Prepared by the EUISS with the support and cooperation of the European Fund for the Balkans (EFB) – examines how the Western Balkans has emerged once again as a potentially volatile geopolitical arena, and analyses the drivers underpinning both fragility and resilience in the countries of the region from a variety of perspectives.
This book is intended to offer interested readers a portrait of how the European Union conducts diplomacy – as well as defence, development and related policies. It offers an overview of how the EU has evolved as a foreign policy actor, and tries to convey both past dynamics and present trends.
After several years of being largely absent from the agenda, the Western Balkans is back in focus largely due to the refugee crisis. How has this changed the way in which states from the region deal with each other and with the EU?
This Brief assesses the new setup of the European Commission and the role of the high representative for foreign affairs and security policy and vice-president (HR/VP). What structural challenges lie ahead? And how can the Commission help facilitate the work of the HR/VP?