Civil society strength in Slovenia

Slovenia declared its independence from the former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia on 25 June 1991. Looking at the history of the Slovenian civil society, as asserted by Rakar et.al (2011), Slovenia has a long and extensive tradition of people’s interest associations and self-organisation. In the period of an undeveloped welfare state until the end…

Summary of Samuel Huntington’s Clash of Civilizations

A controversial theory that people’s cultural and religious identities will be the primary source of conflict in the post-Cold War world. Huntington later expanded his thesis in a 1996 book The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order. The theory gained widespread attention after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Huntington believed that…

Cross-Border Cooperation : Bulgaria and Greece under the Interreg programme.

One of the most known and effective initiative for enhancing cooperation among EU member states, promoted by the European Union, is the INTERREG programme, officially known as the European Territorial Cooperation programme (ETC) . Given that more than 37,5% of the EU population lives in border areas, along some 38 internal borders made up of…

History of Civil Society in Croatia

Croatia declared its independence from the former Yugoslavia in 1991. But unlike Slovenia, Croatia was the subject of a bloody civil war that lasted for four years before finally ending in December 1995 with the signing of the Dayton Peace Agreement[1] (Gaetas, 1996). The combination of a war torn history, the autocratic regime of nationalist…

Summary of Francis Fukuyama’s ‘End of History?’ (1989)

“The End of History?” concerns the rise and fall of major ideologies such as absolutism, fascism and communism, and suggests that human history should be viewed in terms of a battle of ideologies which has reached its end in the universalization of Western liberal democracy. He argues that although its realization is still in process…

Arguments in support of EU accession for Western Balkans

EU accession happens to be a topic of high interest especially to countries of the western Balkans. This article attempts to gather and inculcate arguments by notable scholars. Balfour and Stratulat (2015) have presented 3 arguments in support of EU accession for the Western Balkans which circle around enlargement as a means of improvement and…

EU enlargement towards South Eastern Europe vs Black Sea Area

South Eastern Europe or otherwise known as the Balkans are seen in the European political arena as a region full of instability and transition, far away from a real proud face of the continent, and as a piece of land that is neither Europe nor is it outside Europe. As such, in recognition of the historical…

The myth of Turkish accession to the European Union

Turkey acceding to the European Union has always been a question over the last decade at the very least. However, the relationship shared between the two dates back to 1963 where the country signed the Ankara Agreement with the predecessor of the European Union, the European Economic Committee. The Ankara Agreement sought to integrate Turkey into…

The energy “arena” in Southeastern Mediterranean

In 2010 the US Geological Institute released a report on energy reserves in the Eastern Mediterranean and the discovery of gas fields in Israeli, Cypriot and Egyptian waters. The survey estimated that the maritime areas of the Republic of Cyprus (RoC), Gaza, Israel, Lebanon and Syria contained 3420 billion cubic meters (bcm) of recoverable gas….