Between 1 – 24 November 2019, GlobalFocus Center, in cooperation with MEMO 98, monitored 102 public Facebook accounts of political parties, candidates, politicians, media, and other influential actors involved in the presidential election. Analysis observed 168 posts dedicated to disinformation in relation to the presidential elections by various accounts, especially by media and influencers.
Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the state of liberal democracy in the former communist bloc is “probably worse than we hoped but better than we feared”, thinks Thomas Carothers, interviewed in this issue of Eastern Focus. He looks at the good, the bad and the ugly of post-1989 transition and says that three decades later, we are still in an intermediate state.
As a new European Commission is in the making in Brussels, #EuropeOnward is a series of implementable policy proposals for the incoming EU leadership, providing new impetus for the Union’s strategic priorities.
Exactly thirty years ago, shortly before the fall of the Iron Curtain, the late president George H.W. Bush was urging German citizens and political leaders (including chancellor Helmut Kohl) gathered in Mainz, on May 31, to build a ‘Europe Whole and Free’.
Fast forward to mid-2019, when the new EU leadership takes office after elections to the European Parliament, and Europe is still neither whole, nor free. This issue of EasternFocus focuses on the Union’s ability to continue to nurture democracy and rule of law within its own borders and to help engender it in its neighbourhood.
A Study of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia
The second part of our ‘Propaganda Made to Measure’ project was developed by GlobalFocus Center under its Asymmetric Threats Programme as a continuation of its regional efforts to enhance awareness of malign interference and to offer policy-makers and other interested stakeholders an innovative, practical assessment instrument, which can be easily replicated and used proactively in the process of evidence-based resilience-building.
The publication on Risk and Resilience in the Western Balkans maps out vulnerabilities to malign interference in the region. A study funded by the Balkan Trust for Democracy of the German Marshall Fund.
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