Moving Forward with the EU-Enlargement Process
Moving Forward with the EU-Enlargement Process

The TRAIN 2017 Programme’s focus on corruption and informal practices in the countries of the Western Balkans

06/12/2017

The TRAIN 2017 Programme brought together think tanks from the Western Balkan region to discuss the overarching topic “corruption and informal practices” and its key role in European integration. Corruption in the judiciary, the quality of higher education and transparency of public procurement procedures were among the subtopics participants addressed. They presented their findings and recommendations to policy makers in Brussels as well as in their respective countries.

Publications

  • Eastern Voices: Is the West Listening?

    Introduction from Eastern Voices: Europe’s East Faces an Unsettled West, a DGAP co-publication

    von Daniel Hamilton, Dr. Stefan Meister | Russia, International Policy/Relations
    Eastern Voices: Europe’s East Faces an Unsettled West, Center for Transatlantic Relations, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University and the German Council on Foreign Relations/Deutsche Gesellschaft für Auswärtige Politik, 2017, 209 pp. This publication was generously supported by the Robert Bosch Stiftung.

    Eastern Voices: Is the West Listening?

    With the war in Eastern Ukraine in its third year, the ongoing crisis between Russia and the West has become the new normal. A new co-publication by the DGAP and Johns Hopkins’ Center for Transatlantic Relations looks at how the countries of the Common Neighborhood deal with the situation. You may find the book’s Introduction and Summary below. The book’s production was generously supported by the Robert Bosch Stiftung.

  • Andrej Babiš is not Central Europe’s Game-Changer

    von Milan Nič, Vít Dostál | Czech Republic, Elections
    DGAPviewpoint 15, October 24, 2017. 3 p.

    Andrej Babiš is not Central Europe’s Game-Changer

    The Czech election result seems worrying at first: Yet another populist leader has been catapulted into power in Central Europe. But billionaire Andrej Babiš and his populist ANO party, which received almost 30 percent of the vote, is not necessarily going to push the Czech Republic into an illiberal and anti-EU direction.

  • Paris Perspectives Seen From the East

    Visegrad reactions to Macron’s Europe initiative highlight internal differences

    von Milan Nič | Central and Eastern European countries, Visegrad Group
    Visegrad/Insight, October 18, 2017

Events

Brexit Scenarios and Consequences for the EU
04/12/2017 | 12:30 - 14:00 | DGAP | United Kingdom, European Union
Category: European Union, United Kingdom
A New EU Perspective for the Western Balkans?
Closing Seminar of the TRAIN 2017 Programme in Brussels
19/11/2017 - 23/12/2017 | 09:00 - 18:00 Balkans, European Union
A New EU Perspective for the Western Balkans?
The Western Balkans have reached a critical point on their path to EU membership, with serious democratic backsliding in some countries and people’s support for the European Union declining. At the same time, the EU is busy with its own internal problems. With the aim of raising awareness for the current developments in their region and contributing new impulses for the EU enlargement policy, think tank representatives from the Western Balkans presented their research findings in Brussels.
Category: European Union, Balkans
Visegrád countries: No longer blind spots in the debate about EU
15/11/2017 | 12:30 - 16:00 | DGAP
Visegrád countries: No longer blind spots in the debate about EU
The Visegrád countries (V4) – the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia – are emerging as an important entity within the EU, but could be a more active player with positive policy proposals for the entire bloc, experts from the EU, Germany, as well as Central European countries highlighted at a conference on Wednesday.
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