Even before the French veto for North Macedonia and Albania, it was clear that the EU enlargement policy in the Western Balkans was showing serious signs of weakness and needed to change. Following a decision that met with criticism in mid-October both in the region and within the EU, France proposed a reform of the enlargement policy. It is only a fraction of a broader and deeper internal reform of the EU advocated by Emanuel Macron and without which, in his view, the further enlargement is out of the question. BCSP Researcher Jelena Pejic Nikic and BCSP Intern Uros Milovanovic analysed this issue.

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