Insight Turkey
Insight Turkey
Challenging ideas
On Turkish politics and International affairs

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Sabrina P Ramet

Norwegian University of Science & Technology (NTNU), Norway; ORCID No: 0000-0003-2843-3898
Sabrina P Ramet
A Socio-Political Overview of Post-Socialist Southeastern Europe Today
March 25, 2020
According to Freedom House, those southeast European states which have joined the European Union are “free” while the rest are “partly free.” For ordinary citizens, the most important issues are corruption, unemployment, and poverty. There is an approximate correlation between Freedom House’s assessments of democratic attainment and local perceptions of corruption: the more corrupt the country, the less democratic it is likely to be. The media are crucial players in politics, but have sometimes been corrupted by special interests or by the politicians themselves. Overall, taking into account also tolerance, levels of gender equality, and poverty, among other factors, Slovenia is doing the best in the region, while Kosovo remains in last place.

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