- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- All Balkan Countries
Ten years after the Thessaloniki summit, the EU enlargement process for the western Balkans needs an injection of new energy.
As the UN General Assembly debates the Hague Tribunal’s role in promoting reconciliation, there is a need for a deeper discussion about how international courts can contribute to lasting peace.
A decade has passed since the Thessaloniki Summit, which firmly confirmed the European agenda for the Western Balkans and promised a clear European perspective for the region.
Some EU states are likely to see Milo Djukanovics return to frontline politics as proof that Montenegro’s politics have ‘reverted to type’.
The EU does not need to make a strategic mistake by restoring the visa requirement for citizens of the Western Balkans.
Reconciliation has lost its prominence on the political agenda of the former Yugoslav countries.
Serbia’s announced rehabilitation of Draza Mihailovic is a fatal concession to the idea of Great Serbia - and to the ideas of the Croatian Ustasha, and all who aim to equalise Fascism and Anti-Fascism.
Justice and reconciliation must not be delayed further in the region of the former Yugoslavia, and it is up to national governments to increase their efforts.
US policy-makers remain wary of the concept of ethnic solidarity - but harnessing natural links between Albanian communities in the Balkans will actually reduce tensions, strengthening state structures and helping to stabilize the region.
It would be hypocritical to punish Balkan countries for the spike in numbers of asylum seekers by rescinding visa liberalisation because responsibility for this unwelcome phenomenon rests in Europe.
If the number of Serbs is seen to rise again in the latest headcount, it will be seen as marking a wider failure of the idea of an independent Montenegro.
Major challenges may lie ahead in terms of the EU integration process, but half a decade on, many of the problems that seemed so acute in 2006 have largely been overcome.
The Serbs’ staunch opposition to the Alliance is hampering the development of a common security position in the region.
The uneven policies of EU countries towards enlargement in the Western Balkans and Turkey are sending the wrong message to the region.