nedjelja, 25. rujna 2011.
Uloga teorija zavjera u konstrukciji političke zbilje u Hrvatskoj: analiza političkog diskurza 1980. - 2007. godine
467533.Doktorska_disertacija_Neboja_Blanua.pdf (application/pdf Object)
petak, 9. rujna 2011.
The EBRD is considering financing WAZ Media Group’s development and expansion both in its existing and new markets in Central and Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union, through acquisitions and investments into local publishing companies, distribution networks, printing facilities as well as other media (internet, TV, radio).
In a more general sense, WAZ’s mission of fostering democracy and free speech through independent, private sector print media is considered to be fully aligned with the mandate of the Bank.
WAZ media [EBRD - Projects]
ponedjeljak, 5. rujna 2011.
DEVELOPING NONVIOLENT COMMUNICATION:
AN INTEGRAL APPROACH
Simon R. Beck
B.A. University of Victoria, 1975
Beck-Developing_NVC_Integral_Approach.pdf (application/pdf Object)
subota, 3. rujna 2011.
The British occupiers granted newspaper licenses for newspapers favoring the political orientation of the SPD (Westfälische Rundschau, Dortmund, and Neue Ruhr Zeitung / Neue Rhein Zeitung, Essen) and a newspaper favoring the political orientation of the CDU (Westfalenpost, Soest).
The journalist Erich Brost, born 1903 and a native of Elbing, Western Prussia, receives the license 192 from the British military government and establishes the Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung (WAZ), with the first issue being published in Bochum on 3 April 1948. Brost remains editor in chief until 1970 and WAZ publisher until the time of his death in 1995.
Cofounder and co-publisher Jacob Funke, born 1901, worked as a freelance journalist from 1945 to 1948. Born in Essen, he was put in charge of the business area at the newly founded WAZ since he was very familiar with the Ruhr Basin and had excellent business connections. Funke remains partner, publisher, and head of the publishing house until the time of his death in 1975.
3. April 1948 The first issue of the Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung (WAZ) is published with a print run of 312,000 copies. Readers are delighted with the design and layout based on the English model of "popular papers." Bochum is headquarters of the publishing house and the editorial staff because this is the location of the only still intact rotary printing machine able to handle the high print run.
The first WAZ branch office is opened in the town of Herne.
The new publishing offices of the Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung (WAZ) on Friedrichstrasse in Essen are officially opened after years of improvising.
The new print house of the Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung (WAZ) on Schederhofstrasse in Essen is completed. Editorial office and print shop are connected with a subterranean pneumatic dispatch system.
The Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung (WAZ) acquires the publishing house Welt am Sonnabend established in 1932, publishing the weekly magazine with the same name.
In 1973, the Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung (WAZ) takes over the Westfalenpost (WP) with headquarters in Hagen, acquires a majority share of the Westfälische Rundschau (WR) headquartered in Dortmund in 1975 and of the Neue Ruhr Zeitung / Neue Rhein Zeitung (NRZ) headquartered in Essen in 1976.
On 1 January 1976, the publishing houses form the newspaper group WA. They collaborate in the business areas (ads, distribution, administration) and in the technical area (printing) but remain independent in the editorial area. The "WAZ Model" – later copied by many other publishers – is created. The resulting synergy strengthens the economic basis of the editorial offices.
Jacob Funke, WAZ cofounder, dies at the age of 73.
Günther Grotkamp, born 1927, is appointed manager of the newspaper group WAZ.
In 1960, Grotkamp joins the WAZ publishing house as in-house counselor and head of the personnel department; he becomes authorized signatory for the Funke family company. Günther Grotkamp, a lawyer, is the "architect of the "WAZ Model."
Founding of the advertising paper company Westdeutsche Verlags- und Werbegesellschaft (WVW) headquartered in Essen.
The newspaper group WAZ develops the TV magazine BWZ (Bunte Wochen Zeitung), which is included on Fridays as an insert to the four titles of the Group.
Erich Schumann joins the Group and, together with Günther Grotkamp, becomes equal manager of the WAZ.
Schumann, a lawyer by trade, was previously senior head of a joint law and tax consulting firm in Bonn as well as member of the supervisory board in companies active in the finance and media industry
The newspaper group WAZ obtains a 10 percent share in the private TV station RTL plus and thus becomes a partner of the CLT / Ufa.
The newspaper group WAZ acquires a 50% share in the publishing house Neue Kronen Zeitung headquartered in Vienna.
The newspaper group WAZ acquires a 49.4% share in the Kurier publishing house headquartered in Vienna.
On 1 April, Radio Duisburg is the first local radio station broadcasting in North Rhine-Westphalia. The newspaper group WAZ holds a majority share in the operating company – as it does later in nine additional local broadcasting stations along the Rhine and Ruhr. The service company Westfunk centrally handles the business and technical issues of the broadcasting stations associated with the WAZ Group.
The newspaper group WAZ is the first publishing house to invest in the new federal states establishing the newspaper group Thüringen (ZGT). The ZGT is organized according to the "WAZ Model" and as such is the central service provider for the daily newspapers Thüringer Allgemeine (TA), Ostthüringer Zeitung (OTZ), and Thüringische Landeszeitung (TLZ).
The WAZ acquires a majority share in the Hungarian publishing company Pannon Lapok Társasága. This publishing company publishes a total of five regional newspapers.
Erich Brost, license holder, founder, and publisher of the Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung (WAZ) dies on 8 October 1995 at the age of almost 92.
The newspaper group WAZ acquires a majority share in the Bulgarian publishing house 168 Stunden, the first private press group in Bulgaria.
The newspaper group WAZ renames itself to better reflect its range of activity and is now known as the WAZ Media Group.
The WAZ Media Group expands its involvement in Bulgaria by acquiring a share in the Media Holding AG, publisher of the largest daily newspaper in Bulgaria, among others.
The WAZ Media Group obtains shares in the Europa Press Holding (EPH), the largest newspaper and magazine publisher in Croatia.
