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EU Enlargement – A Will But Not (Yet) a Way

At the European Council summit on June 23, the attempted U-turn on enlargement policy got stuck halfway. While nominating Ukraine and Moldova in record time as candidates to join the EU, member states failed to end the stalemate over Western Balkan accession. But Bulgaria’s veto is not the biggest obstacle. The current process is dysfunctional and needs concrete reforms that build the rule of law and bridge economic gaps in accession countries so the EU can finally deliver on its side of the accession promise.

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Theresia Töglhofer
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