“Dutch Parliament Demands Geopolitical Alignment in EU Enlargement”, Wouter Zweers (Clingendael Institute, The Netherlands)

The Dutch Parliament has been known for its close scrutiny of Rule of Law reforms within the EU accession processes of the South-East Europe Six (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia). However, following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, it now assigns equal importance to the geopolitical alignment of these countries. This is a welcome and necessary development, as aspiring member states must be held accountable for their foreign policy actions.

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