Staying the Course on EU Enlargement After the European Parliament Elections

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In the next EU political cycle, the enlargement process will face new challenges. If, as many forecast, the impending elections result in a rightward shift of the European Parliament, this shift is likely to frame the political debate on enlargement in Brussels in more polarizing and securitized terms. The Strategic Agenda 2024–2029, which will define priorities for the next European Commission, is currently being finalized by EU leaders and European Council President Charles Michel. It is expected to emphasize other policy areas such as global competitiveness and defense. In this online edition of our “Balkan Breakfast” series, we discuss the future of EU enlargement in this context.

Milan Nič, Senior Fellow, Center for Order and Governance in Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Asia, DGAP

Manuel Sarrazin, Special Representative of the German Federal Government for the Countries of the Western Balkans
Maja Kocijančič, Foreign Policy Advisor, Cabinet of the President of the European Council Charles Michel
Sébastien Maillard, Special Advisor at Centre Grand Europe, Jacques Delors Institute