14 June 2016 - 17 June 2016
Policy Program | Conference on “Democratization of political processes and overcoming political-ideological polarization“
On June 14-17, 2016, the Aspen Institute Germany with the support of the Federal Foreign Office co-hosted a conference with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Albania in Durrës. The topic of the conference was “Democratization of political processes and overcoming political-ideological polarization“. Democratization of political processes in the Western Balkans has substantially improved over the past years. However, difficulties remain. Against this background, participants focused on questions of the role of parliaments, radicalization and political polarization, ideological and programmatic differences between political parties, the role of media, and women’s political participation. The discussions in particular involved questions how to rebuild trust between antagonistic parties, how to engage women in politics and how to further freedom of media and expression. Participants discussed how further political crises can be avoided and how democratization can be strengthened by political elites and civil society throughout the region. In addition, some conference participants discussed on a public panel about “The role of the European Union in the democratic processes in the Western Balkan region” organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Albania.