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Citizens of the Western Balkans are entering the
European Union much faster than their countries. As a result, the region’s depopulation
is accelerating, driven by high unemployment, poor governance, rampant
corruption, rising crime and unclear prospects for the future. The most desired
destination is Germany, which welcomes emigrants as a much-needed supplement to
its workforce. However, the geopolitical consequences of a half-empty Balkans may
Professor Dr. Blerim Reka
conservatives have managed to restore economic growth, but the shortcomings of
Mariano Rajoy’s governing style and a corruption scandal have created an
opening for their main rivals to take power. Thus far, socialist Prime Minister
Pedro Sanchez is off to a surprisingly strong start.
Dr. Tomas Dupla del Moral
The steady flow of migrants from the Middle East
and Africa suddenly exploded in 2015 into the greatest crisis of its kind in
Europe since World War II. How this happened and what the EU and national
governments ought to do about it is examined in this survey of work by GIS
The EU is in
profound crisis, caused by years of shallow leadership. Only a radical change
in its leaders’ performance can salvage the European project now. Managing
structural problems instead of resolving them, trying to shame the rebellious
public into accepting business as usual and blaming the United States for
Europe’s dangerously weak security position is a road to self-destruction.
Professor Stefan Hedlund
For several months, the European Union has been at work overhauling its defense and security strategy. During their June 2015 summit in Brussels, EU leaders assigned this task to the community’s chief of diplomacy. The European Global Strategy on Foreign and Security Policy (EGS) is due to be presented at the EU summit in June 2016....
General Stanislaw Koziej