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We will be publishing six weekly stories, from across the Western Balkans, with the aim to shed light on social, political and cultural realities, testifying to this moment in time.

Jovo Martinovic, Podgorica: How a marriage of interest failed

It is paradoxical that the Serbian Orthodox Church in Montenegro has managed what the civil sector, civic activists and the opposition have not in thirty years - created a critical mass for the first peaceful change of government in Montenegrin history. Jovo Martinović Few European countries, apart from Wojtyla and Wałęsa's Poland, have had this

2021-09-14T22:20:00+00:00September 14th, 2021|Vicinities chronicles|0 Comments

Ilir Kulla, Tirana: Distance and Respect

If the Western Balkans continue like this, we will provide assistance to the “Lebanonisation” of the region.  Ilir Kulla The Western Balkans States are in a very particular multi-faith reality. Due to the Ottoman Empire era, in the Western Balkans region, you find local religious communities which are a part of a multi-panorama. Local ethnic

2021-09-14T22:19:39+00:00September 14th, 2021|Vicinities chronicles|0 Comments

Jelena Jorgacevic, Belgrade: A secular country benefits everyone

It seems that the church hierarchy, embodied in somewhat younger bishops who understand how the world and society function today and led by the patriarch, knows what it wants - an escape from the political arena, support and cooperation with the authorities, but far from the Byzantine model of the symphony. However, given the relations

2021-09-14T22:19:15+00:00September 14th, 2021|Vicinities chronicles|0 Comments

Aleksandar Spasenovski, Skopje: Forced consensus

Unlike today's international standards, where due to the concept of separation of state and religious communities, the path of pluralism is open, in Orthodox countries there is a tendency for greater rapprochement (merging) of the state and the church government. Aleksandar Spasenovski The visit of the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to Ukraine, as well as the

2021-09-14T22:18:52+00:00September 14th, 2021|Vicinities chronicles|0 Comments

Drago Bojic, Sarajevo: Those in power hold the faith

After the disintegration of Yugoslavia, public display of religious affiliation became socially desirable, and the small minority who didn't subscribe to this type of identification were and still are considered national traitors and religious apostates. Drago Bojic Bosnia and Herzegovina is constitutionally and legally defined as a secular state with a separation of religion and

2021-09-14T22:18:28+00:00September 14th, 2021|Vicinities chronicles|0 Comments

Ferdi Kamberi, Prishtina: Relationships between state and religion – work in progress

Kosovo is a unique case which has three religious denominations and constitutionally is a secular state and neutral in the issue of religion. Ferdi Kamberi Kosovo is a unitary state with a parliamentary democracy. Kosovo is a unique case which has three religious denominations and constitutionally is a secular state and neutral in the issue

2021-09-14T22:18:07+00:00September 14th, 2021|Vicinities chronicles|0 Comments

Božena Jelusic, Budva: Patriarchy is more alive than ever

In our authoritarian and exclusive communities, intolerant of the Other and the Different, violence against women in politics is almost normalised. Unfortunately, women themselves participate in discrimination against women in politics, thus ensuring majority support for regimes that discriminate against them. Božena Jelusic  In recent Montenegrin history, the entry of women into political life was

2021-07-13T22:28:59+00:00July 13th, 2021|Vicinities chronicles|0 Comments

Jana Belcheva Andreevska, Skopje: We must not betray idealism

As female politicians, I believe we face challenges that hit us more emotionally and disturb us, sometimes shock us, and many times make us unconsciously withdraw in front of the aggression or the simplicity of some male “colleagues”, who certainly have no place in politics.  Jana Belcheva Andreevska  There are different views and stereotypes in

2021-07-16T06:41:28+00:00July 13th, 2021|Vicinities chronicles|0 Comments

Maja Sedlarevic, Belgrade: It’s complicated

If it were not for women, there would be no budget amendments related to gender budgeting, if there were no women, many important topics would not be discussed and the voice of some marginalized groups and individuals would remain silent.  Maja Sedlarevic  It is true that the more women there are in politics, the more

2021-07-13T22:28:24+00:00July 13th, 2021|Vicinities chronicles|0 Comments

Marija Radulovic, Prishtina: Tradition in the way of higher female representation

Although the problems we face are apparent, we have seen signs over the past few years which make us hopeful women will have the place they deserve in Kosovo's politics. Marija Radulovic For those of us who live and work in Kosovo, especially those of us who deal with human rights, law enforcement, administration, NGO

2021-07-13T22:28:05+00:00July 13th, 2021|Vicinities chronicles|0 Comments
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