EU on brink as ‘alternative to accession’ in Balkans after creation of new economic zone | world | News

Brussels Currently struggling to get feedback on current events AfghanistanIt is racing to evacuate as many EU citizens as possible before the August 31 deadline. Many have criticized the bloc’s efforts in the region, or lack thereof, and its influence falls short. Analysts say this is due to its deficiency geopolitical power; Its policies, rules, and voice end at its borders.

European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell He says the failure demonstrates the need for Brussels to develop its own military capacity independent of the United States.

However, even if this is achieved, it may turn out that it is not too late to attract important and future countries to the bloc.

Many countries in Europe have not yet been accepted into the European Union, and some have been on the waiting list for years.

Countries in the Balkans, once much-coveted prizes, are now looking to their neighbors for economic and political integration, fed up with seemingly empty promises from Brussels.

“The Balkans no longer believe in the European Union,” Benjamin Haddad, director of the Future Europe Initiative at the Atlantic Council in Washington, noted recently.

In an article published by Foreign Policy, he said: “The candidates from the European Union have realized that the process is not leading anywhere, and they are acting accordingly.”

Three leaders in the Western Balkans – President of Serbia Aleksandar VucicAlbania’s Prime Minister Edi Rama and North Macedonia’s Prime Minister Zoran Zaev – met in 2019 to launch the Open Balkans Initiative.

An economic and political area between those nations, with a combined population of nearly 12 million, the project hopes to eliminate border controls between their two countries by January 2023.

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Brussels has promised the Western Balkan countries their future in the European Union since 2003, but to no avail so far.

After being described as mini-SchengenOpen Balkan seeks to offer an alternative to the countries there.

However, it will not be easy.

Uncertainty in the region and decades-old political, religious and ideological conflict mean that many neighboring countries hate each other.

Other Western Balkan states are notably absent from the 2019 agreement – the black MountainBosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo.

“Politically speaking, Montenegro does not want to take what might appear to be a detour into the Join the European Union. “

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