Expansion of the newspaper division continues with a majority holding in the Munich publishing company Gong that publishes a title with the same name. In 2001, the WAZ Media Groups owns the publishing company 100%.
The publisher now competes with the postal service and establishes the private courier service Westdeutscher Post Service (WPS) and the Thüringer Post Service (THPS).
In Rumania, the WAZ Media Group holds a share in the daily newspaper Romania Libera.
In Serbia, the WAZ Group cooperates with the publisher Politika AD, a company that publishes the second oldest daily in the Balkans, among others.
The WAZ Media Group becomes active in Montenegro and obtains a 50% share in the Daily Press d.o.o., publishing a daily newspaper called Vijesti.
In the Macedonian market, the publishing house holds the majority in the daily newspapers Dnevnik, Utrinski Vesnik, and Vest.
The WAZ Media Group assumes from the publisher Bastei-Lübbe the weekly yellow press title Das Goldene Blatt.
In Hungary, the WAZ expands its portfolio with a share in the political and business magazine HVG.
The WAZ Media Group sells its share in the RTL Group.
In Croatia, the publishing house acquires a share in the regional daily Slobodna Dalmacija.
Founding of the private courier service Pin Group, a joint venture of the publishers Holtzbrinck, Springer, the WAZ Media Group, as well as the Rosalia AG, Luxemburg.
The Westfalenpost, Westfälische Rundschau and Neue Ruhr Zeitung / Neue Rhein Zeitung newspapers celebrate, one after the other at short intervals, their 60th anniversary and their continuance as modern and future-oriented regional newspapers.
The WAZ Media Group in co-operation with the Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR) broadcasting station launches the media library “We in North Rhine Westphalia – Our Collected Works”.
Dr. h.c. Erich Schumann died at the age of 76 on 21 January 2007 after a short serious illness. The managing partner of the WAZ Media Group was regarded as an excellent publisher personality with strong honorary commitment.
The WAZ Media Group acquires a 100 percent holding in the traditional Braunschweiger Zeitung newspaper from the Voigt publishing house family and the North German State Bank (Norddeutsche Landesbank).
The WAZ Media Group and the Berlin-based ReLine Intermedien Verlags-GmbH launch Rheinskaja Gazeta, Germany’s first Russian-language daily newspaper.
Er ist seit 1986 mit Petra Grotkamp, einer der drei Töchter von Jakob Funke verheiratet. Gemeinsam mit ihren Schwestern Renate Schubries und Gisela Holthoff verfügt sie über 50 Prozent der Gesellschafteranteile der WAZ-Mediengruppe und hat diese in der Funke Familiengesellschaft (FFG) gebündelt.
Im Juni 2001 musste Günther Grotkamp vor dem Untersuchungsausschuss des Bundestags zur CDU-Spendenaffäre aussagen. Er hatte im Dezember 2000 an einem Tag von einem Konto drei Überweisungen (zwei in Höhe von 33.000 Euro, eine in Höhe von 34.000 Euro) veranlasst. Er sagte aus, dass er nicht von der CDU zur Stückelung der Großspende aufgefordert wurde, sondern dies aus steuerlichen Gründen und weil die Familie selbst die Veröffentlichungspflicht umgehen wollte, geschehen sei. Nicht er selbst sei der Spender, sondern seine Ehefrau Petra sowie seine zwei Schwägerinnen. 
Günther Grotkamp berät seine Frau in rechtlichen Fragen. Sie verklagte ihre Schwestern, um sicherzustellen, dass die Gesellschafteranteile in der Funke Familiengesellschaft (FFG) bleiben und nicht an die Erben von Erich Brost verkauft werden.
Günther Grotkamp – Wikipedia
SPIEGEL ONLINE: Untersuchungsausschuss entdeckt neue geheime Großspende an die CDU
Union erhielt 1990 100.000 Mark aus der Familie des WAZ-Verlegers Grotkamp, die nicht offiziell verbucht wurden / SPD-Obmann Hoffmann: "Weitere Form der Finanzverschleierung" bei der CDU
Da muss ich natürlich schon ein wenig schmunzeln. Nicht weil ich SPD-Mitglied5 bin, sondern weil ich – wie viele andere auch – schon den Eindruck gewonnen habe, dass gerade die WAZ (und damit wäre auch Ulrich Reitz als Chefredakteur gemeint) in den letzten Jahren sich dann doch eher konservativer aufgeführt hat als es früher der Fall war. Dass man sich gut mit dem nach nur einer Amtszeit abgewählten nordrhein-westfälischen Ministerpräsidenten Jürgen Rüttgers (CDU) verstand, ist ja auch kein großes Geheimnis6 im Land. Es hat ja wohl schon seinen Grund, warum die eine oder andere für die CDU NRW peinliche Geschichte nicht in der WAZ, sondern im Wir in NRW-Blog veröffentlicht wurde.
Insofern glaube ich wirklich nicht, dass sich da politisch viel ändern wird, denn das geht gar nicht unbedingt. Für weiteres Fremdschäm-Potential bei der WAZ ist also sicherlich gesorgt, wenn man der kessen Schlagzeile über die Ministerpräsidentin und ihren Mann wegen mal eben so was störendes wie die Wahrheit ignoriert.
Warum schon in diesem Jahr für die WAZ-Mediengruppe das Jahr 2015 sein könnte – oder: Aufkauf der Brost-Anteile durch den Funke-Stamm? » Pottblog
Thema des Tages
Ende der WAZ-Doppelspitze?
