EU Enlargement Strategy: Rethinking Reconciliation?

Photo: Adam Jones Adam63 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons   The fact that the EU’s newly released Enlargement Strategy for the countries of the Western Balkans mainstreams regional reconciliation and transitional justice (TJ) as one of the three crucial areas that require comprehensive and convincing reforms should not come as a surprise. This emphasis on reconciliation and…

EU Western Balkans Strategy: On Named and Unnamed Elephants in the Room

The much-awaited new Enlargement Strategy, entitled “The Credible Enlargement Perspective for the Western Balkans” was presented earlier today by the High Representative Vice-President Federica Mogherini and Commissionaire Johannes Hahn during the plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg. Acknowledging the fact that some eighteen years after the launch of the Stabilisation and Association Process…