Enlargement Archives

  • 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.

  • Who provokes, who rules, who benefits?

    24-03-2017

    Turkey, or let us say the Turkish president and the government, continues losing prestige in the West with his aggressive and provocative approach. Zakir Gul asks, is Erdoğan paving the way for a one-man-rule presidency with the upcoming constitutional referendum in Turkey?

  • Forget Russia, new menace in Western Balkans is Trump-style populist politics

    20-03-2017

    A new menace is stalking the Western Balkans: the region's political leaders themselves. Many are now retreating from serious engagement with Europe in order to play internal political games, writes Denis MacShane.

  • Brussels’ Balkan approach: Little carrot, broken stick

    13-03-2017

    Once staunchly pro-EU, Kosovars are losing patience with Brussels, which they accuse of prioritising Serbian accession over their own sovereignty, warns the mayor of Kosovo’s capital, Shpend Ahmeti.

  • Balkan Mission Impossible for Mogherini

    Global Europe 03-03-2017

    Europe’s foreign policy supremo, Federica Mogherini, is off on a mission even more difficult than getting Iran and the US to agree their nuclear deal, writes Denis MacShane.

  • Resilient but shaky Bosnia marks a year since EU application

    Future EU 23-02-2017

    In the year since Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) submitted its formal application to join the European Union, little has gone according to plan for the fragile country, writes Sanford Henry.

  • The next Turkish revolution after Ataturk

    Global Europe 17-02-2017

    Turkey’s new constitution will give the country the tools it needs to face today’s challenges and to play its important role as a pivot between East and West, writes Egemen Bağış.

  • The approach the EU should take to the Western Balkans

    30-01-2017

    The European Union’s approach to the Western Balkans is much the same as its approach to North Africa and the Middle East: prioritising stability. As a result, the Union risks aligning itself with increasingly illiberal and authoritarian regimes and mistaking their power for stability, argues Arlind Puka.

  • Why the West ‘failed to understand’ Turkey

    26-01-2017

    The ‘coup attempt’ has very conveniently allowed the Turkish regime to accelerate and extend purges, imprisonments, and property confiscation to ever widening sectors of society and dismantle the separation of powers, writes Ramazan Güveli.