French connections: How to revitalise the EU enlargement process
Vessela Tcherneva- 11/12/2019
The new French EU enlargement reform proposal is a reasonable attempt to overcome the debate about Macron’s recent veto.
Host Mark Leonard has an intimate discussion with our heads of offices from Sofia and Warsaw, Vessela Tcherneva and Piotr Buras about their experiences, hopes and dreams during the transition times of the 1990s. How did their life and future change the minute the Berlin Wall fell? What are this generation’s thoughts 30 years later and predications for Europe in the coming 30 years?
This podcast was recorded on 21 November 2019.
- "The light that failed" by Ivan Krastev
- "Bulgaria under Communism" by Ivaylo Znepolski et al.
- "Reflections on a ravaged century" by Robert Conquest
- "Die Welt braucht den Westen" by Thomas Kleine-Brockhoff
After the French veto: The new scramble for the Western Balkans
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.
North Macedonia and Albania wanted to start negotiations with the EU after having been candidate countries since 2005 and 2014. But the enlargement plans seemed to have stalled especially after opposition from France.
Host Mark Leonard is joined by Susi Dennison, José Ignacio Torreblanca and Vessela Tcherneva to get to the bottom of things and the divisions particularly between France and Germany on this issue.
The podcast as recorded on 17 October 2019.
- The Age of Surveillance Capitalism" by Shoshana Zuboff
- "Spring" by Ali Smith
- "The light that failed" by Ivan Krastev & Stephen Holmes
- "State of the Union" Miniseries on BBC Two
Borrell will face centrifugal forces in the Balkans
Vessela Tcherneva- 10/10/2019
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.
After the European Parliament election: Another chance to bridge Europe’s divides
Vessela Tcherneva- 24/06/2019
The recent European Parliamentary elections revealed that there is more to Europe's political geography than the traditional east-west divide
The price of normalisation: Serbia, Kosovo, and a risky border deal
Vessela Tcherneva- 13/11/2018
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
Mark Leonard speaks with Vessela Tcherneva and Robert Cooper about the contested result and how it might be solved.
Carnegie report on the Balkan wars
Safe Passage - The Transition from British to American Hegemony by Tori Schake
The Master and Margarita Reader’s Guide by Mikhail Bulgakov
The Age of Rubens: Diplomacy, Dynastic politics and the Visual Arts in Early 17th Century Europe
Breaking old habits in the Balkans by Robert Cooper
Macedonia’s looming war of interpretations by Vessela Tcherneva
Trump vs. EU: The dead end of the normative approach
Vessela Tcherneva- 04/07/2018
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
Power words: Europe’s stake in the Macedonian name dispute
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.