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The new EU accession methodology. Is it enough to pull the Western Balkans in?

In times when the European Union is struggling to grow stronger from the crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, its efforts in the area of enlargement are seemingly put on hold. For some time already, the Council remains frozen...

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IDSCS and Stanford University organised a lecture titled “American Democracy: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly”

On 29 April 2021, the Institute for Democracy in partnership with Stanford University organised a lecture on the topic of  “American Democracy: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly”, taught by Professor Kent Weaver. The event was organised for...

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Citizens’ information about the work of the Assembly of the Republic of North Macedonia

The source of legitimacy of MPs to hold sessions and take action and decisions in the Assembly derives from the citizens. The representative function entails MPs’ obligations to ensure transparency and inclusiveness in their work for the general public,...

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Polish-German Reconciliation: Lessons for the Western Balkans

Seventy-five years after World War II most outsiders might think that the goal of full reconciliation between Poland and Germany has been achieved. After all, both countries are members of the European Union and NATO. Once contested border between...

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IDSCS and Stanford University organised the first LAD Balkan Alumni reunion event

On 9 April 2021, the Institute for Democracy in partnership with Stanford University organised a case study lecture on the topic of “Qualms with Quayside: Public Engagement in the Toronto Smart City Project” for LAD Balkan Alumni. The case...

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Policy study on crisis management

The crisis management system is organized and implemented for prevention, early warning and dealing with crises that pose a risk to the well-being, health and life of people and animals. Those crises are caused by natural disasters and epidemics...

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Strengthening Oversight of Intelligence in Albania, Kosovo, and North Macedonia

Establishing democratic oversight of the intelligence community in developing democracies such as Albania, Kosovo, and North Macedonia is highly challenging, yet of vital importance. In any given state, intelligence services tend to have unparalleled powers to collect, analyse, disseminate,...

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Combating corruption during a pandemic: reduced efforts and stagnation

The fight against corruption must continue in times of crisis. Dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic has shown that reduced anticorruption efforts contribute to even deeper crisis and prevent effective response from the institutions. Stagnation in the rule of law...

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Europol and Differentiated Integration

Europol has become a hub for differentiated integration. Initially a small anti-drugs unit, the EU’s police agency is now a fully-fledged body where law enforcement agencies from all around the world work together. Seen through the organisational dimension of...

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What is the cost and what should be the cost of the fight against corruption?

The fight against corruption is not free of charge. As a multidimensional issue, the fight against corruption requires political, institutional and material resources that would reflect the declarative efforts and contribute to visible results. Even a potential political consensus...