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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 US beats the EU in Kosovo, and it may be a problem

by Thomas Romano* Albin Kurti’s fall ends the Atlantic consensus in Kosovo, and the consequences may be serious The fall of the government in Kosovo, on 25 March 2020, marked one of the lowest moments of EU’s foreign policy in the Western Balkans in recent times. 82 out of 120 MPs voted a no-confidence motion […]

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Montenegro and Turkey: a Special Relationship with a European Background

Since its independence in 2006, Montenegro has promptly started developing relations with the international community. Among its closest allies, Turkey definitely stands out. Particularly in recent years, its interests towards the Adriatic country increased in various fields such as culture, education and economy. Only last February, the Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu visited his counterpart […]

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The “16+1 Cooperation”: China’s door in Central-Eastern Europe

*This article is an excerpt of the author’s Master’s Degree thesis, discussed on 2 July 2019 at the University of Florence. Chinese relations with Central and Eastern Europe Countries (CEECs) have seen an improvement in the past three decades. After the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and the subsequent collapse of the Soviet […]

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Does “mini Schengen” herald a new dawn of cooperation or is it a political theatre?

A week before the EU veto on the talks on the membership negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia, the head of diplomacy of Albania, North Macedonia, Serbia and Montenegro met to talk about a regional initiative that was nicknamed “mini Schengen”. The Western Balkan countries want to create their own version of the European Union’s […]

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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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EU and China in BiH: Whose Support Costs More?

Twenty-four years have passed since the war ended, however Bosnia and Herzegovina is still taking its steps toward social and economic stability. Surrounded by quasi-friend countries, it has been trying to pursue any alternative way for reaching its purposes. In 2016, Bosnia and Herzegovina presented its application for EU membership. From that moment on, the […]