Articles on Western Balkans

Hungary in the EU: From front runner to veto player (Commentary)

Josef Janning - 04 April 2018

A convincing victory for Victor Orban will reinforce the Hungarian veto role in the EU. However, the country has only marginal influence beyond its neighbourhood on EU policies.

The EU as seen from Serbia (Commentary)

Prof.dr Tanja Miscevic - 14 March 2018

The EU has taken steps to protect itself from the risks of expansion, but must not lose sight of the value that countries like Serbia can add to the European project.

Balkans: On track for EU membership or stagnation? (Commentary)

Carl Bildt - 15 February 2018

Three sets of challenges will have to be overcome if any of the candidate countries are to become EU members in 2025.

Kosovo: The need for dialogue (Commentary)

Robert Cooper - 15 February 2018

The 10th anniversary of independence is a good moment for Kosovo to look forward and ask what sort of state it wants to be.

Overseeing Kosovo's conditional independence (Commentary)

Pieter Feith - 09 February 2018

The lesson of Kosovo's transition to independence is the value of the ‘ICO model’; a timebound mandate and a commitment to local ownership, transparency and respect.

Why Ukraine should become a Balkan country (Commentary)

G├╝nther Fehlinger and Andreas Umland - 29 January 2018

Ukrainian politicians, diplomats, journalists and intellectuals should start paying more attention to how the countries of South-Eastern Europe (SEE) are currently preparing for their entry into the European Union. Kyiv can accelerate its own European integration by entering a number of SEE cooperation formats specifically designed to prepare the Western Balkan states for their future EU membership. 

Curtain comes down on Balkan Hague tribunals (Commentary)

Francisco de Borja Lasheras - 13 December 2017

Many crimes remain unanswered for, but with the Hague phase essentially over, it is about time for the difficult process of reconciliation.

Resolving the Macedonian Name Dispute: Prospect for Transformative Mutual Recognition (Commentary)

Veton Latifi and Kalypso Nicolaidis - 12 December 2017

Greece and Macedonia need to distinguish between issues where they can agree to disagree and those where they need to agree.

What Europe can do for the Western Balkans (Commentary)

Vessela Tcherneva - 13 October 2017

It is high time for the EU to move beyond ‘stabilocracy’ and stand up to ethnic nationalist kleptocrat political leaders.

MacMeltdown: Understanding the political crisis in Macedonia (Commentary)

Vessela Tcherneva & Fredrik Wesslau - 05 May 2017

The ongoing crisis in Macedonia could become destabilizing for the region unless the EU takes more decisive action.