Articles on Western Balkans

Serbia’s coronavirus diplomacy unmasked (Commentary)

Majda Ruge & Janka Oertel - 26 March 2020

The Serbian president has exploited the EU’s internal divisions to insult the bloc and legitimise his policies, as well as his courtship of authoritarian partners.


European Green Deal: Bring in the Western Balkans (Commentary)

Julian Popov - 20 December 2019

The Western Balkans can play an important part in maximising the impact of the European Green Deal – but the EU will need to find ways to fully involve these countries.


French connections: How to revitalise the EU enlargement process (Commentary)

Vessela Tcherneva - 11 December 2019

The new French EU enlargement reform proposal is a reasonable attempt to overcome the debate about Macron’s recent veto. 

Hopes for the future dashed: Balkans security after the French veto (Commentary)

Beáta Huszka - 14 November 2019

The European Council’s failure to open accession negotiations with North Macedonia and Albania could mark a turning point for peace in the Western Balkans.

After the French veto: The new scramble for the Western Balkans (Commentary)

Vessela Tcherneva & Tara Varma - 25 October 2019

Without a credible path to EU membership, the Western Balkans could easily succumb to the lure of regional nationalism – and to generous Russian, Turkish, and Chinese offers in the EU’s own back yard.

Flatter and faster: New Western Balkans pathways to the EU (Commentary)

Milica Delevic, Tena Prelec - 24 October 2019

The French veto on North Macedonia EU membership shows that Brussels urgently needs a new approach to EU enlargement

Borrell will face centrifugal forces in the Balkans (Commentary)

Vessela Tcherneva - 10 October 2019

The future high representative recognises the scale of the geopolitical challenge in the Balkans. But it won’t be up to him alone to meet this challenge.

Taking on climate change: The new east-west divide? (Commentary)

Marin Lessenski - 04 October 2019

The Green New Deal is the incoming European Commission’s lead priority. But it may struggle to battle on so many fronts at once.

Borrell in the Western Balkans (Commentary)

Petrit Selimi - 09 August 2019

Borrell will need to add depth to his dialogue team to ensure a comprehensive deal between Kosovo and Serbia 

Europe’s new agenda in the Western Balkans (Commentary)

Vessela Tcherneva - 07 August 2019

The main message for the Western Balkans is clear: countries in the region need to demonstrate a sufficient level of political governance before any technical process of EU accession can begin.