Articles on Western Balkans

The price of normalisation: Serbia, Kosovo, and a risky border deal (Commentary)

Vessela Tcherneva - 13 November 2018

This is the time for EU and its member states to push for solutions to the Serbia-Kosovo landswap that have domestic support and that enhance wider stability in the region

Macedonia’s looming war of interpretations (Commentary)

Vessela Tcherneva - 28 September 2018

A clear majority in favour of the name deal in the referendum on September 30 would help to relieve tensions in the Balkans

Breaking old habits in the Balkans (Commentary)

Robert Cooper - 26 September 2018

Opinions cost nothing, but it is not our opinions that matter - let's not take sides before we know what has been proposed

Trump cannot bring Europe and China together (Commentary)

François Godement - 06 July 2018

Donald Trump’s attack on the international trading system is changing the EU's relationship with China

Trump vs. EU: The dead end of the normative approach (Commentary)

Vessela Tcherneva - 04 July 2018

A divided EU - with an unstable Germany, a UK on its way out and renegade central eastern member states - is only of interest to the US as an ally in competition with Russia and China

Macron's European ambition begins in the Balkans (Commentary)

Loïc Tregoures - 03 July 2018

Emmanuel Macron’s attempts to block accession of Macedonia and Albania to the EU have nothing to do with the Western Balkans, and everything to do with the European elections

The hazards of haste: EU migration policy under pressure (Commentary)

Daniel Stefanov - 27 June 2018

The 22 June migration mini-summit only underlined differences of national approaches to the crisis - but it will take creative thinking to solve it 

Power words: Europe’s stake in the Macedonian name dispute (Commentary)

Daniel Stefanov & Vessela Tcherneva - 14 June 2018

By actively supporting Macedonia and Greece to settle their name conflict, the EU could energise other countries of the Western Balkans to engage in democratic reforms, while also strengthening their economic outlook – and counter an assertive Russia.

A new approach for western Balkans enlargement (Commentary)

Hannes Swoboda & Maria Eleni Koppa - 13 June 2018

A three-step approach on a “more for more” basis will bring the EU and the countries of the western Balkans closer together.

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.