Black Coffee Morning: The Euro Crisis and the Western Balkans: what next for enlargement?
Dimitar Bechev, Senior Policy Fellow and Head of the ECFR Sofia office
Laza Kekic, Regional Director for Europe and Director for Country Forecasting Services, Economist Intelligence Unit
Dr Vesna Bojicic-Dzelilovic, Senior Research Fellow, LSE
The euro crisis has not killed enlargement but has been relegating the Western Balkans region to the outermost circle in a multi-speed Europe. Why is the EU, despite its own problems, still the solution for the region and how can it assist it?
Dimitar Bechev is Senior Policy Fellow and Head of the ECFR Sofia office. Dimitar is a Region Head for Central and Eastern Europe at Oxford Analytica. He was a Research Fellow at Oxford's European Studies Centre and held a lectureship in International Relations at Worcester College, Oxford. He is the author ‘The Periphery of the Periphery: The Western Balkans and the Euro Crisis’.
Laza Kekic is Regional Director for Europe and Director for Country Forecasting Services at the Economist Intelligence Unit. He is also the main editor of the acclaimed World Investment Prospects annual report. He has written extensively for the Economist Intelligence Unit and other outlets.
Dr Vesna Bojicic-Dzelilovic is Senior Research Fellow at the Department of International Development at the LSE. Her main area of research is political economy of conflict and post-conflict reconstruction, political economy of policy making and decentralisation and regional development with a focus on South East Europe. She is currently working on a multi-year DfID project on Governance, Justice and Security in Conflict- affected Situations.
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