Following the adoption of the necessary legislation in 2002,[i] the former state broadcaster RTCG was transformed into a public service broadcaster.

 In early 2016, in the Serbian province of Vojvodina, the regional public service broadcaster RT of Vojvodina was put under direct control of the central government. In Croatia, an EU member, the national broadcaster HRT underwent a radical reshuffling of key personnel and changes to editorial policy only a few months after the new conservative government took office in late 2015.

Much of the recent debate is about the transparency and accessibility of both primary data collected by researchers and secondary sources they may use in their work. Another consideration is that many of the foremost political science journals are updating their standards to include principles about raw data and replication.

While the ongoing migrant crisis tests the bonds between member states, control over the enlargement process is also becoming increasingly nationalized – with national legislatures and governments of EU member states playing a stronger role than ever – at the cost of a unified EU policy towards the accession of the Western Balkans.

A number of institutions dedicated to social research[i], especially those dedicated to research that depends upon human participation, regularly publish and update their ethical standards. As an example, we can highlight the code of the American Psychological Association , which is the most popular ethical code currently in use within the social sciences.