Summer School I gathered excited participants

August 22nd, 2012   Albania | Bosnia and Herzegovina | Croatia | Education | Macedonia | News | Serbia | The Balkans

 

Finally it was time for the first out of two Summer Schools. About twenty young politicians from Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Serbia and Sweden met August 15-19 in Nynäshamn in Sweden to dig deeper into the principles of democracy. Nigel Ashford, professor at the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University in Washington DC, was the chairman of the conference and seminars were based on his book “Principles for a Free Society”, written exclusively for the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation. 

The young politicians discussed topics such as human rights, freedom, equality and tolerance. Throughout the conference the global finance crisis was brought up, including how it had affected the participating countries. Moreover Cecilia Brinck, Member of Parliament, presented the rule of law, analyst Evelina Lorentzon talked about free enterprise and private property and Klas Hjort, advisor in the European Parliament gave a lecture on the EU.

The participants, who were all members of political parties, exchanged valuable experiences and knowledge with each other. Democratic reforms with new upcoming challenges belong to everyday life of the Balkan countries. Intense discussions were numerous during these four late-summer days.

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