The Western Balkans after the European elections: Still in limbo – VoxEurop (English)

Meanwhile, timing is everything in the Western Balkans. Just days after the vote, the European Commission published its annual report on the prospects for EU enlargement in the region. This may well focus minds on the delicate issues that the region’s countries face, though the EU’s own lack of consensus about the way forward may prove a major obstacle to their resolution.

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On en revient toujours aux mêmes problèmes : 1/comment accueillir de nouveaux adhérents quand l’accueil des précédents n’a pas été réussis ? 2/comment accueillir de nouveaux membres quand le groupe d’accueil n’est pas d’accord avec ses objectifs généraux ? 3/comment accueillir de nouveaux pays quand il y a discorde et “chacun pour soi” parmi les hôtes ? 4/comment accueillir de nouveaux peuples quand leurs organisations sociale, politique, administrative ne sont pas sûres ni convaincues de la démocratie ? L’Union Européenne est en panne d’avenir : comment prendre de nouveaux passagers ? Mais voilà il y a l’ombre, voire la présence de la grande Russie qui fait contre poids et pourrait paralyser l’U.E. si on laisse les prétendants dehors !

I’m afraid that EU membership is not as attractive for potential new members today as it was at the times of the bi-polar world, especially for smaller members who would not have strong voice and therefore couldn’t influence the direction in which EU goes. Such members are being bullied to be adhering to vast number of formal regulations as well informal policies but they don’t get any tangible reward, e.g. economic prosperity of their citizens.

A good illustration is the current situation with decisions of VW car manufacturer where to locate their new big factory in eastern Europe. Bulgaria as a full EU member was interested in this investment, yet the company decides for non-EU member Turkey for the reason that significant number of shares in this “German” car manufacture is held by Qatar and they pushed the company management to favour a Muslim country - despite it is a country outside the single market, ruled by an unpredictable dictator and with a volatile currency. Bulgaria on the other hand, is a full member of EU, has to adhere to EU regulations, has currency pegged to €, etc.

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You say it. The EU is chasing away industries. It’s so tightly regulated. The rules are always made to shift benefits, the higher interest is only pretended. This happens to each other, and in the end the benefits are gone. Then just to Turkey.