Business Deals and Western Fears (Russian challenge in the W. Balkans)

Russia has been advancing economically into the Western Balkans for years now. Russian oligarchs’ businesses, backed by the state, have penetrated a number of Balkan economies and the Kremlin has come to exert considerable influence in these countries. Now, the Ukraine crisis has transformed the strategic calculus for the European Union, which has thus far been the dominant partner for Balkan governments.

Completing the EU Enlargement: 4 scenarios

The Balkans in Europe Policy Advisory Group, a co-operation project with the aim to promote European integration of the Western Balkans and the consolidation of democratic, open countries in the region, which has among its members CEPI executive director Milan Nič, released a policy paper on 16th May elaborating 4 scenarios of how the EU integration can play out for the Western Balkan countries.

CEPI Briefing on future NATO enlargements with Milan Nič (January 2014)

At the 2012 Chicago summit, NATO leaders reiterated their commitment to the 'open-door policy' and promised to keep the progress of each of the aspiring nations under active review. What are the chances that the 2014 NATO summit will deal with the enlargement agenda: Central European Policy Institute’s expert Milan Nič explains.