31. Aug. 2011 – Neues Thema am Wochenende war der mögliche Eigentümerwechsel bei der WAZ-Mediengruppe. Gesellschafterin Petra Grotkamp wolle alleinige Besitzerin des Medienkonzerns werden und die fehlenden Anteile für 500 Millionen Euro erwerben, hieß es. Damit bliebe der Konzern Familienunternehmen, aber eben nur noch im Besitz einer Familie. Der DJV hat vor diesem Hintergrund Investitionen in guten Journalismus angemahnt - Qualität statt journalistischer Einheitsbrei. WAZ-Chefredakteur Ulrich Reitz hat indes auf derwesten.de zu den Veränderungen an der Konzernspitze Stellung bezogen und beschwichtigt, die Blätter würden ihre politische Unabhängigkeit auch dann behalten, wenn nur noch CDU-Mann Christian Nienhaus tonangebend wäre. Mitgeschäftsführer Bodo Hombach hat er bei der Gelegenheit gleich aufs Abstellgleis geschoben nach dem Motto: neun Jahre dabei, sehr erfolgreich, danke, das war's. Ob er davon wusste?
WAZ-Verkauf: JournalistischeQualität muss ausgebaut werden
Qualitätsjournalismus hat Zukunft. So viel steht für den Vorsitzenden der NRW-Zeitungsverleger, Christian Nienhaus, fest. Der Geschäftsführer der WAZ-Mediengruppe setzt dabei auf eine Kombination der Zeitung mit den Möglichkeiten des Internets. Dafür sind allerdings aus seiner Sicht medienpolitische Veränderungen erforderlich.
Nienhaus hielt den gebührenfinanzierten Sendern indirekt Verschwendung von Gebühren vor. Er bezeichnete sie als „ineffiziente Großorganisationen“. Tatsächlich spülen die Rundfunkgebühren in diesem Jahr rund acht Milliarden Euro in die Kassen der Öffentlich-Rechtlichen. 60 Millionen davon fließen in die Internet-Auftritte.
Mit dem Begriff öffentlich-rechtlicher Rundfunk werden sowohl die Hörfunk- und Fernsehprogramme als auch die Organisationsstruktur von öffentlich-rechtlichen Rundfunkanstalten bezeichnet.
Sowohl der öffentlich-rechtliche Rundfunk an sich, als auch dessen Finanzierung über Rundfunkgebühren und Werbeeinnahmen und das Modell der Gebührenerhebung sind regelmäßig Gegenstand kritischer Berichterstattung. Durch neue Übertragungswege und die Liberalisierung des Rundfunkmarktes tritt der öffentlich-rechtliche Rundfunk in einen immer stärker werdenden Wettbewerb mit privaten Rundfunkanbietern (Duales Rundfunksystem).
Unter dem dualen Rundfunksystem versteht man das gleichzeitige Bestehen von privatem und öffentlich-rechtlichem Rundfunk.
Nova vlasnica WAZ-a Petra, kcer Jacoba Funkea, i supruga dugogodisnjeg sefa Günther Grotkamp-a preuzela je WAZ, dakle postala i vlasnica Europapresholdinga..
Ovdje je prica o osnivanju WAZ-a poslije WW2...
Esen, Rajnsko-Rurska oblast i okolina spadali su pod Britansku jurisdikciju. Britanska administracija trazila je pogodnog domaceg covjeka za vodenje lokalnih, ali ne-partizanskih novina. Takvu osobu nasli su Erich-u Brost-u, te mu to predlozili.
Dakle, osnivac WAZ-a je gosp. Erich Brost, simpatizer SDP, koji je svoju aktivnost bazirao na ne-nacizmu ali nije bio clan pokreta otpora (ne-partizan). Rat je proveo u egzilu (Engleska), te radio za BBC. Drugog osnivaca, partnera, odabaro je sam Brost. Jakob Funke, WW2 je proveo kao vojni reporter u Beogradu, mobiliziran od Njemacke drzave. Jakob Funke je bio izvrstan organizator. Tamo je nasao mnogo lokalnih veza i pokazao izuzetne sposobnosti snalazenja. Kao takav odgovarao je Brost-ovoj ideji o regionalnim novinama koje nisu vezane za pokret otpora. Njih dvojica su dobili dozvolu od Britanskih kontrolora i pokrenuli prve novine kasnijeg koncerna WAZ dana 03.04.1948 godine (April 3, 1948, the first issue of Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung)..
Osnivac Jakob Funke preminuo je 1975. Njegovu ulogu u koncernu WAZ preuzeo suprug Jakobove kceri, Günther Grotkamp koji je tamo radio od 1960, te stekao svo potrebno povjerenje za preuzimanje te funkcije. Radio je do 2000, te izgradio medijsko carstvo.
Danas, kada 67 godisnja Petra Grotkamp, preuzima WAZ, te kupuje udjele od unuka vec davno preminulog Erich-a Brost-a, kazu da iza promjene vlasnistva stoji Günther Grotkamp, sa navrsenih 84, jos uvijek najmocniji u bransi, koji nije vise mogao podnositi urusavanje svog carstva posljednjih godina. Naime, Brost-ovi nasljednici vec dugo nisu sudjelovali u radu WAZ-a direktno, vec su svoj dio povjerili Peter-u Heinemann-u, Berlinskom advokatu na upravljanje. Petra Grotkamp je za razliku od njih, dugo godina radila kao tatina tajnica, te upoznala posao do detalja. Kasnije je nastavila svoj rad kao clan uprave, te redovno sudjelovala na sastancima i odlucivanju samog vrha firme.
Obzirom na poslovne probleme, koji ipak nisu javno objavljeni, ponuden iznos od 500.000 milijuna Eura za dio koji pripada Brost-ovim nasljednicima je samo naizgled malen za takvo carstvo. Pogotovo nakon visegodisnjih sukoba dviju familija u vodenju carstva. Problemi su bili prisutni u mnogim regionalnim novinama koje spadaju u WAZ. Austrijski Kroenen-Zeitung ima jako los ugovor sa bivsim vlasnicima, te tako gubi velik dio dobiti. Oglasnici i lokalne novine svih tipova ne zaraduju kao prije ni u Njemackoj. U Srbiji su problemi sa Bekom, srpskim tajkunom. Udio u RTL-ovom koncernu Petra Grotkamp prodala je jos 2005 za dosta velik iznos. No 2008, prodaja 25% udjela i izlazak iz vlasnistva koncerna Otto bila je prava odluka. Tim potezom si je Petra Grotkamp osigurala 1 milijardu eura i vrlo vjerojatno omogucila danasnju akviziciju.
