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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 representative-designate for foreign affairs and security policy, commented that […]

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 ...

The price of normalisation: Serbia, Kosovo, and a risky border deal

November 19, 2018, by Vessela Tcherneva

One of the most contentious topics in the Western Balkans in recent months has been a proposed Serbia-Kosovo land swap. Under this “comprehensive de ...

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • View from Sofia: Fear and loathing
    April 12, 2016, by Vessela Tcherneva

    Fear. The word travelled across Bulgarian media and between the lines of reports and political speeches in the days after the Brussels attack. The feeling that an attack on Brussels […]

  • Ukraine’s reform crossroads
    May 7, 2015, by Vessela Tcherneva

    Ukraine has not crossed its Rubicon. The most important and urgent decisions for its future, both internal and external, are still ahead, and the next few months will be decisive. […]