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Partnerships as a response to international challenges

04.09.2015

Editorial

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Amidst one of the biggest migration waves in the world since World War II, Europe is facing an "unprecedented humanitarian and political crisis" - an issue that requires a comprehensive set of solutions ranging from measures to provide humane and dignified treatment for those seeking shelter far from their destroyed homelands to efforts to stop a deadly wave of human trafficking. And much more…

The need to tackle rising global uncertainty with new partnerships was at the centre of debate this week at the lakeside resort of Bled. At the 10th Bled Strategic Forum leaders, politicians, business officials, economists and other experts heard that, in order to remain faithful to its values, Europe will have to devise a credible and effective common response. The panellists stressed the significance of greater unity, coordination and solidarity among European countries and finding partnerships with international organisations and non-government stakeholders when handling the issue.

The refugee and migrant issue also dominated the discussion of the Western Balkans and the panel entitled Bridges of the Mediterranean: Intercultural Dialogue, where participants stressed the significance of education, and awareness of cultural diversity for the long-term stability of the region. They highlighted the significance of intercultural dialogue when dealing with the issue of increasing migration.

When talking about the Western Balkans, the panellists agreed that there should be continuous communication with the countries of the region, focused on concrete projects that offer prospects for youth and ensure more stable profits in the region as a whole. Several of the panellists highlighted the push that the region has received from the Slovenian-Croatian Brdo-Brijuni process, and the German-led Berlin process. Both are seen as crucial, not only in terms of offering specific projects, but also more broadly in building trust in the region.

Calls for partnership resounded as the 10th Bled Strategic Forum got under way against the backdrop of the escalating migration crisis in Europe. Slovenian Prime Minister Miro Cerar emphasised that ‘Fortress Europe’ was not a viable solution. "More than ever, partnerships are needed to find compromise and solutions acceptable to all," Cerar said in his opening address.

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