Preuzimanje WAZ-a je danas vjerojatno i sluzbeno zakljuceno. Zelja nove vlasnice, bar po izjavi, je sacuvati "duh otaca", sto bi moglo znaciti jednog od osnivaca WAZ-a, Funkea, ali i Günther Grotkampa, koji je zasigurno najzasluzniji za rast ovako velikog medijskog carstva.
Sto znaci "duh otaca" nisam sigurna. Prica kaze da je Brost inzistirao na nepoliticki obojanom novinarstvu, bez obzira sto su mu razmisljanja bila bliska socijal-demokraciji. Trebamo se ipak pitati da li je to i Funke-ova ideja o novinarstvu? A jos vise kakvo novinarstvo zeli i proklamira Günther Grotkamp, jer izgleda da je u ovom carstvu jos uvijek on pravi car. No bez obzira na sve, odrzanje i ozivotvorenje regionalnih njemackih novina, gdje je WAZ poceo i kasnije imao primat, zasigurno ce biti u prvom planu nove vlasnice.
Promjena vlasnika dovesti ce do potpunog restruktiriranja novinskog carstva, te otpustanja vjerojatno svih direktora, a pogotovo onih bliskih familiji Brost. Prvo odlazi Bodo Hombach, direktor, ali i povjerenik Brost familije, clan SDP-a. On je na mjesto direktora WAZ-a dosao 2002 godine, a do tada je karijeru gradio u SDP-u Njemacke, te bio jedan od glavnih kordinatora Pakta za stabilnost juzne i jugoisticne Europe. Takoder se moze ocekivati otkaz i drugom direktoru, Christian-u Nienhaus-u, koji jest povjerenik Funke familije, ali i dugogodisnja desna ruka Hombach-a. Petra Grotkamp za sada tvrdi da zeli nastaviti suradnju, no to nije vjerojatno. Upravo je aktualna afera povodom njegovog intervjua frankfurtskim dnevnim novinama FAZ, u kojima je izjavio da se iz parlamenta NRW (NordRheinWestfalen) nista ne smije objaviti bez dozvole WDR-a (zapadnonjemacke televizije). Maticna kuca, WAZ, nije bila obavjestena o tom intervju-u, niti je on dogovoren i odobren sa vrhom uprave WAZ-a. Da skratim, oba sefa izgleda odlaze. Nova vlasnica WAZ-a ce automatski biti i nova vlasnica svih tvrtki u vlasnistvu koncerna (tvrtke-kcerke). Dolazi novi vjetar. Kakav, vidjeti cemo.. Kljucno je mislim primijetiti da je WAZ kroz desetljeca stvarno postao najjaci regionalni izdavac od Njemacke do jugoistocne Europe. Bas u onim drzavama gdje je Jakob Funke, osnivac imao dobre veze jos od WW2. Covjek koji je zbog svojih sposobnosti lokalnog organiziranja i stvaranja veza pozvan kao suvlasnik u prvi WAZ 1948, male lokalne novine Rurske oblasti pod Britanskim nadzorom. Njegova kcer, Petra, radila je s ocem na pocetku svoje karijere, te vjerojatno ima svo potrebno znanje i poveznice na citavom podrucju. S druge strane, postoji i car koncerna, Petrin suprug, Gunter Grotkamp pod cijom upravom je WAZ narastao do jugoistoka. EPH je kupljen pod kraj njegovog aktivnog rada 1998-me. Ipak, stvari se mijenjaju.
Nakon umirovljenja Guntera Grotkampa, do nedavno je vrijedilo pravilo da WAZ-om upravljaju tri osobe, jedna kao predstavnik Brost familije, jedna Funke familije i Bodo Hombach, koji je usao kao predstavnik Brost familije 2002, ali je bio i od strane Funke-familije vrlo cijenjen. Mozda zbog svojeg poznavanja juzne i jugoistocne Europe kroz rad u Paktu o stabilnosti, sto vjerujem da je familija Funke znala cijeniti. Ipak, nesto mu je krenulo krivo. Bas na tom podrucju pojavili su se najveci gubitci u koncernu. I cudne afere koje ponekad na kapaljku vide svjetlo dana.
Nova vlasnica ce uskoro objaviti svoje ciljeve. Na nama je da se pitamo da li ce se spasavati utjecaj u sirokoj regiji u koji je ulozeno 70 godina truda ili ce se jacati regionalni status novina u Njemackoj primarno?
Koliko ce taj vjetar propuhati EPH? .. vidjeti cemo.. biti ce interesantno, pogotovo ako razmislimo o pricama kako je vrh WAZ-a neposredno prije Sanaderovog odlaska imao dogovore sa Sanaderom, a sam Pavic izgleda probleme zbog negativnog pisanja o Sanaderu nakon njegovog odlaska i kasnijeg bijega.
Price ne kazu koliko je Bodo Hombach u to bio involviran. Mislim da cemo uskoro vidjeti. Odmah nakon Bodovog formalnog odlaska iz WAZ-a, jer neformalno ga je izgleda vec napustio.
Petra Grotkamp sigurno nece dozvoliti javno povezivanje politicara i WAZ-a. Mislim da je Bodo Hombach u tome napravio gresku. Posebno u financijskim gubicima kao posljedicama tih povezivanja. WAZ je pokrenut kao apoliticna ne-partizanska tiskovina prihvatljivog dizajna i teksta sirim masama, sto god to znacilo. Petra Grotkamp kaze da ce vratiti Funkeov duh u WAZ.
Da li ce nova, stara vlasnica spasavati samo novac ili manje novca i nesumnjivo velik utjecaj u regiji uskoro ce se pokazati. No jedno je sigurno, Novi WAZ nece podrzavati uprave, ali ni tvrtke u svojem vlasnistvu koje ne posluju financijski uspjesno.
