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Transformation or Accession? Reflecting on the EU’s Strategy Towards the Western Balkans
European Foreign Affairs Review (2008)
  • Nikolaos Tzifakis, University of Peloponnese
  • Efstathios T Fakiolas, University of Peloponnese
This article reflects on the EU’s strategy towards the Western Balkans. It identifies the lack of a coherent and consistent strategy intended for stabilization and integration. In principle, the Western Balkan states’ road towards Europe is driven by the belief that regional stabilization and EU membership are mutually constitutive and reinforcing objectives. Progress in one is expected to lay the ground for advancements in the other. In practice, however, we claim the Union capitalizes on the prospect of accession to attain transformation. The problem is that it has so far failed to set out what is the ultimate aim and stake of its strategy. It appears both reluctant to concert its declarations with its intentions and unprepared and unable to implement its pronounced will. As a result, it finds much difficulty in relating means to achieve the ends in view, and this strips its current strategy of an important part of its value.
  • EU,
  • Western Balkans,
  • Stabilization and Association Process,
  • EU enlargement
Publication Date
Fall August, 2008
Citation Information
Nikolaos Tzifakis and Efstathios T Fakiolas. "Transformation or Accession? Reflecting on the EU’s Strategy Towards the Western Balkans" European Foreign Affairs Review Vol. 13 Iss. 3 (2008)
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