30 November 2012
Stockholm – ESI at round table with politicians from the Western Balkans
View of the panel. Photo: ESI
View of the panel. Photo: ESI

ESI's Kristof Bender attended a round-table conference on the EU crisis and its impact on South East Europe organised by the Swedish Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation. The event took place from 29 November to 1 December in Nynäshamn, south of Stockholm, and brought together politicians from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Serbia and Sweden. 

Besides the question of the impact of the Euro crisis, the debates addressed concrete obstacles for the countries of the Western Balkans to move ahead on their way towards EU membership and how they can be overcome, including ESI's proposal to overcome the Greek-Macedonian name dispute. Another focus were current (and looming) border disputes between successor states of the former Yugoslavia, an issue whose importance will also be stressed in a forthcoming ESI report on the Slovenian-Croatian border dispute.

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Alan Grant is an Irish photographer who travelled extensively in the Balkans and other countries and regions of the world. Thanks to him, ESI is able to show fascinating pictures of the Balkans: the facades of Tirana, the painted mosques of Travnik, the fabulous old houses of Plovdiv and the spectacular blue of water - dark in the Bay of Kotor, emerald in the river valleys of Bosnia, deep blue in Ohrid, twinkling in the Aegean Sea and on the Bosporus.

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Jonathan Lewis lives between London and Istanbul. He moved to London and spent many years studying photography and now specialises in photojournalism, documentary photography and commercial work for a wide variety of private and commercial clients in the UK, Europe and Turkey. His work has appeared in a number of magazines and publications and is used on the ESI website as well.

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