Time to break some old patterns?! The EU’s credibility is at stake in the enlargement process

(Tobias SCHWARZ / AFP) Some of the Western Balkan states that aspire to join the EU are (re)living the unpredictable narrative of EU enlargement. The Republic of North Macedonia, notably, has recently recognised the commended, one and only ‘window of opportunity’ and changed its constitutional name in order to advance in the EU and NATO…

Scenario

Photo: Flickr EEAS (CC BY-NC 2.0)   The term ‘partition’ in our modern political lexicon invariably conjures up images of mass displacement and population transfer. The idea that creating ethnically-homogeneous spaces, or a homeland for a given national group, is a viable solution to inter or intra-state conflict has been employed throughout recent history as the…

The Chinese ‘silk road’ of threats and opportunities in the void between the EU strategy, CEE interests and the citizens

The days when China coped with affairs “in a calm manner, hiding its capacities and biding the time, by maintaining a low profile and by never claiming leadership” are long gone. China is determined to become a global innovative powerhouse by 2020. It is also determined to secure its global capital investments through foreign-policy capital…

Latest BiEPAG Policy Brief “Ending the Crisis in Macedonia: Who Is in the Driver’s Seat?” was presented in Macedonia on April 4-5, 2016

The Members of the Balkans in Europe Policy Advisory Group (BIEPAG) Nikola Dimitrov and Dane Taleski, joined by Ms. Ivana Jordanovska are the authors of the latest BiEPAG Brief “Ending the Crisis in Macedonia: Who Is in the Driver’s Seat?”. As it is noted in the brief, If ten years ago, Macedonia was a front-runner in the reform process,…