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.

Mogherini’s Chance for true rapprochement between Serbia and Kosovo

17. Oct 2014  |  Western Balkans  |  Kosovo, Serbia  |  Policy briefs

Although it will be very difficult to match the public hype of her predecessor’s mediation, it is crucial for the new EU High Representative Federica Mogherini to revive the momentum to obtain meaningful progress in the Serbia-Kosovo dialogue. This policy paper1 lays out several specific options for the EU to nudge the sides towards cooperation and true rapprochement.

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.

Integration or Isolation? Northern Kosovo in 2014 Electoral Limbo

By Leon Malazogu, Milan Nič, Filip Ejdus and Tomasz Zornaczuk
13. Feb 2014  |  Western Balkans  |  Kosovo, Serbia  |  Policy briefs

As the first anniversary of the Brussels Agreement comes around in April, northern Kosovo has yet to reach a new balance. It remains in transitory limbo, subject to pulling-and-tugging that has both security and political implications. This paper analyses the bleak outlook for implementing the agreement during 2014, with looming elections in Serbia, Kosovo and the EU.

CEPI Briefing on future NATO enlargement with Ján Cingel (January 2014)

23. Jan 2014  |  Western Balkans, Security and Defence  |  Serbia  |  Multimedia

When it comes to NATO’s relations with the Western Balkans, Serbia is a special case. Popularity of the alliance is low due to the 1999 air campaign and the Kosovo issue. Belgrade has declared neutrality and ruled out NATO membership possibility, yet remaining a part of the Partnership for Peace programme. How does the Serbian public perceive NATO and how does this impact the NATO-Serbian relationship? Ján Cingel, expert of the Slovak Atlantic Commission, explains.

Serbia’s relations with NATO: the other (quieter) game in town

10. Jan 2014  |  Security and Defence, Western Balkans  |  Serbia  |  Policy briefs

While all eyes are set on the formal opening of the EU membership talks with Serbia on 21 January 2014, this policy brief explores the prospects for Belgrade’s closer cooperation with NATO. While the EU’s accession process is the force majeure dominating current political and economic development in the Western Balkans, the regional security architecture is still based on NATO. EU and NATO integration are still considered as mutually reinforcing processes.

Municipal elections in northern Kosovo: Towards a new balance?

10. Oct 2013  |  Western Balkans  |  Kosovo, Serbia  |  Studies

The municipal elections in Kosovo on 3 November will be a litmus test for the Brussels Agreement and for the normalisation of relations between Serbia and Kosovo, but also an omen for the EU’s ability to impose stability in its backyard.