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Bulgaria’s veto on the enlargement process: yet another stop for North Macedonia

On  November 17th Bulgaria’s Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva rejected talks over North Macedonia’s entry into the European Union due to Bulgarian claims regarding historic and linguistic origins. The veto is yet another blockade for North Macedonia’s accession bid. After France decided to lift its veto to the start of the accession negotiations and after the […]

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EU-Balkans: European Commission presents the “enlargement package”. Results achieved and obstacles to future membership

On 6th October 2020, the European Commission adopted the “Communication on EU enlargement policy and the 2020 Enlargement Package”, the report in which the European Commission assesses the implementation of fundamental reforms in the Western Balkans and Turkey. The EU Commissioner for neighborhood and enlargement policies, Mr. Olivér Várhelyi, emphasized the improvement of the relationships […]

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A greener future for Western Balkans: how far we are now?

At the end of 2019 Von der Leyen’ Commission has launched its European Green Deal as its new growth strategy. Within this ambitious initiative that will impact the European Union and its neighbourhood, at what stage are the Western Balkans on their path towards environmental protection? Environmental issues have become nowadays matters of national importance […]

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The EU and the new geopolitics of inclusion: what has recently changed in the Balkans?

On the 6th of May, all the EU Member States and six Western Balkan countries held the Zagreb Summit. The intent of the meeting was to examine a European perspective toward the Western Balkans and their future in the EU.[1] [2] Originally arranged to take place in Zagreb, Covid-19 emergency led the EU and states’ […]

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Orbán’s new move: fight a pandemic by undermining the rule of law?

Throughout history, pandemics have regularly resulted in an expansion of state powers; this is exactly what is happening now in one of the 27 member states of the European Union. Indeed, the Prime Minister of Hungary Viktor Orbán is taking advantage of the epidemic to strengthen his authoritarian control over the nation. While it is […]

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The EU’s new accession strategy: driving the enlargement process forward, for real?

After few months from the European Council’s decision to not open accession negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia, the European Commission has come up with a revised enlargement strategy, in order to convince skeptical Member States of the Union to rekindle the enlargement process. Even if the Commission’s purpose to re-establish a credible EU perspective […]

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Yet another delay: North Macedonia’s tortuous road towards the international recognition

On October 2019 the European Council failed again to agree on opening EU accession talks with Western Balkans countries. Macron’s veto has caused disappointment and dejection especially in North Macedonia, which is now standing at a crossroads. Last week The European Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Olivér Várhelyi presented the proposal for a revised accession […]

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The EU stops the talks with the Western Balkans: what consequences?

During the last month, the European Union decided to block Albania and North Macedonia from starting membership talks. The decision came after the “Non” said by several countries including France and Spain, and it is considered by Senior EU official, like the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Junker, as a “grave historic mistake”1. The […]

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Council’s failure to open membership talks with North Macedonia and Albania: a defeat for the European enlargement project?

On October 18, the enlargement process suffered a setback, due to the European Council’s failure to agree on opening EU accession talks with North Macedonia and Albania. France’s veto has caused massive disappointment within the European Union and especially in the countries affected by this decision. What consequences will this delay have on the enlargement […]

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European Parliament Elections 2019: what future for the EU?

During the last weekend, from Friday 23rd to Sunday 26th May, the citizens of the 28 Member States of the European Union voted for the renewal of the European Parliament. The 2019 European elections are characterized by a tough electoral campaign based mainly on issues such as immigration, nationalism and Euroscepticism. This has led most […]