Extractive Institutions in the Western Balkans – European Fund for the Balkans Paper Series

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Recent Freedom House indicators show alarming signs concerning the state of democracy in all Western Balkans countries: Albania, Bosnia, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia. Media freedoms show a marked decline in countries like Macedonia and Serbia, and a daunting absence of progress in countries like Montenegro, Bosnia and Hercegovina, and Albania. Other indicators, which relate to electoral process and the rule of law, are also either in decline or do not seem to improve over a significant period of time. For example, the electoral process worsened in Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia in 2015-2016, and remained unchanged in Bosnia and Albania. According to the FH corruption index, corruption seems to be on the rise in every Western Balkan country. After a promising start in the new millennium, some of these countries seem either to have stumbled, or slowed down at best. What happened with these countries? Why did the democratic process get stuck or worsen? Read the full report here.

Source: European Fund for the Balkans

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