ASSESSING RUSSIAN IMPACT ON THE WESTERN BALKAN COUNTRIES’ EU ACCESSION: CASES OF CROATIA AND SERBIA Cover Image

ASSESSING RUSSIAN IMPACT ON THE WESTERN BALKAN COUNTRIES’ EU ACCESSION: CASES OF CROATIA AND SERBIA
ASSESSING RUSSIAN IMPACT ON THE WESTERN BALKAN COUNTRIES’ EU ACCESSION: CASES OF CROATIA AND SERBIA

Author(s): Bojana Zorić
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences, Politics, Law, Constitution, Jurisprudence, International Law, Political Sciences, EU-Legislation, Geopolitics
Published by: Institute for Research and European Studies - Bitola
Keywords: Western Balkans; European Union; Europeanization process; Russia; EU-Russia relations; geopolitics;

Summary/Abstract: The matter of EU enlargement to the Western Balkans has become overshadowed by pressing issues such as Brexit, the rise of the radical right and international terrorism. Notwithstanding the pressure to address these issues accordingly, increasing tensions and ethnic outbursts across the Western Balkan region are reason enough for the European Union to devote significant attention to accession talks. This article addresses the Western Balkan countries’ Europeanization process with consideration of Russia as an external actor. By assessing the candidate countries’ progress amid EU negotiations, the article suggests that the countries’ bilateral ties with Russia have an impact on the Europeanization process which is particularly visible in Chapter 31 Foreign, security, and defence policy of the acquis communautaire. The broader geopolitical framework that comprises the multifaceted relationship between the EU and Russia is crucial for understanding the dynamics of EU-Western Balkans-Russia triangle.

  • Issue Year: 3/2017
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 9-18
  • Page Count: 10
  • Language: English