In recent months, Europe has moved into great uncertainty. This uncertainty threatens to unravel some of the pillars of stability on the European continent that have been in place for decades. While since 2008 the global economic crisis has brought instability and threatened economic and currency collapse in Europe in several waves, the current crisis is more profound and its consequences are potentially further-reaching. The European Crisis What is this crisis? It is foremost a crisis of liberal democracy and of compromise-based decision-making and cooperation at the European level. Rather than viewing the uncertainty as a result of a series of individual developments and events, such as the Brexit vote in the UK, the presidential candidacy of Donald Trump, the near success of a far-right candidate in Austrian presidential elections, the increase in popularity of anti-immigrant far right parties in Europe, the consolidation of authoritarianism in Turkey, frequent ISIS-inspired terrorist acts in Europe, and xenophobic and antiliberal governments from the Baltics to the Balkans, these are part of a larger pattern.
Policy Brief: EU Enlargement in the Western Balkans in a Time of Uncertainty
1 September, 2016