The western Balkans is at a geopolitical crossroads. Which way should it go for funding for major infrastructure projects in roads, railways and harbours – the European Union, Russia, Turkey or China? This choice has come into sharper focus since the EU announced in 2014 that there would be no further enlargement until 2020. While the Balkans countries want to integrate with the EU, China is willing to invest and would achieve a foothold in European waters close to the EU markets.

A EUROPEAN Union decision to restrict enlargement and not include western Balkan countries before 2020 has created a geopolitical vacuum which could be exploited by China.


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Professor Dr. Blerim Reka
Balkan countries, faced with a five-year delay in their route to Europe, have now begun searching for geopolitical links with countries beyond Europe
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