European Politics and Institutions

Balkans Forum


EU enlargement to the Balkans: the show must go on
11 October 2012
Corina Stratulat (Senior Policy Analyst)

In this Commentary, Corina Stratulat calls on European politicians to start actively promoting EU enlargement to the Balkans.


Between the past and the future: unfinished business in the EU and the Balkans
26 June 2012
Rosa Balfour (Senior Adviser to EPC on Europe in the World)

With Montenegro receiving the green light to start accession negotiations, it is time to assess the status of the EU’s enlargement process. In this Commentary Rosa Balfour argues that despite some positive signals, there still is plenty of unfinished business to be dealt with in the EU and in the Balkans alike.


The end of the EU Police Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina: What lessons for the Common Security and Defence Policy?
13 June 2012
Eva Gross (External authors)

With the imminent closure of the EU Police Mission in Bosnia, Eva Gross examines its impact on the country, as well as broader implications and lessons learned for other EU Common Security and Defence Policy missions.


Opportunity knocks: can the EU help Albania to help itself?
22 March 2012
Corina Stratulat (Senior Policy Analyst) and Gjergji Vurmo (External authors)

In this Policy Brief, Corina Stratulat and Gjergji Vurmo warn that the window of opportunity to make progress on bringing Albania closer to the EU is closing ahead of upcoming general elections in the country in June 2013.


Enlargement to the Balkans: one step forward, two steps back
12 December 2011
Rosa Balfour (Senior Adviser to EPC on Europe in the World) and Corina Stratulat (Senior Policy Analyst)

Croatia’s signing of its EU Accession Treaty at last Friday’s European Summit was a step forward on enlargement policy. But the EU took two steps backwards when the member states postponed a decision on giving Serbia candidate status and Montenegro a date for the start of accession negotiations until the upcoming General Affairs Council in February and the European Council meeting in March, write Rosa Balfour and Corina Stratulat in this Commentary.


The democratic transformation of the Balkans
7 November 2011
Rosa Balfour (Senior Adviser to EPC on Europe in the World) and Corina Stratulat (Senior Policy Analyst)

In this Issue Paper, Rosa Balfour and Corina Stratulat argue that the EU can and should do more to strengthen the rule of law and public demands for substantive democracy in the Balkan region.


A regional approach to justice? Rethinking EU justice policies in conflict and transition
5 May 2011
Iavor Rangelov (External authors)

In this Policy Brief, Iavor Rangelov argues that the EU should develop its own regional approach to justice in conflict and transition.


Parliamentary elections in the Republic of Moldova: a three-way test
2 December 2010
Corina Stratulat (Senior Policy Analyst)

In this Commentary, Corina Stratulat argues that the result of the Republic of Moldova's recent elections poses a three-way test for the country, Russia and the EU.


A bridge over troubled borders: Europeanising the Balkans
8 November 2010
Rosa Balfour (Senior Adviser to EPC on Europe in the World) and Dijana Basic (External authors)

In this Policy Brief, issued on the eve of the adoption of new European Commission’s enlargement package on the progress of candidates for EU membership (9 November), Rosa Balfour and Dijana Basic examine the myriad border disputes simmering in the Balkans.


Constitutional reform in Bosnia and Herzegovina: preparing EU accession
22 April 2010
Florian Bieber (External authors)

Bosnia and Herzegovina, whose domestic situation has deteriorated continuously, should be a priority for a renewed strategy of engagement with the Balkans, says this EPC Policy Brief by Florian Bieber.


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