Moscow’s struggle for Montenegro

By Grigorij Mesežnikov. Photo by Nico Trinkhaus|Flickr, licensed by CC BY-NC 2.0

How Russian pro-governmental media react to the entry of Montenegro into NATO? They are attacking the West and obscuring the circumstances of the recent attempt of coup.

NATO-Serbia Relations: Still Defining the Modus Vivendi

By Tomáš Nagy and Ján Cingeľ. Photo|Flickr: nofrills, licensed by CC BY-NC 2.0

Serbia´s relations with the Alliance has been for decades considered to be one of the most delicate within the Transatlantic region. Despite numerous signs of positive progress, these relations will continue to be plagued by the complex weight of history. However, the best approach to this challenge is a combination of pragmatic engagement and realistic ambition, which has been the practice in recent years.

The necessity of nurturing rational defence relations 

Between non-recognition and constructive engagement: The roots and limitations of Slovakia’s position on Kosovo

By Milan Nič and Katarína Kertýsová. Photo:
3. Mar 2016  |  Western Balkans  |  Kosovo, Slovakia

Kosovo is the youngest and one of the poorest countries in Europe. Its prospect for state building and economic development continue to be hampered also by limited international recognition of the independence. Like all other countries of the Western Balkans, Kosovo was given a pledge of integrating into the EU and joined others in the gradual pre-accession process. This is why five EU non-recognitions – by Cyprus, Greece, Romania, Slovakia and Spain (further referred to as EU5) – carry heavier weight than most others.

Kosovo’s diplomatic blues with EU non-recognizers (the case of Slovakia)

By Milan Nič. Photo credit: Arben Llapashtica, The Office of the Prime Minister of Kosovo
27. Oct 2015  |  Western Balkans  |  Slovakia, Kosovo

For many years, disagreement over Kosovo was one of the most flagrant examples of how difficult it is to operate a common EU foreign policy. Does signing of a Stabilisation and Association Agreement (SAA) with representatives of the Kosovo government on 27 October in Strasbourg signal an important shift in the respective positions of the EU non-recognizers, or merely illustrates the fact that the Brussels institutions found a way to go around them?

Hearing on Kosovo at the Slovak Parliament

5. Oct 2015  |  Western Balkans  |  Kosovo, Slovakia  |  Press releases

On 29 September 2015, the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Slovak Parliament held hearing on the latest developments in Serbia – Kosovo dialogue and bilateral relations with Kosovo.

Slovak-Kosovar dialogue on bilateral relations and Kosovo's EU prospects

2. Oct 2015  |  Western Balkans, European Union  |  Kosovo  |  Event reports

On Wednesday, 23 September 2015, CEPI in partnership with Kosovo Foundation for Open Society (KFOS) organized a public debate in Bratislava. The Slovak-Kosovar Dialogue presented an opportunity to discuss the current status of Kosovo’s association process with the EU, and to update on Kosovo’s relations with the five EU non-recognizers, including Slovakia.

Western Balkans after the Vienna Summit: Follow-up discussion

11. Sep 2015  |  Western Balkans  |  Event reports
On 9 September 2015, CEPI in partnership with the European Fund for the Balkans (EFB) hosted an informal policy briefing on the Western Balkans Vienna Summit 2015 and its follow-up, including potential synergies with the EU enlargement process. Chaired by CEPI’s Director Milan Nič, it featured three speakers: Johann Sattler (Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Austria), Roman Hlobeň (Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic), Igor Bandović (EFB).

Unraveling the Political Crisis in Macedonia: Toward Resolution or Calm Before the Storm?

9. Jun 2015  |  Western Balkans  |  Macedonia  |  In the media

Last week, CEPI's Managing Director, Milan Nič contributed to the latest BiEPAG's policy brief on situation in Macedonia. 

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.