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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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European integration Governance and Multilateralism

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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European integration Governance and Multilateralism

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’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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European integration Governance and Multilateralism

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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The Albanian Unrest: A new hurdle in the path of European integration?

Weeks of political and social unrest in Albania. The opposition parties have jointly organized protests in the streets of Tirana in front of the main institutional buildings, asking for the resignation of the Prime Minister Edi Rama and for early elections. On the other hand, the head of government has denied all accusations of links […]