What is the future of EU enlargement?

While the EU enlargement process is stalled because of one country’s refusal to initiate accession talks with potential new members, old proposals for breaking the impasse are gaining popularity. The Atlantic Council Europe Center’s Nonresident Senior Fellow Ilva Tare interviews the European Stability Initiative’s Gerald Knaus on the two-stage EU accession idea.

What would it mean for Western Balkan countries to first join the EU’s single market before becoming full EU member states? In which ways can candidate countries benefit from the EU’s unified economic policies? Will EU leaders agree to reform the Union in a way that makes the accession process


#BalkansDebrief is an online interview series presented by the Atlantic Council’s Europe Center and hosted by journalist Ilva Tare. The program offers a fresh look at the Western Balkans and examines the region’s people, culture, challenges, and opportunities.

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