In 2019 we have witnessed a struggle for values and principles of freedom all around the world. The desire for a more dignified and prosperous life is common to all these activities. Although many examples of this struggle could be found around the world, this year will be remembered for the courage and determination of Hong Kong people who stood up for democratic principles and the right to freedom. Their clash is a reminder that the principles and values of liberty are under continuous assaults and that our mission in their defence has no end.
The Western Balkans countries confront many challenges too, and those could reshape the future of the region in the upcoming decade. Emigration represents the most challenging issue that all governments in the region would be dealing in the forthcoming year. Only in 2015, according to the data from the European Asylum Support Office, around 185,000 citizens from the Western Balkans countries applied for the asylum in Germany, among which 3,142 applicants were from Montenegro (The Herald of Freedom, Issue no. 5). An unstable political situation or war conflicts you would think to be among top reasons for massive emigration. Still, they are not — high unemployment rates, crony-economy, corruption and slow economic development are among the most mentioned reasons for leaving homes. Lack of political dialogue and accountability made it seem impossible to resolve these issues, although the solution may be very simple — strong and independent institutions.
Therefore, our mission in the forthcoming decade will be to educate and empower the future generations of independent thinkers around the Western Balkans region who would be bearers of the changes in economic and political paradigm. I want to thank you all for significant help and financial contribution that empower us to be the Lucha (a beam of light) in the region.
On behalf of the Global Communication Network, with the warmest appreciation, I extend our best wishes for a happy holiday season and a prosperous New Year. I wish you a pleasant and joyful upcoming holiday season and many more successes both on an individual and professional level.