The latest contribution to the EASTERN MONITOR series by Christian Kvorning Lassen analyses the 2016 Progress Reports released by the European Commission and points out the main causes for concern.
Without the carrot of potential membership for the near future, coupled with the vague show of European commitment to further enlargement in the face of ongoing European crises, the Western Balkan countries and their elites have almost exclusively backslid in their reform processes, choosing instead to consolidate their power at the expense of strengthening key institutions.
The enlargement process remains integral to the EU and represents one of the most successful EU policies, even though it is currently not a prominent agenda. The EU needs to re-engage the region in a meaningful way, and vice-versa.
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Expertise: Migration/European migration crisis, EU foreign policy, Scandinavian politics, populism, EU enlargement policy