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WB2EU Ideas go public debate

Ivan Aleksic / Unsplash
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One year after Chancellor Scholz's "Zeitenwende" speech, we want to shed light on the influence it had on the EU's enlargement policy towards the Western Balkans. Join the discussion with our WB2EU experts.

Thursday, 23 March 2023 04:00 pm – Thursday, 23 March 2023 05:30 pm

This event is in the past.

On behalf of our WB2EU network partners, and the Representation of the European Commission in Germany we cordially invite you to our “WB2EU Ideas go public debate” in Berlin.

Under the title "Towards a credible EU Enlargement Policy? What does German "Zeitenwende" mean for the Western Balkans?", the event will extend the current discussion on EU enlargement policy in the Western Balkans to the broad public in Germany. The debate will focus on the question to what extent the "Zeitenwende" proclaimed by Chancellor Scholz after Russia's invasion of Ukraine has an impact on the EU's enlargement policy in the Western Balkans. It will furthermore offer the opportunity to get first hand insights on the current developments in the region.

The event takes place in cooperation with the Representation of the European Commission in Germany at Europäisches Haus, Unter den Linden 78, 10117 Berlin. We are very much looking forward to your participation.

Welcome remarks

Jörg Wojahn, Representative of the European Commission in Germany

Input statements

Susanne Schütz, Director for South-Eastern Europe, Turkey, OSCE, Council of Europe, German Federal Foreign Office

Senada Šelo Šabić, Senior Scientific Associate, Institute for Development and International Relations (IRMO), representative of WB2EU Network

Moderation & comments

Katrin Böttger, Director at Institut für Europäische Politik &

Paul Schmidt, General Secretary, Österreichische Gesellschaft für Europapolitik

Please note that the debate will be held in English.



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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