The European Commission's annual Progress Reports serve as a major instrument and guide to European Union enlargement policy. DPC has endeavored to assess the content of the EC Progress Reports on Serbia since 2012 to determine how the reports reflect the ground reality and actual adherence to EU commitments and values. As the authors expected, the reports have systematically downplayed negative developments in key reform areas – including democracy, rule of law, media, foreign policy, and Kosovo – in this period…
Analyzing the EC Serbia Progress Reports – Useful tool or tactical whitewash?23 June 2015 • full article
DPC co-founder Kurt Bassuener asks "why the international rush on government formation?"06 November 2014 •International officials have been calling for BiH political parties to rapidly form governments and commit to reforms. Kurt Bassuener questions this approach in a November 4 article published by Balkan Insight. full article
DPC Senior Associate Kurt Bassuener writes on BiH elections and international posture for Balkan Insight10 October 2014 •
In his article "West Won't Strike Gold in Bosnian Election," Senior Associate Kurt Bassuener writes that the West would better concentrate on developing a new, reality-based strategy in BiH, rather than hoping that the BiH electorate will deliver them a better hand and allow them to continue their current failed approach. full article
DPC Russia paper attracts wide public attention06 October 2014 • full article
DPC Associate Valery Perry’s letter published by New York Times06 October 2014 • full article
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Thoughts on Corruption in FIFA and BiH: Structures and Incentives Matter "DPC Senior Associate Valery Perry blogs on the parallels between the lack of transparency and accountability which plague both FIFA and Bosnia and Herzegovina - with rational actors availing themselves of perverse incentives."
Open Letter to New Head of EUD to BiH/EUSR in BiH Lars-Gunnar Wigemark
22 April 2015 by DPC
In an open letter to Lars-Gunnar Wigemark the Democratization Policy Council offers a set of twelve top priorities for the new Head of EU Delegation to BiH/ EU Special Representative in BiH's first twelve months in office.
Why Not an EU Army? – Instead of Dismissing Juncker’s Proposal, EU Members Should Develop It into a Useful Policy Tool
By Toby Vogel and Kurt Bassuener
DPC Senior Associate Bodo Weber’s reply to Gerald Knaus, ESI Last November DPC published the policy note Legal Misunderstandings, False normative Hopes and the Ignorance of Political Reality. A Commentary on the recent ESI Report "Lost in the Bosnian Labyrinth”
How Bosnia’s Protest Movement Can Become Truly Transformative Popular plenums continue to assemble and refine their demands and popular protests continue. I and other observers came away the most recent Sarajevo plenum on Friday night, February 21st, impressed by the organization, the management, and the general disposition of the wide range of citizens attending. Following a brief recapitulation of the rules for the plenum, representatives of other such plenums – Konjic, Fojnica, and Mostar – spoke and appealed for solidarity.
Sideshow Štefan and Mendacious Seven It’s hard to imagine how much more tone-deaf European Enlargement Commissioner Štefan Füle could be. A week and a half after protests which took place throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina against the BiH political elites across the board, especially concentrated in the Federation, he came to Sarajevo to .... again meet with those same discredited elites. It was farcical and self-abasing in its last (unsuccessful) iteration in January. It is even more disgraceful and silly now.
Battle for Ukraine
DPC Senior Associate Iryna Chupryna in Kyiv, Ukraine: The new revolutionary Maidan on the central square of Kyiv looks like reincarnation of the Orange revolution nine years ago – the same place, almost the same time of year and the same determination of people stand until the end, until victory.