Future EU 22-06-2022

Without qualified majority voting EU enlargement has no future

Many believe introducing qualified majority would require an arduous treaty change, but this is not true. If qualified majority is not introduced in the EU enlargement decision-making, the whole process will die, write Srdjan Cvijic and Zoran Nechev.

The Brief – Beware of unkept promises

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has revived Europe's enlargement, a process that has been deemed dead. Now EU member states need to keep it alive.

What is at stake at the EU summit – not only for Ukraine

Ukraine’s EU candidate status is pivotal for a united Europe and strengthened pan-European leadership, write Yuliya Tyshchenko, Volodymyr Lupatsiy, Oleh Saakyan, and Oleksandr Moskalets.

The Brief – EU summit seeks kamikaze

The 23-24 June EU summit is likely to be remembered for enlargement, namely the granting of candidate status to Ukraine and Moldova. But something is missing for the total success of the leaders’ gathering to be declared.


The Brief – Western Balkans riddle

EU heads of state and government will meet with the leaders of the six Western Balkan membership hopefuls on 23 June. But what does “Western Balkans” even mean?
Europe's East 09-06-2022

The Brief – The Great Communicator

The war in Ukraine has elevated Volodymyr Zelenskyy, until recently a political outsider, to the status of a great leader of the Ukrainians and a symbol of courage for the whole world.
Europe's East 08-06-2022

The Brief – Turkey’s strategic ambiguity

Since the beginning of Russia's war in Ukraine, Turkey has repeatedly tried to act as a mediator, but what does Ankara hope to win from it?

The Brief – Looking east

The centre of Europe is in the east. That, at least, was the abiding message of the gathering of Europe’s liberal parties in Dublin at the end of last week.

The Brief – An alternative to accession

Politics, famously, is the art of the possible. And the EU’s history suggests that when major reforms are rushed through, be it enlarging the bloc or introducing the single currency, a significant price is paid a few years later.

The Brief – Russia’s hub in the heart of Europe

The European Union has gone to great lengths to sanction Russia over its military aggression against Ukraine and the war crimes committed there. Some of the sanctions are very painful for EU countries, as many of them depend on Russian...

Eastern Europe’s experience can help EU’s future enlargement

Hesitation about EU enlargement is short-sighted and potentially very dangerous, as this year's events have shown. The bloc's enlargement must be conceived of and executed as a geopolitical expansion, write Pavlína Janebová and Pavel Havlicek.

The Brief – The cost of not solving the Bulgarian veto

Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine is reshaping how the EU conducts its enlargement policy. That will put additional pressure on Bulgaria to lift its veto on neighbouring North Macedonia's EU accession negotiations.
Europe's East 09-05-2022

Three imperilled neighbours on this Europe Day

The European Union has to decide its future also by responding to the latest calls for EU membership from Ukraine and the two other Associated states, Georgia and Moldova, writes Tinatin Akhvlediani.

The Brief – Reinventing EU enlargement

The war in Ukraine is urging us to rethink many EU policies. One of them is EU enlargement.
Global Europe 05-04-2022

Will ‘Postpolitik’ replace ‘Ostpolitik’?

The policy of pragmatic coexistence with autocratic Russia is now recycled in the hands of Russia’s ‘Trojan horses’ in the EU and Vučić’s Serbia, writes Radan Kanev.
Eastern Europe 04-04-2022

Associate memberships revisited: How to get the EU enlargement policy right

The alternative to a decades-long EU enlargement process would be to revive a concept discussed at the turn of the millennium: Associate memberships as a preliminary stage to full membership writes Andreas Wittkowsky.
Disinformation 31-03-2022

Social media companies must increase regulation of their platforms to enable democracy in Serbia

Elections in Serbia and an explosion of pro-Russian disinformation show why manipulation of social media in the Balkans by state actors is now a critical issue for Europe, writes Antoinette Nikolova.

Brave New Europe?!

For a long time now, there has been a dichotomy between methodology and the political aspects of the EU integration, which is put to the test now with the calls for fast-track EU membership of Ukraine and the tortoise pace of accession of the Western Balkans, writes Majlinda Bregu.

Russian support for Serbia no longer possible

Since 24 February, when Russia invaded Ukraine, Serbia can no longer afford to maintain a policy of simultaneous closeness both with the West and Russia, writes Orhan Dragaš.

Responding to Putin’s war by granting candidate status to Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia

The requests from Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia for acceding to the EU were presented as matters of extreme urgency. Although the EU’s normal accession process is long, an immediate and strategic response is needed, an international group of analysts write.

Is Ukraine’s future in Europe?

The European Union should simultaneously declare that it considers Ukraine a European state eligible for membership and recommit to liberal democratic values as the foundation of European integration, writes Daniel C. Thomas.

Serbia’s loyalty to Putin threatens renewed conflict in the heart of Europe

The Balkans’ “Little Russia” cannot be appeased anymore, as Putin plans to destabilise the region through Russia’s historic ally, Serbia, writes Faton Tony Bislimi, PhD.

Chess player Vucic is considering his next moves

Serbian President Alexandar Vucic is reportedly good at chess. In politics, too, he is doing well: despite being accused of authoritarianism, monopolising the media, and frequently changing his opinion, his power seems unshakable, writes Svetla Miteva.

Serbia elects amid crisis of democracy

Two years later, the officially stated reasons for the extraordinary elections in Serbia are proving that the parties that boycotted the 2020 election were right, writes Aleksandra Tomanić.