EU, where aid to smaller countries always entails political and economic control. What is special about the Balkans is that small interest groups have survived throughout history, which makes the region fertile ground for clientelism.