Andrea Despot, Dušan Reljić, Günter Seufert

Ten Years of Solitude

Turkey and the Western Balkans Require Practical Integration Measures to Bridge the Hiatus in the European Union Enlargement Process

SWP Comment 2012/C 16, May 2012, 8 Pages

In the wake of Croatia's EU accession in mid-2013, it is probable that the Union's enlargement process towards Turkey and the Western Balkans will initially grind to a halt, possibly for a decade or more. How can the EU safeguard nonetheless its position as the driving force behind conflict transformation in Western Balkan states, and how can it prevent European influence on Turkey, an increasingly important player on the international stage, from dwindling? It should ensure candidates' integration within as many EU policy areas as possible prior to accession, so that the stabilising and democratising effects of the EU's enlargement policy remain intact.

SWP Research Paper

Volker Stanzel (ed.)
New Realities in Foreign Affairs: Diplomacy in the 21st Century


Volker Stanzel
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