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Balkanizing Europeanization: Fight against Corruption and Regional Relations in the Western Balkans

Edited By Vladimir Vučković and Vladimir Đorđević

The main theme of this book revolves around the idea of Europeanization of the Western Balkans. In that respect, the volume discusses the fight against corruption and regional relations in former Yugoslav states, such as Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia. The objective of the book is to detect the level of effectiveness of the EU impact on domestic structural changes in the Western Balkans regarding aforementioned research issues. The contributors argue that the EU impact in the Western Balkans has so far been limited and point to limitations in this regard.

«The book Balkanizing Europeanisation offers timely, detailed, critical and excellently researched insight into the complicated mutual relations of the EU and the countries of the Balkan Peninsula. Based on excellent scholarship, meticulous original research and first-hand experience with the Balkan area, the authors provide a reader with rich and profound analysis of successes and failures of Europeanisation of the Balkan countries. The volume shall become an obligatory reading for many categories of scholars, experts, and people practicing diplomacy with and in the region.»

Vít Hloušek, Professor of European Politics, Masaryk University

«The limits to and problems connected with processes of Europeanization in the Western Balkans remain an important topic both for policy-makers and for scholarly inquiry. Vučković and Đorđević are to be congratulated for having assembled a first-rate teach of scholars to examine the most vital issues at hand.»

Sabrina P. Ramet, Professor of Political Science, The Norwegian University of Science & Technology

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Europeanization of Kosovo: Travails of Europe’s Youngest State

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Abstract: This chapter discusses Kosovo by analyzing the fight against corruption as well as good neighborly relations as prerequisites for entry into the EU. The chapter highlights main issues in this regard and additionally considers the causes of Europeanization of the youngest European state being rather limited so far.

Introduction

Kosovo, the youngest of all post-Yugoslav states in being the last to achieve independence, signed the Stabilization and Association Agreement (SAA) with the European Union (EU ) on 27 October 2015 in Strasbourg, when Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, alongside Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement, met with two Kosovan representatives: Isa Mustafa, former PM, and Bekim Çollaku, former Minister of European Integration. About half a year later, the SAA went into effect, with Kosovo remaining, alongside Bosnia and Herzegovina, a potential candidate for future EU membership and thus still in the pre-negotiation phase. While the country has made some progress toward the EU so far, it needs to be underlined that Priština has been having considerable difficulties in coping with fulfilling political criteria, particularly those within the rule of law requirement, and it is the fight against corruption (and organized crime) that has loomed large in this regard. Additionally, issues within regional cooperation and strengthening of good neighborly relations have also persisted, whereby relations with Serbia pose as the most problematic matter influencing both states in their EU bid. Relations with Montenegro,...

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