EPH i Pavica ocekuje vrlo turbulentno vrijeme. Da li ce se Pavicevo hrvatsko medijsko carstvo raspasti, makar je on osobno ulozio ogroman trud plesati sa svima, misleci valjda da tako novinara dolikuje? Ne zna se jos. Samo izgleda da je nesto zaboravio plesuci. Zaboravio na surovu stvarnost. Ovakva novinarska carsta plesu samo prividno, a stvarno ni sa kim, osim sa "njima".
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Funke had learned the art and craft of making a newspaper from scratch at the Essen-based Essener Anzeiger, where he finally became editor-in-chief in the late 1920s. After the Nazis had shut the newspaper down in 1941, Funke served as a reporter in Belgrad during the war. He was an excellent organizer and had all the local connections necessary to get a new business venture off the ground under conditions of extreme adversity and scarcity.
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WAZ Media Group - Company Profile, Information, Business Description, History, Background Information on WAZ Media Group
Cofounder Jakob Funke died in 1975 at age 73. Under his leadership the WAZ publishing house had emerged from a single-publication start-up to a regional newspaper empire that included numerous local and four regional newspapers as well as several modern office buildings and printing facilities. After his death he was replaced by Günther Grotkamp, an experienced lawyer who had earned the respect and trust of the Funke family after he joined WAZ in 1960 and who worked closely with Jakob Funke up until his death. Grotkamp was considered the architect of the WAZ Group which was formed in 1978 to incorporate the acquired publishing houses into the company. The editorial departments of the four major newspapers the company owned in the Ruhr region retained their independence while production, the acquisition of advertising clients, marketing and administration were centralized. This business model proved to be very successful and became known as the WAZ Model.
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Bodo, SDP, Evangelist & Criss Torry-jevac, Konzervativac, Katolik
Bodo vjerojatno nece jos dugo biti sef WAZ-a zbog promjene vlasnicke strukture
FOR EUROPEAN POLICY STUDIES
CEPS POLICY BRIEF NO. 4
ON THE FORMING AND REFORMING
OF STABILITY PACTS:
FROM THE BALKANS TO THE CAUCASUS
ON THE FORMING AND REFORMING
OF STABILITY PACTS:
FROM THE BALKANS TO THE CAUCASUS
CEPS POLICY BRIEF NO. 4
he term Stability Pact has entered into the lexicon of European international
relations over the last decade. It seems to mean an initiative with the following
· it covers a region of the EU’s borderlands, which call for conflict prevention or
· a region fragmented into nationalities and ethnic groupings which overlap state borders;
· the technique is comprehensive, being both multi-sectoral (economic, human, political,
security dimensions) and multilateral (all major international actors and institutions);
· the objective is stabilisation, either as a preliminary to EU membership or as an extension
of the European zone of stability;
· the initiative might come from either the external powers or the region itself or from both
The Stability Pact approach overlaps with other forms of regional organisation and
cooperation in the EU’s borderlands. In fact the whole of the EU’s periphery is now covered
by regional initiatives which see the overlapping of EU member states, candidates and noncandidates
(for the Barents and Baltic Seas, Arctic, Northern Dimension, Mediterranean,
Central European Initiative, etc.). Stability Pacts are a sub-set of these regional actions, which
critically involve conflict resolution or prevention.
The focus here is on the Balkans and Caucasus as two target regions with much in common,
except they are in different ‘near abroads’ geo-politically.
1 Senior Research Fellow, Centre for European Policy Studies (e-mail email@example.com).
The Balkan Stability Pact has at best been a temporary expedient, awaiting the maturing of
events, in particular the passing of the Tudjman and Milosevic regimes, and thence the
confirmation of EU integration perspectives for the whole of the region. It was ambiguously
conceived from the beginning, however, as to what its real role might be, and has had
insufficient substance in practice to become credible. It is now due for reform, or at least
down-sizing. Some observers even suggest that the real pact was between the competing
international actors and agencies, a concordat for them all to be involved.
For the Caucasus a real Stability Pact is needed, and there could soon be an opportunity to
implement a strategic set of actions in the region. Whatever now does happen in the
Caucasus, it will not be called a Stability Pact, for the EU and the West would not want to
hint at money on the scale of what the Balkans have received. Nevertheless, the Caucasus
invites an initiative which could deserve such a name. An official proposal is, to follow
Shevardnardze, a ‘Peaceful Caucasus Process’. But here I stick to a Caucasus Stability Pact in
the sense already defined.
Restructuring the Stability Pact for South East Europe
The Stability Pact for South East Europe is almost two years old, having been initiated at the
Sarajevo Summit of July 1999 after the end of the Kosovo war. There is widespread
agreement, at least unofficially, that the Stability Pact is not working well. This is heard in
the region, in the EU and among other international actors.
The poor performance of the Stability Pact is not surprising, given its ambiguity as a political
and bureaucratic mechanism. Who owns the Stability Pact? Everybody and yet finally
nobody. That is one way of explaining the problem. More precisely the problems are twofold:
a) the states of the region do not want a serious regional political structure (neither a neo-
Yugoslavia, nor a distraction from the priority task of joining Europe); and
b) the major financiers and international powers do not want some other body to coordinate
their aid or strategies for them.
There is a role for an international forum for all interested parties, but that does not have to
mean a huge number of unproductive committee meetings of 200 or so officials on almost
every subject conceivable. A public debate on the future of the Stability Pact has recently
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been initiated in a report by the EastWest Institute (EWI) and partners2 (Financial Times, 6
April). This report recommends discontinuing much of the bureaucracy of committees and
task forces. A single forum for high-level officials might be retained (the ‘Regional Table’),
but the three sectoral Working Tables would be discontinued. The numerous specialised task
forces and expert groups would be left to decide themselves whether to continue a more
decentralised and autonomous existence. Some of the most useful groups existed before the
Stability Pact adopted them, and will no doubt continue without it. Their value is not to be
underestimated. It is desirable for any well identified region to develop a profusion of
official, private sector and civil society networks. But they do not all need central
It is also argued in the EWI report that the Stability Pact should retain strategic ambitions in a
limited number of domains, such as energy markets and the movement of persons, referring
to the Monnet method of the European Coal and Steel Community. However the extension of
this model to South East Europe looks problematic, since the big guns (EU, World Bank,
etc.) will not hand over their powers and resources or merge them with the Stability Pact even
for a few key policy sectors. Yet without real powers and resources there can be little
expectation of strategic action. Pragmatic regional cooperation is of course desirable in many
domains, even in the absence of heavy political structures. But here the leadership should
pass to the region itself.
