“I am more than sceptical toward those who say that the future of Europe lies in further enlargement when we can’t find agreement between 28 nations,” French President Emmanuel Macron said earlier this week amid frustrations over finding candidates for the EU top jobs. … [Read more...] about EU-Western Balkans summit: Is enlargement in sight?
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Russian propaganda and disinformation campaigns in Eastern and Southeastern Europe thrive on West's (i.e. EU and the US) unclear strategic objectives, on poorly designed plans and insufficient capacity to expose what is actually the profile of its geopolitical foe. I argue that there are reasons for optimism in dealing with the Russian information wars in Western Balkans and in the leading countries of the Eastern Partnership (Moldova, Ukraine, and Georgia), provided that a swift change in the overall approach is embraced and more coordination within the West (even at a time of heightened transatlantic tensions) follows.Thus, I show that four broad tactics could decisively undermine the Russian narrative, seriously undermining the destructive potential of the Kremlin's engagement strategies in these countries. … [Read more...] about West vs Russia: winning hearts and minds in the Western Balkans and EAP Countries
Gerald Knaus: "In the last year, very, very few people applied for asylum in Croatia, which is remarkable. In the first half of 2018, about 400 people applied for asylum in Croatia, which means that neither the Croatian authorities nor most of the migrants crossing Croatia seem to have an interest that anybody applies there. They either temporarily get stuck in Bosnia or they make their way through Croatia, and through Slovenia to richer countries like Austria or Germany." … [Read more...] about The new West Balkans Route and the future of migration crisis
Some analysts expressed surprise that an opposition group from a neighboring country would be invited to a meeting with a head of state. But Montenegro’s Democratic Front is a pro-Russian party made up of groups that oppose the country’s NATO membership. Officials in Montenegro have alleged that Russia attempted to orchestrate a coup in 2016 to install the Democratic Front in power, a move that would have prevented the small country from joining NATO. … [Read more...] about Russia’s Vladimir Putin Travels to the Balkans to Push Against NATO Membership, Slams U.S. Interference
“Recently we have seen that some short-sighted populist circles have blocked EU enlargement policy. Negative trends toward division and discrimination have spread across the continent and endanger not only internal peace within the EU but…hope and potential of the (Balkans) region.” … [Read more...] about Short-sighted policies stall Balkans’ integration into EU