Balkan Insight | Czechia: Close of 2023 a grim warning of difficult times ahead

Faced with multiple domestic and geopolitical challenges and a population vocally demanding change, Czechia’s unpopular government will urgently need to find new impetus if it is to stand a chance against resurgent right-wing populists. Our researcher Klára Votavová provided her expert commentary for Balkan Insight.

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Analysis | Gradual Integration Process: Towards Restoring Effectiveness And Credibility Of EU Enlargement

Discussions on further changes to the enlargement methodology may reinforce the image of EU membership as a moving target with constantly changing rules, especially as the current methodology has still not been fully applied. Within the framework of the current methodology, the European Commission should develop a new strategy that would specify its approach to the gradual integration of (potential) candidates into the EU and the conditions governing this process. The 2018 Western Balkans Strategy set out initiatives, some of which are still valid today and can serve as the basis for a new enlargement strategy. Writes Jana Juzová, Senior Research Fellow.

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Radiožurnál | Ukrainian optimism and Balkan frustration. There is a lot of political pressure for EU enlargement, experts say

The European Commission will issue a report on the progress of rapprochement with EU candidate countries. Where do Ukraine or the Western Balkan countries stand? In the Bruselské chlebíčky podcast, the topic was discussed in great detail by Žiga Faktor, Director of the EUROPEUM Institute's Brussels office, and Jana Juzová, our Senior Research Fellow.

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INVITATION | EU Enlargement to the Western Balkans: 20 Years After the Thessaloniki Summit

We would like to invite you to the debate "EU Enlargement to the Western Balkans: 20 Years After the Thessaloniki Summit", which will take place on October 16th at 17:00 on the premises of the University of Economics in Prague in room NB 169 (Rectors´ Lounge). Address: Churchill 4, Prague 130 67.

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ČRo Plus | EU will continue to support reforms in the Western Balkan countries

More European money will be channelled to the Western Balkan countries to speed up their accession processes to the European Union and to support their reforms. Our researcher Jana Juzová explained in the morning broadcast of ČRo Plus exactly what the funds will be used for and how the Western Balkan countries are doing with their possible accession to the EU.

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BLOG | How can the EU boost the implementation of the Franco-German Proposal? A turning point for Kosovo-Serbia normalisation process

Serbia's refusal to recognise Kosovo, which unilaterally declared independence in 2008, is at the root of many problems within the region of Western Balkan. It hinders both countries’ EU membership paths, creates destabilisation in the Balkans, as visible in the recent unrest in northern Kosovo, and hinders regional economic cooperation. Writes our intern from our Brussel's office Costanza Celoria.

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Analysis | Reinvigorating the EU enlargement policy: Phasing-in as a way to overcome the enlargement impasse

In this paper, Jana Juzová, together with Žiga Faktor and Constanza Celoria, are providing a comprehensive analysis of the proposals initiated by the think-tank community as well as the current initiatives and discussions at the EU level; they are identifying opportunities and areas where tangible progress can be achieved, and providing recommendations to policymakers on how to turn these concepts into reality in the foreseeable future.

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Invitation | The European Union, the geopolitics of enlargement and the European Political Community

We would like to invite you to a debate entitled "The European Union, the Geopolitics of Enlargement and the European Political Community ", which will take place on Monday 12 June at the French Institute in Prague at 17:30.

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Aktuálně.cz: Europe together and with Moldova. The leaders' summit in Chisinau sent a clear signal to the Kremlin

The head of the EUROPEUM Institute's Brussels office wrote a commentary for Aktuálně.cz on the European Political Community meeting in Moldova.

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ČRo Plus: According to the German Chancellor, Ukraine or Moldova belong in the European Union...

According to the German Chancellor, Ukraine and Moldova belong to the European Union. According to Olaf Scholz, this is in the direct interest of the EU-27. Europe Day is celebrated on 9 May. On 9 May 1950, the then French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman made a declaration that became the basis for peaceful cooperation between European countries. Žiga Faktor, head of the Brussels office of EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy, commented on this topic, including Ukraine's accession to the European Union.

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