The chapter will explain how the issue of reconciliation has not only an international (regional) dimension, but also a domestic one, since the stability of the area still suffers from the social, political and cultural inability of respecting diversities, syncretism and heterogeneity, which however deeply mark the reality of the WB countries. As a result, the chapter will explain how the persistent divisions in the geopolitical assessment of the Western Balkans may increasingly match with the growing divisions among the EU member-states and their reluctance to respect the pledge of inclusiveness made in Thessaloniki in 2003. Consequently, the chapter will argue that local Western Balkans political attitudes may remain trapped in war legacies, institutional weaknesses and confrontations, by affecting the whole process of democratization under way. A prospect, this one, that should not be underestimated and should require special efforts to support the interaction of democratization and reconciliation.

Imported Democracy and Its Fragility Without Reconciliation

Stefano Bianchini
2020

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The chapter will explain how the issue of reconciliation has not only an international (regional) dimension, but also a domestic one, since the stability of the area still suffers from the social, political and cultural inability of respecting diversities, syncretism and heterogeneity, which however deeply mark the reality of the WB countries. As a result, the chapter will explain how the persistent divisions in the geopolitical assessment of the Western Balkans may increasingly match with the growing divisions among the EU member-states and their reluctance to respect the pledge of inclusiveness made in Thessaloniki in 2003. Consequently, the chapter will argue that local Western Balkans political attitudes may remain trapped in war legacies, institutional weaknesses and confrontations, by affecting the whole process of democratization under way. A prospect, this one, that should not be underestimated and should require special efforts to support the interaction of democratization and reconciliation.
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