Vessela Tcherneva

After the French veto: The new scramble for the Western Balkans

Without a credible path to EU membership, the Western Balkans could easily succumb to the lure of regional nationalism – and to generous Russian, Turkish, and Chinese offers in the EU’s own back yard

Europe’s new agenda in the Western Balkans

The main message for the Western Balkans is clear: countries in the region need to demonstrate a sufficient level of political governance before any technical process of EU accession can begin

Four things to know ahead of the NATO Summit

Our experts pick out four main topics to pay attention to ahead of the NATO Summit in Brussels 

Trump vs. EU: The dead end of the normative approach

A divided EU – with an unstable Germany, a UK on its way out and renegade central eastern member states – is only of interest to the US as an ally in competition with Russia and China

Power words: Europe’s stake in the Macedonian name dispute

By actively supporting Macedonia and Greece to settle their name conflict, the EU could energise other countries of the Western Balkans to engage in democratic reforms, while also strengthening their economic outlook – and counter an assertive Russia