The state of play in the Western Balkans shows signs of political deterioration. There is uncertainty over opening accession negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia, whilst those already open with Serbia and Montenegro progress sluggishly. Implementation of the Prespa Agreement is slow and the dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia is at a standstill. Overall, it is not a very promising picture even without the growth of popular frustration. Is the European Union awakening to the need for a more robust engagement in the Western Balkans?
“Europe’s Futures” project director Ivan Vejvoda hosted Western Balkans specialists Ioannis Armakolas and Srdjan Cvijic in a deep-dive discussion on political developments in the region.