Brussels is back into the Balkans, if selectively

With Montenegrin and Serbian officials in Brussels for EU membership talks, Politico runs a piece on Brussels’ new approach to EU enlargement in the Western Balkans. Brussels has identified Serbia and Montenegro as accession frontrunners — a policy that EU officials defend by saying it is creating healthy competition in the region. However, there is some concern the new approach is reigniting tensions and rivalries, as other Western Balkan states, particularly Kosovo and Albania, are angered by the decision to grant frontrunner status to Serbia and Montenegro. Meanwhile, major hurdles remain on the paths toward EU membership for at least five of the countries — Serbia, Albania, Macedonia, Bosnia and Kosovo. And now Montenegro, which is the furthest along in the accession process, is upset that it is being grouped with Serbia.

 

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