Alternative options should therefore be considered to restructure the Stability Pact. A
proposal might be as follows.
The successor to the present Special Coordinator of the Stability Pact, Mr Bodo Hombach,
would be unambiguously the EU’s Special Representative and Ambassador-at-large in the
region. Mr Hombach is the EU’s nominee, but he is answerable to everybody. He cannot
really represent the EU, yet the EU needs a Special Representative for the region. This post,
once internalised into the EU, would help both Chris Patten and Javier Solana deploy all the
EU’s powers and resources in the region, rather than threaten to take these powers away from
them. The EU Special Representative would have the important task of ensuring the
coherence of EU policies vis-à-vis the accession candidates and other states of the region.
This involves key issues, such as trade and monetary (euro-isation) policies, infrastructures
2 EastWest Institute and European Stability Initiative, Democracy, Security and the Future of the Stability Pact
for South Eastern Europe, 4 April 2001.
and visas and policing for the movement of persons, for which the region is a natural whole.
At present EU policies for accession candidates and other countries are treated as being in
different boxes. An early view of how EU policies should be attempting to integrate the
whole of South East Europe as full or virtual member states was set out in the CEPS Plan for
the Balkans, [Emerson, Gros and Whyte, 1999].
The EU’s future Special Representative would also have the task of thinking through how the
whole of the region should best integrate into Europe in the medium to long term, which is
the only strategic option really available. This task will include some fundamental issues
which are not yet being sufficiently addressed. One is how the international protectorate
regimes of Bosnia and Kosovo should migrate in due course more fully into the EU’s
domain, which would need a huge strengthening of the EU’s capacities for external action. A
related question is how the EU’s emerging security (military and civilian) capabilities can
best be used in the region.
The EU’s staffing in the region needs serious reinforcement. One just has to observe the
powerful US embassies in the region alongside the tiny EU delegations and the crowd of EU
bilateral embassies, all busy duplicating each others’ political reporting. Strengthened EU
delegations should be at the service of all the EU institutions, Commission and Council,
which would be easier to coordinate with the Special Representative to oversee them. Chris
Patten is already decentralising much of the administration of EU aid to these delegations in
the field. This is excellent. But the EU will next have to work out how to organise its
diplomatic presence in the increasingly operational sectors of security policies.
A major rationale of the present Stability Pact has been, with good reason, to retain the
continuing and substantial engagement in the region of the other G8 powers – Canada, Japan,
Russia, and the US. This might be done better with a lighter Stability Pact structure. The
Special Representatives of these non-EU powers could deal directly with a full-time and fully
legitimised EU counterpart. The present secretariat of the Stability Pact would be disbanded,
giving way to arrangements in Brussels whereby the several Special Representatives (or their
staff) would work together. The ministries of finance of G8 already have their High Level
Steering Group for the region, co-chaired by the Commission and the World Bank. This also
meets at senior official level, and is supported by technical work of a joint Commission-
World Bank unit in Brussels. This part of the system functions satisfactorily. Foreign
ministers might perhaps structure their work in a more consistent and transparent way,
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building on the informally called Quint group (a G5, with the big 4 EU and US) and Contact
Group for the former Yugoslavia (a G6, the 5 plus Russia). The Stability Pact at present
cannot orchestrate these coordination activities on the Western side, and proposals to reform
it in this direction are bound to fail.
In the region itself there is already the South East European Cooperative Process (SEECP),
which meets regularly at summit and foreign minister level. This includes all those states
willing to try to work together (Albania, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Romania, Serbia/FRY
and Turkey together with Greece; Croatia also participates as an observer). This group has a
rotating presidency, which can concert with the EU and other Special Representatives. Javier
Solana, Chris Patten and Bodo Hombach already attend some of their meetings. Under an
innovation crafted at the Zagreb summit of November 2000, a meeting of all the leaders of
the EU and Stability Pact states, a form of meeting can be convened, which may be usefully
if sparingly repeated when political circumstances demand it. SEECP states could also
designate their own Special Representative, if they so wished, to support the role of their
rotating presidency. But that might be going too far for the states of the region, and should
not be a pre-condition for restructuring the Stability Pact. SEECP should receive every
encouragement to take the lead politically to develop cooperative initiatives, wholly owned or
initiated in the region.
This restructuring of the Stability Pact would thus have the following key points:
- the EU’s leading role would be more clearly and legitimately organised;
- the continued engagement of other international actors would be encouraged;
- regional leadership for inherently regional business would be enhanced; and
- present excesses of bureaucratic committee meetings would be cut out.
Shaping a Caucasus Stability Pact
The South Caucasus is a land of frozen conflicts – of Nagorno Karabakh, Abkhazia and
South Ossetia – which have resulted in the proliferation of blockaded frontiers almost
everywhere. The frozen conflicts have left huge numbers of refugees or displaced persons
stranded, or held political hostages in camps. Voluntary emigration has also been on a huge
scale. Overall the region is in a desperately impoverished and demoralised condition. Of
course this is not Chechnya in the North Caucasus, where an entire province is being
physically destroyed. We concentrate here on the South Caucasus.
