The National Politics of EU Enlargement in the Western Balkans examines the way in which a number of European Union members states, including Germany and France, formulate their policies towards enlargement in the Western Balkans.
The six countries of the Western Balkans – Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia – are on course to become the next members of the European Union. While there has been a lot of work on the ways in which these countries are preparing for accession, and how the EU as a whole approaches the question of expansion, very little attention has been paid to how individual EU member states regard enlargement into a region that presents a number of serious challenges, including the legacies of the conflicts of the 1990s, economic underdevelopment, and poor governance. Focusing on key states, such as Germany, France and Italy, the neighbouring countries of Central and South East Europe, and Britain, once a leading advocate of enlargement that is now in the process of leaving the European Union, this volume casts important new empirical and conceptual light on the diverse motivations that underpin member state attitudes towards EU enlargement.
The National Politics of EU Enlargement in the Western Balkans will be of great interest to scholars of the European Union, European Politcs, and the Politics of the Western Balkans. The chapters were originally published as a special issue of Southeast European and Black Sea Studies.
The National Politics of EU Enlargement in the Western Balkans
James Ker-Lindsay, Ioannis Armakolas, Rosa Balfour and Corina Stratulat
1. Firm supporter and severe critic: Germany’s two-pronged approach to EU enlargement in the Western Balkans
Theresia Töglhofer and Cornelius Adebahr
2. Between indifference and hesitation: France and EU enlargement towards the Balkans
3. The United Kingdom and EU enlargement in the Western Balkans: from ardent champion of expansion to Post-Brexit irrelevance
4. Italy and EU enlargement to the Western Balkans: the Europeanization of national interests?
Andrea Frontini and Davide Denti
5. Eurosceptic yet pro-enlargement: the paradoxes of Hungary’s EU policy
6. Greece and EU enlargement to the Western Balkans: understanding an ambivalent relationship
Ioannis Armakolas and Giorgos Triantafyllou
7. Cyprus and EU enlargement to the Western Balkans: a balancing act
Today's crises in the eastern Mediterranean, the multivalent developments in Turkey and European integration and democratisation challenges focus scientific and political attention on Southeast Europe and the wider Black Sea area. The Southeast Europe and Black Sea Series publishes multidisciplinary original research about these current hotspots on the margins of Europe. The volumes include comparative and individual country analysis, as well as innovative research that develops deep and fruitful understanding of these regions. The series engages academic and original policy-oriented books with such themes as the politics of state-building and reform, foreign and security policy, socio-cultural phenomena and socio-economic dynamics, EU enlargement and neighbourhood policies. The series also publishes books that advance our understanding of recent history in this broad area - from Slovenia to Ukraine, south to Greece, Cyprus and Turkey, and east to the Caucasus - and its relevance for contemporary problems.