Zur Umsetzung der Minsker Abkommen

Ein Interview zur aktuellen Lage in der Ukraine und zum Treffen der Trilateralen Kontaktgruppe, ARD Tagesschau 24

03.08.2016 11:52 Uhr

Geht es in der Ukraine voran? Reformen in Justiz, bessere Korruptionsbekämpfung, eine bessere Wirtschaftslage geben aus Sicht von Martin Brusis von der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München Grund zur Hoffnung. Sorge bereiten ihm unter anderem die Kämpfe im Osten des Landes.

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Die Minsker Abkommen scheinen gescheitert, die Zivilbevölkerung im Osten der Ukraine ist in Gefahr, aber es gibt auch Hoffnungsschimmer für das Land – so schätzt zumindest Martin Brusis von der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München im Gespräch mit tagesschau24 die Situation in der Ukraine ein.

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Democracies Adrift?

How the European Crises Affect East-Central Europe, Paper forthc. in: Problems of Post-Communism, 63 (5), September 2016

The present article proposes to study and compare the state of democracy in East-Central European countries. Such a comparative survey is deemed timely because there have been electoral landslides, corruption scandals involving political leaders and mass protests in several of these countries. Popular satisfaction with democracy has declined and democratic accountability institutions have been eroded in Hungary and Poland. These developments pose questions about where these democracies are heading and how their paths are related to the crisis of European integration.

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Policy Analysis and Policy Evaluation

A workshop with Belgrade Open School staff, 16-18 May 2016

To upgrade their research capacity, think tanks need access to methodological and conceptual tools that have recently been developed by researchers in the field of policy analysis and evaluation. My three-day workshop with Belgrade Open School provided an overview on rationalist and institutionalist approaches of policy analysis, focusing on examples from Europeanization studies. Notions of causation and strategies to deal with confounding causes formed the basis of our discussion on evaluation methods. The workshop also included an introduction to regression and factor analysis, two key tools of empirical policy research.

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Politics and Religion in Eastern Europe

An interview with Magda Crișan, Romanian TV program Digi24, 11 May 2016

Political elites in East European countries have often referred to religious beliefs or sought to form alliances with church leaders. One aim of their efforts has been to convince citizens and the public that they share common values and are committed to act ethically responsibly.

Putin_KyrillMore frequent references and appeals to shared religious beliefs in recent years reflect the growth of right-wing populism, uncertainties caused by the crisis of European integration and fears regarding the inflow of predominantly Muslim refugees. The extent to which religious references are made in political discourses also varies according to the strength of religious allegiances and the respective influence of churches in societies. Contemporary resonance structures are rooted in state identities and the influences of historical state-building coalitions with churches.

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Zum Einfluss des IWF in Bosnien und Herzegowina

Ein Interview mit Harun Cero für Al Jazeera Balkans, 8.5.2016

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Picture source: EPA Archive

– Der Internationale Währungsfonds verhandelt mit Bosnien und Herzegowina über ein neues Stand-by Arrangement. Wuerden Sie der Analyse zustimmen, dass Bosnien wirtschaftlich unabhängig ist?

Die komplexen Verwaltungsstrukturen behindern ausländische Investititionen und vergrößern die Rechtsunsicherheit für alle Investoren. Bosnien ist aber in hohem Maße vom Ausland abhängig, da das Land nicht nur ausländische Investitionen benötigt, sondern auch über seinen Außenhandel, Kredite, Finanzhilfen und die Rücküberweisungen von bosnischen Arbeitsmigranten international verflochten ist.

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The State of Democracy in Bulgaria

Interview with the Bulgarian business newspaper Dnevnik, 9 April 2014

Dnevnik journalist Aleksandrina Ginkova interviewed me on the latest Bulgaria country report written for the Transformation Index project.

Protests in Sofia, photo by Yulia Lazarova, dnevnik.bg
Protests in Sofia, photo by Yulia Lazarova, dnevnik.bg

The report mentions that a culture change within institutions is required to guarantee sustainability. Can you elaborate on the problems in the work culture and how are they related to corruption?

The notion of “culture change” used in the country report refers to entrenched practices and behavioral patterns within the Bulgarian judiciary and other state institutions. Foreign and domestic observers were surprised and shocked when the government of Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski attempted to appoint the controversial businessman Delyan Peevski as Chair of the State Agency for National Security. This decision was in striking contrast with its public commitment to combat corruption.

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Performance Monitoring for Montenegro

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Government of Montenegro: Cabinet Meeting

Montenegro belongs to a group of income-poor, small and young Southeast and East European democracies interested in joining the EU. To master the challenges of accession and membership, these states have to create a modern and effective public administration. However, experience has shown that externally imposed accession conditions and regulatory alignment do not sufficiently prepare new EU member states to overcome culturally ingrained practices of corruption and clientelism. Accession-driven administrative reforms yield sustainable effects only if they are complemented by stronger domestic public accountability.

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Im Schatten der europäischen Krise

Zur Lage von Demokratie und Marktwirtschaft in Ostmittel- und Südosteuropa

Regionalanalyse zum neuen Transformation Index der Bertelsmann Stiftung, Februar 2016

Die globale Finanz- und Wirtschaftskrise und die folgende Krise der Eurozone hatten jenseits der unmittelbaren ökonomischen Wirkungen auch gravierende politische Konsequenzen in Ostmittel- und Südosteuropa. Die Krisen zeigten, dass eine auslandsabhängige ökonomische Entwicklung anfällig gegenüber den internationalen Finanzmärkten ist.

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Konfliktmuster in Montenegro

Ein Gutachten für das Bundesministerium für Wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit

Montenegro strebt einen Beitritt zur EU sowie zur NATO an. Seine politischen Eliten unterstützen, wie die Mehrheit der Bevölkerung, die dafür notwendigen ökonomischen und rechtsstaatlichen Reformen. Ein Teil der Oppositionsparteien lehnt einen NATO-Beitritt hingegen ab, boykottiert seit September 2015 die Parlamentsarbeit und veranstaltet seitdem regelmäßige öffentliche Protestaktionen, um die Regierung zum Rücktritt zu bewegen. Die pluralistische Medienlandschaft erfüllt demokratische Öffentlichkeits- und Kontrollfunktionen, auch wenn private Medienorgane um ihr finanzielles Überleben kämpfen. Nicht-Regierungsorganisationen tragen mit zur Realisierung gesellschaftlicher und politischer Reformen bei und übernehmen bei der Formulierung alternativer policies auch Funktionen der Oppositionsparteien.

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Core Executives in Central Europe

Forthc. in: Handbook of East European Politics, ed. by P. Kopecký and A. Fagan, London: Routledge

This chapter discusses the ‘core executive’ both as an empirical field of actors, institutions and behavioural practices at the centres of Central European governments and as a theoretical concept formulated to study this field. The chapter first outlines the conceptual meaning and context of the term and then distinguishes two paradigms that have shaped core executive studies focusing on Central Europe and reflect the recent history of the region: transition and Europeanization. A third paradigm of ‘executive governance’ is suggested as a perspective for future work.

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