In our second Vienna Coffee House Conversation, Ivan Vejvoda speaks with Srdjan Cvijic. Senior Policy Analyst at the Open Society European Policy Institute and Europe’s Futures Fellow, Cvijic is a leading advocate on multiple foreign policy portfolios, particularly on the work of keeping the promise of European Union enlargement. In this discussion, Vejvoda and Cvijic dive into the multi-faceted dimensions of this ever-present European issue and consider the apparent fading of the EU’s fervour for greater expansion and the dulling of the EU flag’s lustre in the ambitions of candidate countries. There has always been a conflict between the desire for a deeper Europe and the desire for a wider one – the thorny question of enlargement is where the Union’s frontiers meet the dilemmas at its heart.
Srdjan Cvijic is on twitter @srdjancvijic. He is frequently sought out by the media and has published extensively, in both academic and policy format, on EU foreign relations and the politics of the Balkans Previously Dr. Cvijic was a senior diplomat posted in the missions of the Republic of Serbia in Belgium and the Netherlands. Dr. Cvijic also worked as the advisor for the Special Coordinator of the Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe, European Policy Centre and the NATO Parliamentary Assembly. (Find more of his work at Euractiv and Poiltico.)
Ivan Vejvoda is Head of the IWM’s Europe’s Futures program at IWM where, in cooperation with leading European organisations and think tanks IWM and ERSTE Foundation have joined forces to tackle some of the most crucial topics: nexus of borders and migration, deterioration in rule of law and democracy and European Union’s enlargement prospects.