Democracy and Human Rights VALUES AT STAKE Southeast Europe: A Normative Marktplace?
Friedrich Ebert Stiftung
Study edited in Friedrich Ebert Stiftung by Vedran Dzihic, Gazela Pudar Drasko, Bojan Baca, Nilay Kilinc, Senada Selo Sabic
EUrope has not yet achieved creating a common European sense of »who we are«. The question is whether EU normative influence ever truly existed and whether substantial normative transfers to Southeast Europe (SEE) have ever been achieved. The prevailing top-down »one size fits all« approach to democratization in Southeast Europe must be contested in favour of a more nuanced methodology that considers the interests, grievances, and demands of each society.We cannot have societies with true European values without creating high-quality discursive spaces where SEE citizens can socialize as active citizens. We need to build a democracy of informed and engaged citizens that do not exclude each other.