Enlargement Archives

  • Reversing negative trends in the EU’s neighbourhood policy

    Global Europe 22-11-2017

    With the Eastern Partnership (EaP) Summit this Friday (24 November) and the Bulgarian Presidency in January 2018, the EU is at a juncture where it can reverse a very negative trend and breathe new life in its neighbourhood policy, Harry Nedelcu writes.

  • EU enlargement: Tear down mental walls in the Balkans

    05-10-2017

    Last week the European Commission dealt another blow to the Western Balkans by promising an accession strategy for Montenegro and Serbia while neglecting the other four Balkan countries, Hashim Thaçi, the president of Kosovo, writes in an exclusive op-ed for EURACTIV.

  • Two ways to settle the border issue between Slovenia and Croatia

    08-09-2017

    The international arbitration court decision is balanced and reasonable and Slovenians and Croats should be able to live with it, writes Žiga Turk.

  • Turkish-EU relations need common sense

    Global Europe 14-07-2017

    We are living in a world of vast differences and constant changes, yet there is often opportunity to be considered in our approaches in order to tackle the negatives and highlight the positives, writes Egemen Bagis.

  • EU enlargement: A six percent target for the Western Balkans

    11-07-2017

    If the Western Balkans are to overcome almost three decades of economic stagnation and crisis, they will need to double their annual growth rates. This will need a fundamental rethink of the EU’s enlargement policy, argue Tobias Flessenkemper and Dušan Reljić.

  • Kosovo lurches to nationalism as Brussels lets down its friends

    16-06-2017

    Elections in the West Balkans are never easy. Federica Mogherini might consider intervening now on the side of the pro-European forces in Kosovo, writes Denis MacShane.

  • Croatia at a crossroads

    Future EU 19-05-2017

    Croatia’s geostrategic position in the Balkans means the rest of Europe should pay attention to this weekend’s elections, writes Tomislav Karamarko.

  • Dashing Turkey’s EU hopes is the wrong answer

    05-05-2017

    Following Turkey’s constitutional referendum many were quick to announce the end of democracy in Turkey. But Laura Batalla Adam argues that this is a narrow and incomplete reading of the results.

  • Kosovo needs a new beginning

    05-05-2017

    In Kosovo, far too much time has been spent on issues like border demarcation. Delivering peace instead of war is one thing but that is not enough when young people want a good education and their parents want jobs, warns Kosovar politician Kadri Veseli.

  • Turkey-EU relations deteriorate from gentleman’s agreement to sanctions rhetoric

    Europe's East 14-04-2017

    The EU and Turkey should focus on working together, as they have both already proven that they are capable of doing so. The Customs Agreement and Visa Liberalisation frameworks are a good starting point, writes Ahmet Ceran.

  • EU-Turkey relations need structural solution

    Europe's East 11-04-2017

    EU-Turkey relations were boosted in the mid-1990s, when economic ties were upgraded and the 1995 Customs Union Agreement came into effect. Its benefits were widespread. It now needs reform to continue doing good, writes Samuel Doveri Vesterbye.

  • Now is not the time to isolate Belarus

    Global Europe 28-03-2017

    The EU can encourage change in Belarus by offering support and closer ties. Punitive moves to sever ties with Minsk will undo much of the progress that has already been made, writes Igor Merheim-Eyre.