European Politics and Institutions

Balkans Forum

Serbia's accession process - Sound policymaking for sound EU membership
31 March 2014

Serbia formally opened accession negotiations with the European Union in January.

Serbia's accession process

Kosovo's stride towards the EU - Next steps towards visa liberalisation
16 January 2014

Kosovo is well on the way to delivering what is required by the European Commission to qualify for EU candidate status, expressed the country's Minister for European Integration, Vlora Citaku.

Kosovo's stride towards the EU

After Croatia - Re-energising EU enlargement policy on the Balkans
25 November 2013

There is growing concern that, following the "big bang" expansion in 2004, enlargement momentum is slowing. However, the Balkans enlargement drive is re-energising the whole process, with other countries in the accession waiting room "moving forward".

After Croatia

Albania and the EU - The new government's roadmap to 'candidate status'
22 November 2013

After two “Nos” in 2010 and 2011 and a conditional recommendation for ‘candidate status’ in 2012, Albania was finally given the green light by the European Commission for the candidate status on 16 October.

Albania and the EU

Kosovo - A game-changer for EU enlargement policy?
19 March 2013

If Kosovo is to progress towards closer integration with the EU, then much will depend on the future of relations between Pristina and Belgrade.

Kosovo - A game-changer for EU enlargement policy?

How should the EU handle bilateral disputes? Lessons from Croatia - Forum Meeting
4 March 2013

This forum meeting, in cooperation with the Democratization Policy Council (DPC), explored how the EU should deal more effectively with pending tensions in the Balkan region and ensure that the Balkan states become future 'good members'.

“Unity in diversity” – an EU motto fit for the Balkans
7 December 2012

Regional cooperation can boost economic development and spread prosperity across the Balkans.

Unity in diversity

To compromise or not to compromise? Albanian politicians between outdated dilemmas and European imperatives
3 September 2012

The recent polarisation of Albanian politics has seen the country waste a lot of time on its journey to potential EU accession, but the progress made in the last twenty years is striking, heard participants in a Policy Dialogue.


After the EU Police Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina – Lessons learned for the CSDP?
14 June 2012

Bosnia and Herzegovina is currently experiencing a delicate moment as the EU police mission there comes to an end, and participants in a Policy Dialogue discussed the lessons that can be drawn from the EU's involvement there.

EU Police Mission in B&H

Exiting the stalemate? Albania’s opportunity for a future with the EU - Forum meeting
27 March 2012

This forum meeting discussed what next steps Albania should take, following the vote on a national Action Plan that will be used to address the 12 key priorities set by the European Commission.

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