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The next Europe: Southeastern Europe after Thessaloniki

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  • Politikwissenschaft
  • Political Science
  • Europapolitik
  • European Politics
  • Südosteuropa
  • Eu
  • AußEnpolitik
  • Europäische Integration
  • Integrationspolitik
  • Stabilisierung
  • Osterweiterung
  • Southeastern Europe
  • Foreign Policy
  • European Integration
  • Integration Policy
  • Stabilization
  • Eastwards Expansion
  • Design
  • Economics
  • Political Science


"The European Council and the Balkan Summit in Thessaloniki failed to deliver the necessary consistent implementation strategy for the European integration of the Balkans. At the same time, the euphoria related to the successful completion of Eastern enlargement seems to nurture the illusion that this role model of integration suffices to cope with the stability risks and the developmental deficits of the Balkans. In their latest analysis that looks beyond the political statements of Thessaloniki, the Bertelsmann Foundation and the Center for Applied Policy Research champion a rethinking and renewal of Balkan strategies. The arrangement should contain as many pre-accession instruments as practicable, as much stabilisation policy as needed and as much economic-development assistance as possible. Since 2000, the Bertelsmann Foundation and the Center for Applied Policy Research have studied potentials and limitations of a 'European perspective' for the Western Balkans. Integration strategies were assessed and designed in cooperation with the Planning Staff of the German Foreign Ministry and leading think tanks from the region. On the basis of the conclusions from Thessaloniki, the following paper analyses the regional state of affairs and identifies strengths and weaknesses of current European Balkan policies." (author's abstract)

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