EU – Western Balkans Relations: The Many EU Approaches

Abstract The paper reveals the European Union (EU) strategies and policies as applied into the Western Balkans (WBs). I follow a chronological-related analysis of the past, present and future approach of EU towards the WB region. In the first part of the paper I give a description as well as a

“The Whys and When enlarging to the Western Balkans”

Abstract The EU enlargement process is a work-in-progress topic and a difficult puzzle to be solved. But what the article tries to propose is a simplified model that builds upon answering two main questions, the why and when enlargement occurs. Considering the Western Balkans case, I argue that the rational incentives

Dynamics of Eastern Europeanisation and the Impact of “Membership Credibility” in EU Enlargement Rounds

Abstract Research on EU enlargement-led Europeanisation has extensively focused on countries from Central Eastern Europe (CEE) and only recently enriched with studies dealing with specific issues and/or countries of the Western Balkans. Yet, a more comprehensive study across current and previous potential member-state countries is needed. This article assesses to what

The Politics of EU Enlargement Revisited – What conditions matter in the case of the EU’s South-Eastern enlargement?

There are considerable variations in the pace and speed of EU’s South-Eastern enlargement. Bulgaria and Romania joined European Union (EU) in 2007, Croatia became the 28th member-state only in July 2013 while the rest of the South-East European (SEE) countries are facing uncertainty about the time they will join the

Compliance with EU Legislation in the Pre-Accession Countries of South East Europe (2005–2011): A Fuzzy-set Qualitative Comparative Analysis

Abstract Compliance with European Union (EU) law and the related causal factors have been theoretically argued and empirically tested in the case of EU member-states and pre-accession countries of Central Eastern Europe. The article examines several theoretical and empirical conditions under which candidate countries of South East Europe (SEE) plausibly comply