28 August 2016
Berlin – ESI with young civil servants from SEE
Berlin, Rosenthaler Platz. Photo: ESI
Berlin, Rosenthaler Platz. Photo: ESI

The European Fund for the Balkans runs a fellowship programme for government officials from the Western Balkans. For the 8th year, 20 young civil servants, selected on a competitive basis, have the opportunity to gather experience by working for 10 weeks in a ministry or other host institution in an EU member state. Before, all participants meet in Berlin for a 10-day preparation programme.

Within this framework, ESI's Kristof Bender was invited on 28 August in Berlin to a panel discussion on "Debating Europe – Have we reached the tipping point?" The second panellist was Werner Weidenfeld, Founder of the Center for Applied Policy Research. Kristof spoke about the implications of the current European challenges – from Brexit to the refugee crisis – on the Western Balkans and the EU enlargement process.

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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.

You can find out more about Jonathan Lewis on his website www.jonathanlewisphoto.com