EUtopia? Diversity in Changing Europe

Training Course

8-14 September 2018 | KOSOVO * UN RESOLUTION

If you are ready to dive deep in the meaning of diversity and use what you find to reshape the practices of youth work – then EUtopia is for you!

Have you ever heard that diversity is necessary for a peaceful prosperous society? Has somebody said it has gone too far? Or that diversity is impossible and unnecessary? Have you ever wondered if maybe that is true? When everything seems to be changing so fast, and often what feels like for the worse, how do you work with young people to make sense of it all? Read more

Presentation of the study

Presentation of the study: “The Process of reconciliation in the Western Balkans and in Turkey: Quality study”, Kosovo.

This quality study was held in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Albania and turkey under the Divided Past- Joint Future project. The project made together 18 civil society organisations in the region, including the lance organisation from Kosovo, which is the carrier of implementation in Kosovo. Read more

Women Initiative

When a group of 22 women members of parliament, journalists, university professors and leading civil society activists from Belgrade and Pristina met for the first time in Budva, Montenegro, to talk politics in an informal setting, the dialogue was stilted and the atmosphere uneasy. Observing their faces at the time, one would notice traces of skepticism and caution, but also curiosity and a readiness to meet “the other side”. Read more

Freedoms Have To Be Won

Aleksandar Reljić is a journalist and the editor of the documentary program of Radio televizija Vojvodina. His short length documentary “Kosovo Nazdravlje! Gëzuar!” gathers the representatives of the “sides at war” on Kosovo, asking the question whether shared life among Serbs and Albanians is possible. “I would probably never have gotten into journalism if it hadn’t been for the wars on Ex-Yugoslavian territory, and if that hadn’t been a frustration that had to be channeled in some way – otherwise I would have burst. And I was bursting. The only remedy and true therapy was when I took on this job that allowed me to channel frustration”, Aleksandar explains. “I never thought I could change the world, I never had that sort of illusion”, but at least I shattered my own prejudice and helped base the opinion that, in reality, regular people don’t hate. Regular people live their lives, and they’re only (and exclusively) victims of propaganda”. Read more

Peace as antidote for bad governance

Conflict is the business of Balkans leaders – and business is good!
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One brief look at the situation in most countries of south-eastern Europe is enough to notice the painful similarities. Corruption, poor regard for rule of law, media serving interest of politics and shady economies. As if this weren’t enough, people continue to live with a feeling of imminent conflict despite over 15 years passed since last bullets were fired.  Take any of the countries; Albania, Bosnia-Hercegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro or Serbia, and you won’t find any real democracy there. Even if they come to power through an (often debatable) election, the ruling elites then engage in any sort of activity, legal or illegal, just to maintain power. And if the everyday speculations, manipulations and various trickeries don’t do the job, they can and they will resort to the good old fashioned warmongering and blaming ‘bad neighbors’ any time they face a bit more serious threat. Read more