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April 8, 2020, by Vessela Tcherneva

“Do you know what ‘covid’ means in Bulgarian?”, a friend asked me recently. “It is a combination of Kostov and Videnov”, she laughed, citing two emblematic prime ministers from the […]

French connections: How to revitalise the EU enlargement process

December 16, 2019, by Vessela Tcherneva

Across Europe, France’s obstruction of accession negotiations with North Macedonia and Albania is widely seen as a step backwards. However, Paris do ...

Borrell will face centrifugal forces in the Balkans

October 11, 2019, by Vessela Tcherneva

Balkans countries are likely happy with all the attention they have received in recent weeks. Josep Borrell, the European Union’s high representativ ...

Commentary: Europe’s new agenda in the Western Balkans

August 8, 2019, by Vessela Tcherneva

A quiet but fundamental shift is under way in the European Union’s policy on the Western Balkans. With the term of the current European Commission n ...

  • The strange influence of the Macedonian model
    May 9, 2019, by Vessela Tcherneva

    The presidential elections in North Macedonia last Sunday produced both a winner – pro-EU and pro-Nato candidate Stevo Pendarovski, a member of the Social Democratic Union of Macedonia (SDSM) – […]

  • Macedonia’s looming war of interpretations
    September 28, 2018, by Vessela Tcherneva

    After years of turmoil, Macedonia seems to be turning the page in its political development. The mood in Skopje is quite different from that of recent years: energised and optimistic […]

  • Power words: Europe’s stake in the Macedonian name dispute
    June 17, 2018, by Vessela Tcherneva

    By Daniel Stefanov and Vessela Tcherneva Macedonia and Greece have defied the stereotype that the Balkans produce only bad news. Earlier this week, following 27 years of tense UN-led negotiations, […]

  • What Europe can do for the Western Balkans
    October 14, 2017, by Vessela Tcherneva

    The Balkans are not as exciting as they once were. The large-scale violence that made the region a central concern of European policy in the 1990s is no longer a […]