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The EU’s Fading Footprint in the Balkans


The EU’s neglect of the Balkans could hinder its ability to respond to the region’s ongoing political and economic troubles

The Balkans today are nowhere on European foreign-policy agendas – and some might think this good news. Amidst the conflict in Ukraine and the threat posed by Daesh (also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria), today’s volatile international security environment has had few repercussions on the supposedly unstable region. Yet neglect could hinder the EU’s ability to respond to challenges which persist in the Balkans. Europe should keep its attention trained on the

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