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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 […]

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How strong are ties between Serbia and Russia?

The often called “Brotherhood” lays at the basis of the diplomatic relations between Serbia and Russia, both on regional and multilateral levels. For centuries, the two countries have been increasingly strengthening their ties. Originally from the common Slavic and Orthodox roots, they currently hold a strategic partnership. Both sides loyally back their respective positions trying […]

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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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Serb-Kosovar Relations: Where Are We At?

After 20 years of contention, the two countries still face mutual hostility. As the post-conflict context worsened on the local level, the international community has been increasingly stepping into the negotiation processes. Among the foreign actors involved, great role has been held by the EU for what concerns a potential formal agreement. The other two […]

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The respect for human rights in refugee camps on the Balkan route

Since the Balkan Route has become one of the different ways for the migrants to try to enter into the European continent, the countries of the Balkan area and the EU itself had to face several hard situations. After the establishment of the wire mesh on the border between Serbia and Hungary in 2018, the […]

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The migration crisis: between sovereignty and history

Since its beginning in April 2015, after the tragic events in the Mediterranean, the European migrations crisis has been dividing the old continent on many levels. The actions taken by Brussels have included the strengthening of the presence in the sea “to increase the search and rescue possibilities within the mandate of FRONTEX”[1]and the fighting […]

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Polish ‘Black Gold’ Is More Precious Than a Greener Future of the EU

Poland heavily depends on coal and belongs to the most polluting and CO2 emitting European countries. Not surprisingly, a majority of the most polluted EU’s cities are Polish. Despite toxic air, Warsaw is planning to open a new coal mine. It can appear being absurd in the light of environmental debates across Europe. In June, […]