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December 1, 2011 | 10 Steps Towards a New Approach for the Balkans

As the past decade’s global war on terror and economic troubles push the Balkans further and further down the agenda, significant gains in peace and stability in the region are under threat. Whereas EU accession has long …More

July 18, 2011 | Serbia Forges a New European Identity

Elizabeth Pond: After years of resentment aimed at the West, Serbia has developed a distinctly pro-EU stance. The EU model of soft power and prosperity has led Serbia to a turning point in its relations with not only the European institutions, but also its neighbors in the historically turbulent Balkan region. …More

September 13, 2010 | Serbia and EU: A Way Forward on Kosovo

The EU has succeeded in convincing the Serbs not to place a resolution before the UN general assembly on the topic of the Kosovo. ++ The Serbs had intended to ask the assembly to condemn Kosovo’s independence as an incidence of …More

June 2, 2010 | EU: Do Not Forsake the Balkans

Divisions within the EU over whether to let the various Balkan countries join the union are highly counterproductive. ++ They undermine the EU’s creditability as well as the reform process in the region. This may even lead to an escalation …More

May 18, 2010 | Growing Instabilities in Bosnia

Niall Mulchinock: The issue of Bosnia needs to figure more prominently on the transatlantic agenda as tensions resulting from the ongoing Butmir process could potentially turn violent. The partnership between the EU and NATO needs to be strengthened in order to deal with the possibility of outbreaks of violence in the region. …More

September 2, 2009 | EU and Turkey to Mediate Balkan Tensions

Memo 18: More than a decade after the Dayton Agreement West Balkan countries are fighting over EU membership and against the resurgence of nationalist forces. These factors presently contribute to the emergence of renewed conflict potential. The European Union and Turkey have a key role to play as mediators. …More

August 7, 2009 | Is the EU Suffering From 'Visa Liberalization Fatigue'?

Rudi Guraziu: The EU seems to have made its political decision as far as visa liberalization for the West Balkans is concerned. However, by excluding the two nations who have suffered the most during the conflict it risks stability in the region. …More

August 7, 2009 | How Will Europe Protect Itself Against the Nationalist Virus?

Wolfgang R Stock: Slovenia and Greece are currently preventing Croatia and Macedonia, two politically and economically stable countries, from entering the European Union. This blockade is unjustified and a violation against the highest principles of the EU. Brussels must cease from its indifference and act on this. …More

August 6, 2009 | The Blocked Bloc

Tomislav Marsic : The recent Slovenian veto to an advancement of EU accession negotiations with Croatia accompanied by Greek efforts to constrain any EU-Macedonian rapprochement have deeply altered the inter-state relations of all involved. European solidarity and long-term strategic thinking are crucial to repairing the increasingly fragile bonds. …More

August 5, 2009 | Kosovo: Balkan Success Story and Future EU Member?

Elizabeth Pond: The Kosovar State has so far been successful in the most pressing challenges facing the country since its secession from Serbia. However, excessive political interference with societal institutions alludes to the long way of development and improvement ahead. …More

August 4, 2009 | Solving Europe's Bosnia Crisis

Daniel Korski: If there is one thing the EU is proud of, it is the bloc’s Balkan record. From a region torn apart in the mid-1990s, a new one has emerged. However, progress in Bosnia-Herzegovina has ceased. It will take a clear aim and a tougher EU approach for Bosnian politicians to start behaving responsibly and building a state that has a future in Europe. …More

August 3, 2009 | Could Current Conflicts Spark a New Balkan War?

Editorial Team: The delicate power equilibrium in the West Balkans is currently far from the media’s spotlights. But rising tensions in Bosnia, the Croatian-Slovenian conflict, and Kosovo’s still fragile democracy all suggest that Europe’s political powder keg cannot be ignored. Atlantic Community has therefore initiated this Theme Week, featuring international Balkans experts. …More


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