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Over the past decade, the European Union has gone through a multiple set of crises, including the global financial crisis, the Eurozone crisis, the refugee crisis, and Brexit. On top of this, the EU is facing a major crisis of democracy in some of its member states. Preoccupied with dealing with its internal problems, the EU has in the meantime kept its enlargement policy to the Western Balkans on an auto-pilot mode, or in the worst case it has misused it in order to preserve internal stability. At the same time, Western Balkan democracies have been backsliding for nearly a decade, while some countries are still or again governed by semi-authoritarian leaders who have adopted democratic rhetoric, but continue to use undemocratic methods to preserve their power. The main message of this policy brief is that a more courageous approach is needed to intensify the accession process. The report is available for download here.

Source: BiEPAG

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