At the end of 1999, at an OSCE summit in Istanbul, the leaders of the region began to call for
some kind of Stability or Security Pact for the Caucasus. This included all three South
Caucasus leaders – Aliev, Kocharian, Shevardnardze – as well as Demirel of Turkey. None of
them spelt out what this might mean in operational terms, however, except that the 3+3+2
formula gained prominence: 3 for the South Caucasus states; 3 for the big neighbours Russia,
Turkey and Iran; and 2 for the big outsiders EU and US.
At CEPS we therefore tried to fill this gap, offering a general blueprint as free staff work for
the interested parties, whose policy planning departments were inhibited by political or
bureaucratic limitations. We formed a CEPS Task Force and published two reports in May
and October 2000 (see Emerson, Celac and Tocci, 2000, and Emerson, Tocci and
Prokhorova, 2000). The second report was a substantial refinement of the first, benefiting
from a summer of consulting the leaders of the secessionist regions. This incidentally
suggested expanding the game into a 3+3+3+2 formation, adding the three secessionist
The proposal was structured as follows:
Three chapter headings devoted to the South Caucasus:
- Conflict resolution, with fuzzy constitutional settlements for Nagorno Karabakh and
Abkhazia. Both cases would see political solutions closer to confederalism than
federalism for Azerbaijan and Georgia in relation to the secessionist entities. The option
of secession would however be excluded. Power structures would be essentially
horizontal rather than vertical with only very thin union structures. Asymmetric relations
would be provided, notably in the case of Nagorno-Karabakh with co-ethnic Armenia.
Refugees (or IDPs) would be able to return to such areas as the Azeri provinces occupied
by Armenian forces and the southern region of Abkhazia.
- A new regional security order, in which the settlements of the conflicts would see
monitoring and enforcement for a while by military units from OSCE member states,
under an OSCE umbrella.
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- A South Caucasus Community (SCC) would be initiated, concentrating initially on
scrapping of course the present blockades, then a free trade area and general trade
facilitation, and on regional transport and energy infrastructures and networks.
- The SCC would also offer a distinct role to the autonomous entities (Nagorno Karabakh,
Abkhazia and South Ossetia) in their fields of competence alongside the three states of
Three chapters dedicated to wider regional cooperation:
- Enhanced cooperation in the Black Sea-Caucasus-Caspian region, strengthening existing
organisations such as BSEC;
- Development of an EU-Russia ‘Southern Dimension’ cooperative concept, following the
useful launch of the Northern Dimension;
- Completion of missing elements in the international legal environment for the energy
sector, such as for the Caspian seabed and the Energy Charter Treaty (Russian ratification
awaited) and its transit protocol for pipelines.
Altogether this would amount to a paradigm shift for the region. All parties were interested to
discuss these ideas, but in our consultations the response frequently was ‘it would be fine, but
can it really happen?’ More precisely it was questioned whether various vested interests
really wanted resolution of the conflicts, both at the level of the secessionist regions, and geopolitically
as regards Russia. It was questioned whether either the EU or US were seriously
interested in the region. The EU was preoccupied with the Balkans. The US was seemingly
interested mostly in the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline as a geo-political move to strengthen
Western orientations. In essence, many people judged that the status quo of frozen conflicts
and blockaded borders had the properties of a (nasty) political economy equilibrium, with the
external powers too divided or disinterested to change that.
Against this sceptical view, there was the compelling logic that a settlement of the conflicts
and a new cooperative system could improve the welfare of the people of the region, or at
least open the way for positive developments and hope for the future.
Around the end of 2000, there were some developments of importance that gave some hope
to Stability Pact advocates, but some worries as well.
- The EU shifted its position from ignoring the Caucasus under the French Presidency to
organising in February 2001 a Swedish-led Troika visit, including Chris Patten and
Javier Solana as well as the Swedish Foreign Minister, signalling an upgrading of the
region in the EU’s priorities, and a specific interest in conflict resolution.
- At the same time Turkey succeeded in organising a semi-official seminar in Istanbul
bringing together for the first time all the 3+3+2 at senior official level along with
independent experts to discuss stabilisation and regional cooperation in the Caucasus.
- Meanwhile, however, Russia’s diplomacy towards the region had gone on the offensive,
most sharply by punishing Georgia for its alleged uncooperativeness over Chechen
freedom fighters taking refuge in the Pankisi Gorge region. Russian measures included
switching gas supplies off and on during the winter, and introducing discriminatory visa
requirements for Georgians to enter Russia, except for residents of secessionist Abkhazia
and South Ossetia.
- Meetings between Aliev and Kocharian continued throughout the last year at frequent
intervals in pursuit of agreement over Nagorno Karabakh. In April 2001, there was a
special summit in Florida for the two leaders with the three Minsk Group co-chairs (US,
Russia and France). This signalled some activism in this affair by President Bush, and
produced a near-breakthrough. The Minsk Group is now mandated to submit a full peace
proposal for a June meeting in Geneva, and it is even being suggested that an historic
signing ceremony be arranged in the margins of the G8 summit in Genoa in July.
This is a new situation. Let us suppose that Nagorno Karabakh is settled, the indications
being that the solution would be rather along the lines suggested in the second CEPS
document, with a fuzzy, horizontal constitutional arrangement for Nagorno Karabakh, the
return of the occupied territories, and assurances of strategic passages for road transport both
over Lachin corridor for Armenia and through the Megri district connecting Azerbaijan and
its exclave province Nakichevan. Then there would surely be a programme of reconstruction
and assistance for refugee return, and financial support for restoring the East-West transport
axes for road and rail. This would probably extend also to new oil and gas pipelines on the
The next question would then be whether or how a peace settlement and deblockading of
Abkhazia might be agreed, so as to transform the whole South Caucasus region into a zone of
peace, reconciliation and reconstruction. The problem is that the situation in Abkhazia and
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the current status of Georgian-Abkhaz and Georgian-Russian relations are all very bad. The
Abkhaz leadership feels no incentive to negotiate with Georgia, since ‘Russia is bigger and
protects us’, to use the wording of the Abkhaz leadership. Russia itself seems divided over its
South Caucasus policy. Working cooperatively in the Minsk Group now over Nagorno
Karabakh, the message seems to be that Russia wants a settlement there. The message for
Abkhazia seems to be that Russia is happy with a situation of creeping unstated annexation of
the territory (already in the rouble area, with Russian military presence, Russian citizenship
available, visa regime discrimination against other Georgians, etc.). This Abkhazia policy
follows old-style geo-political thinking, where the priority is to maximise influence to the
point of domination, if not annexation. For Russian policy-makers, however, there are also
arguments going the other way. One is that the miserable, de-populated and blockaded
economic condition of Abkhazia is itself a policy with no respectable future. Secondly Russia
has itself a clear interest in attaching a North-South axis to the East-West Silk Road, with the
latter likely to be reconstructed and modernised following a Nagorno Karabakh settlement.
