29 June 2017
Bern – ESI at Swiss MFA Western Balkans retreat
Bern. Photo: flickr/Martin Abegglen
Bern. Photo: flickr/Martin Abegglen

ESI's Gerald Knaus was invited to participate in a workshop on the Western Balkans organised by the Swiss foreign ministry in Bern. Questions debated were the credibility of the EU perspective, the role of international actors in the region, Kosovo-Serbia relations, developments in Macedonia after the government crisis, and the implications of the Special Court for Kosovo, among others.

Participants included Swiss ambassadors from the region, as well as OSCE and independent experts.

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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.

You can find out more about Alan Grant on his websites:
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