Czechia Forces A Political Collision Into Overtime
14 October 2021
As the Czech EU Council Presidency in 2022 is approaching, it is likely that the V4 countries will coordinate their stance towards the Western Balkans. So far, they have been generally supportive of EU enlargement, but they differ in their approaches to the region.
The recent dispute between Bulgaria and North Macedonia has brought the EU integration of the Western Balkans back on the political agenda. The opinion of the Central European countries on this matter is important, as they have been supportive of the EU accession of the Western Balkans while seeking to influence political and economic dynamics in the region.
The EU Council Presidency is soon going to be in Central Europe because Czechia is taking over in the second part of 2022. What does this mean for the potential enlargement of the EU and the integration of the Western Balkans?
Knowing the image of Poland and Hungary as breaking the rule of law, it is a question whether their political support is doing any good to the EU prospects of the Western Balkans.