Analysis: Reinstating the Transformative Power of the European Union in the Western Balkans

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“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. An increasing lack of unity, caused by an inability to overcome divisions and reach consensus, is becoming evident in the EU’s approach to ongoing financial and refugee crises. The same could be argued for enlargement policy — which has slowed dramatically, owing to lack of political will and bold leadership in the EU and certain of its member states to finally complete the project of unifying the continent. If rising threat vectors are ignored, it is only a matter of time before the situation escalates, confronting the EU with another crisis in its immediate neighborhood.” according to the the paper entitled “Reinstating the Transformative Power of the European Union in the Western Balkans” by Mr Zoran Nechev commissioned by the European Fund for the Balkans.. Nechev is senior researcher and program coordinator of the Center for European Integration at the Institute for Democracy “Societas Civilis” – Skopje.

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