Balkans countries look outside EU to fund infrastructure

China's s shipping could use Balkans harbours to access European Union markets (photo: dpa)
China's s shipping could use Balkans harbours to access European Union markets (photo: dpa)

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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