Some Sad Lessons the Western Balkans Can Learn from Bulgaria’s EU Journey

Radosveta Vassileva


Radosveta Vassileva In 2007, we were so happy and proud to be finally in that mythological space, this pretentious club for the chosen ones known as the EU. Thirteen years after accession, however, this European dream looks more like a nightmare. In the late 1990s and...

Running in the Wrong Direction: Rama’s Spat with the EU Over Vaccination Underlines Growing Frustration

Alfonc Rakaj


Alfonc Rakaj However tempting or justifiable it may be, Mr. Rama and his regional colleagues would do well not to bite on the hand that “feeds” their people, invest in their future and build their schools. The public spillover of criticism towards the EU marks a...

‘Somewhere in the Middle’: Kosovo’s delicate relations with the European Union

Butrint Berisha


Butrint Berisha EU’s internal political developments, led to its inability to implement a consistent and cohesive policy towards Kosovo, which has been demonstrated in the case of the visa liberalization. Currently Kosovo is the only country in the region which is...

The Macedonian Path to Brussels: Breaking the Vicious Cycle

Malinka Ristevska Jordanova


Malinka Ristevska Jordanova Ultimately, we should acknowledge that the EU cannot simply come up with a recipe that will grant us a better life. We must have our own vision and our own plan. Some fifteen years ago, while talking to another veteran in the EU integration...

EU enlargement – a moving target that is moving farther and farther away

Dina Bajramspahić


Dina Bajramspahic In 2020, none of the six countries of the Western Balkans has made progress in the process of European integration. It is true that they could have done more, but this still begs the question of whether the process itself “is working” if...

Who is left dreaming the European dream in Serbia?

Katarina Tadic


Katarina Tadic Serbia started negotiations back in 2014, yet today the country seems further from the EU than it was five years ago. The accession of the Western Balkans to the European Union (EU) has been ongoing for eighteen years, since the distant 2003, when all...

Maximizing Power and Accumulating Wealth: A typical Balkan story

Vladimir Djordjevic


Vladimir Djordjević It is no wonder that citizens have little trust in the state institutions when they know that informal practices may actually assist them in resolving the issues they face when dealing with formal state institutions and their rules and norms. In my...

May 2021 be the year of vaccination against the COVID – authoritarianism

Karolina Ristova Aasterud


The blog is part of the joint Res Publica and Project Syndicate publication, “The Pandemic of Fear”. Prof. Karolina Ristova – Aasterud Ph.D. The critical minority does not view 2020 just as a year that brought us the pandemics but also as a year that brought...

The new law that signals a new era of censorship in Turkey

Kaan Bayırakoşan


Kaan Bayırakoşan The Turkish government has new demands from social media and digital platforms such as Facebook, Whatsapp, Instagram and Twitter. If those platforms do not fulfill the requirements, they can be shut down by the government. 2021 will be the year we...

The expectations that Sofia will unblock the Macedonian European integration are unrealistic

Lyudmil Iliev


Ljudmil Iliev While Skopje hopes that the upcoming elections in Bulgaria are one of the reasons for the firm stance of the government of Bojko Borisov, if you look deeper, the outcome of the elections in Bulgaria in any option will not soften the position of Sofia in...