The European Union finds itself in the midst of multiplying crises. The possible secessionist crisis triggered by Brexit is the latest manifestation of Europe’s fragility and of the declining attraction of integration. In spite of this, support for EU integration in the countries of the Western Balkans remains very high, and their peoples still perceive the EU’s as a major source of reforms, which may lead to a better life. To bolster enlargement policy, especially in those cases where the process is directly obstructed by particular member states, the EU needs to provide clear and credible enlargement perspectives for the Western Balkan hopefuls, and it should kick-start the process by initiating accession negotiations across the board. Read the full publication here.
Source: Balkan Fund