“Western Balkans’ Plight is Wake-up Call for Europe”, Vedran Džihić and Paul Schmidt (ÖGFE, Austria)

The coronavirus pandemic has deepened the vulnerabilities of the Western Balkan countries and exposed the weakness of their state institutions, especially in the health sector and social protection. At the same time, related to the limited effectiveness of the EU enlargement process over the past years, the progress of reforms has stagnated and some countries have even experienced concerning regressions in the rule of law. Op-ed on behalf of the WB2EU network co-funded by the European Commission under its Erasmus+ Jean Monnet programme.

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