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Suffering from the eurocrisis and enlargement fatigue, the EU’s influence on Serbia and Kosovo is on the wane

Blog post from London School of Economics & Political Science
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  • Jn Political Institutions (Europe)
  • Jz International Relations
  • Economics
  • Political Science


In recent years, the EU has had a great deal of influence on the Balkans, particularly through its close involvement in Kosovo. However, as Philip Cunliffe notes, the EU is now suffering from the effects of the economic crisis and has little appetite for enlargement. The EU’s declining power in the region, and the removal of any incentives for progress toward EU accession, may mean that the Serbian government has more freedom to act independently toward Kosovo.

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