OP-ED

Opinion piece. An op-ed, abbreviated from opposite the editorial page (though often mistaken for opinion-editorial), is a article that expresses the opinions of a named writer who is usually unaffiliated with the editorial board. These are different from editorials, which are usually unsigned and written by editorial board members.

Is being ‘Scottish’ a matter of birth, descent or residence?

Professor Jo Shaw
scotish citizenship

If Scotland votes yes next year, then the Scots will have to decide who they are - who gets to be a Scottish citizen? And can they still be a British citizen too? And if so, does that mean London gets a say? Jo Shaw explains...

This piece originally appeared in Open Democracy digital commons. 

‘We are all in this together’: a civic awakening in Bosnia-Herzegovina

Igor Štiks
Bosnian protests

In Bosnia-Herzegovina, a seemingly trivial administrative issue ignited an unprecedented movement of civic resistance across the country's old dividing lines. Understanding the message of defiance was directed against them all, politicians tried the old trick of 'divide and rule' – only to be ridiculed by protesters.

This piece originally appeared in Open Democracy digital commons. 

The citizens of the future

Eric Gordy
Youth and unemployment

The general impression one gets from the research on youth is the emergence of a large group of people who do not trust institutions and try to build their lives outside of them. They could function as citizens but are obstructed in this ambition. Their state and parties are self-serving and self-sufficient, and do not want them.

There is nothing in the recent research on young people in Serbia that will be terribly surprising to anybody who has been paying attention over the last twenty years. Young people are continuing to become more marginal as the society gets older and monopolies of opportunity become more rigid.

The view from Union Street: from Yugoslavia to the European Union

Aleš Debeljak
Reflections

The name of my home street does not simply denote a generic union, a bond that ties together “more than one” entity. Its primary meaning continues to evoke Yugoslavia, the political union of Southern Slavs (except Bulgarians), the union that emerged out of the ashes of the Austro-Hungarian empire in 1918, and collapsed in the flames of the disintegrating Yugoslav federation in 1991. Recall: Yugoslavia was a political community that was explicitly established as a trans-national union of states/republics. For the last two decades, Slovenians have lived in an independent state, one that six years ago willingly joined another super-national Union.

Nomen est omen. How could I then fail to detect a suggestive and troubled connotation of the name of my street? Zvezna ulica orUnion Street, is a generous place for my family of five. It’s a dead-end street, though.

The Risks and Benefits of Ethnic Citizenship by Florian Bieber

Kin-state paternalism

Millions of people in Southeastern Europe are citizens of more than one state. Among the many ‘multi-citizens’ of Southeastern Europe there are probably a million who have received passports from countries they have never lived in.

Millions of people in Southeastern Europe are citizens of more than one state. Many acquired this status when they were gastarbajteri [guestworkers]in Germany, Austria and elsewhere in Western Europe; others received a second passport as they fled the wars that accompanied the disintegration of Yugoslavia.

CITSEE, or a trip into the unknown by Jo Shaw

A stairway in Ljubljana

When I started investigating citizenship laws and policies in the new states of South Eastern Europe on the territory of the former Yugoslavia in the mid 2000s, it seemed a remarkably empty field from an academic point of view. We cannot say this now!

Coming to the Balkans…

When I started investigating citizenship laws and policies in the new states of South Eastern Europe on the territory of the former Yugoslavia in the mid 2000s, it seemed a remarkably empty field from an academic point of view. We cannot say this now!

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