Russia has an interest in establishing connections by efficient land routes with an improving
South Caucasus economy and with the major Turkish and Iranian markets. The tourist
economy of Abkhazia, especially if opened up alongside the Ajarian coastline linking
through to Turkey, is also of interest for Russian consumers. Finally Russia could envisage a
more successful South Caucasus generating positive economic and political spillover benefits
for the Northern Caucasus.
The key therefore is whether Russia can be persuaded to shift its view of its own national
interest away from old-style geo-political conceptions towards modern economic, social and
political objectives. It is a question of what is to be maximised. Geo-political and military
occupation and control of (miserably poor) peripheral territories versus joining in
international development programmes, which would yield benefits for the welfare of the
citizens of Abkhazia, including returning refugees, as well as for the Russian business sector
in its trade beyond its Southern frontier, and for Russia citizens who would have a renewed
Black Sea tourist facility to enjoy. If Russia saw the advantage of making this paradigm shift
in its policy, then the way would open to complete the assembly of a comprehensive
programme of recovery for the South Caucasus as sketched in the CEPS Stability Pact
document. The pay-off for the rest of Europe would be important also for other reasons. If
Russia made this paradigm shift, it would amount to a new learning experience for Russia,
the EU and the wider Europe about the value of cooperation versus competition.
EU Strategies for Its Near Abroad
There are implications for strategic re-thinking of policies not only on the Russian side,
however, but also for the EU. The proliferation of regional initiatives for overlapping border
regions of the EU, including Stability Pacts, calls for a clarification of the paradigm
governing EU policy towards the wider Europe beyond EU enlargement. These regional
initiatives in fact contrast with and challenge the prime paradigm of EU policy towards its
neighbours, which stresses:
- the distinction between being in or out as full member states, and
- EU multilateralism for the ins, and bilateral relations for the outs.
The disadvantage of this model is that it renews the divisions of Europe, and risks that
disappointment on the part of the excluded will feed the processes of divergence dynamics. In
its starkest form, the transition process for the excluded is not sustained, and leads the small
and weak states into ethnic-cleansing conflicts, kleptocracies and virtual chaos. For the big
excluded state, Russia, the tendency is towards xenophobic nationalism and the drive to
reconsolidate its near abroad according to its own realpolitik rules.
An alternative paradigm would:
- de-emphasise the differences between the ins and outs, and
- emphasise multilateralism in the border regions.
These alternative strategies are of fundamental importance for the future of Europe. The first
set pushes the EU increasingly towards a state with clearly delimited territory, citizenship and
powers. The second set sees a Europe with fuzzy frontiers, the EU voluntarily offering to
export its policies for application to the neighbours, reducing perceptions of exclusion,
although still limiting participation in key political bodies. Some call this alternative the neomedieval
empire (although the model would surely include the Greek and Roman empires),3
i.e. one with a fuzzy set of peripheral associates, rather than an EU that becomes a clear-cut
European neo-Westphalian state. Which of these alternative paradigms is to dominate, since
the outcome is surely going to be a blend rather than a pure case? This is a major aspect of
the emerging ‘on the future of Europe’, debate but one that has not yet been brought out
sufficiently clearly. What is clear is that the member states at the periphery – be it Finland to
3 J. Zielonka, Enlargement and the Finality of European Integration, Jean Monnet Working Paper 7/00, Harvard
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the North or Greece to the South-East – look for substantial regional dimensions to the EU’s
periphery policies, whereas the institutional status quo of ideas, legal regulations and
administrative structures prefer the neo-Westphalian model, leaving the regional initiatives
with more symbolism than substance. This mindset may need to change if the stability of the
European periphery is to be achieved.
Above all, what we can observe now is an increasing tendency for the EU and Russian near
abroads to come closer together, and even overlap. Will they embrace in cooperation or
collide in competition? Some Russia commentators stress the model of symmetry and equal
partners between the two big European entities. Such is the precise argument of Dmitri
Danilov,4 who discusses the Stability Pact propositions in terms of the EU setting the rules
for the Balkans, and Russia for the Caucasus. At issue here is the fact that the two big
European entities are not really symmetrical, with the EU being bigger, richer and
representing a more attractive political model, whereas Russia is able to deploy energy plus
military strengths. Given these asymmetries, the EU clearly dominates in the Balkans. But
could the EU and Russia (and indeed the US which sustains a leading role in the Minsk
Group) find common cause in a cooperative action in the South Caucasus? If so, that would
be a pact of substance.
In summary there are four conclusions:
1. The Stability Pact, as a generic type of international action, has a serious rationale.
2. The Balkan Stability Pact served a certain purpose while Milosevic was still there. But
now that EU integration has become the clear destination for the whole of the region, the
Stability Pact should be restructured, downsized and integrated better with the EU.
3. A substantial Caucasus Stability Pact is looking increasingly relevant, although if enacted
its name will be different.
4. There is a case for EU policies for its near abroad to be shifted in balance, with less
bilateralism and discrimination between the ins and outs, and more emphasis on regional
multilateralism for all classes of neighbour.
4 See Michael Emerson, “A Russian View of a Stability Pact for the Caucasus”, CEPS Commentary –
Borderland Europe No. 5, February 2001, on www.ceps.be.
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