Articles on Western Balkans

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.

Pastiche politics: Macedonia, democracy and the faltering journey to Europe (Commentary)

Francisco de Borja Lasheras - 09 December 2016

This weekend’s parliamentary elections in Macedonia are, ironically, an exercise in strengthening anti-democratic forces.

Bosnia and Herzegovina – limping on: time for a new international approach (Commentary)

Jessie Hronesova, Adis Merdzanovic, Kalypso Nicolaidis - 29 January 2016

The US and EU have the political instruments to help direct Bosnia and Herzegovina towards stability and democracy - they should use them

Refugee road to nowhere: the Western Balkans (Commentary)

Vessela Tcherneva & Fredrik Wesslau - 30 October 2015

The refugee crisis is placing a huge strain on the countries of the Western Balkans – the EU cannot afford for them to break.

EU should bring the Western Balkans into the refugee relocation scheme (Commentary)

Fredrik Wesslau - 21 September 2015

The Western Balkans are becoming a de facto holding centre for refugees -  they should be included in the relocation scheme.

Europe unchained: new realities for external energy policy (Commentary)

Jarosław Wiśniewski - 13 August 2015

New foreign policy developments - including the Iran deal - may help free Europe from the shackles of Russian energy dependence

Is the EU losing the Western Balkans? What local experts think (Commentary)

Francisco de Borja Lasheras & Vessela Tcherneva - 05 August 2015

Why the EU's disengaged enlargement approach has stalled forward momentum in the Western Balkans.