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Policy Brief: How to support democratisation in the Western Balkans?

Christian Lue / Unsplash
Christian Lue / Unsplash

How successful are democratisation processes in the Western Balkans? This Policy Brief sheds light on the EU’s approach towards democratic processes in the region and suggests ways forward how to support them more effectively

The Policy Brief claims that the EU pre-accession process in the Western Balkans needs stronger political support for democratisation by the European Union (EU) and its member states. Only progress on the democratisation path can lead to a successful and sustainable transformation of the EU candidate countries. Once EU accession negotiations are opened, the EU should keep its monitoring and steering of the process at a high level, since as long as the accession perspective is not underlined with a realistic accession date, the processes are becoming a bureaucratic window dressing exercise.

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About the WB2EU – Europeanisation meets democracy from below: The Western Balkans on the search for new European and democratic momentum project: With research questions on the rule of law and justice, the social dimension of the enlargement process, and democratisation "from below," the IEP is intensifying its work on the EU enlargement process vis-à-vis the countries of the Western Balkans.

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