Talking Europe

Joining the club – or not? Balkan states seek a 'European perspective'


Today we’re looking outside of the European Union to a region that's experienced war, major political upheaval and economic change in the last 30 years: the Western Balkans. We're talking about Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia. One of these countries - Croatia - is already a European Union member; the others are all at various stages of trying to join. There’s been a knockback, though: Albania and North Macedonia had been expecting to get the green light for the formal accession process to begin in 2019 but have been told they'll have to wait.


We ask our panel of MEPs: how ready are these countries – and the EU – to start the joining process? What happens if the EU drags its heels for too long?

A programme presented by Catherine Nicholson

Produced by Isabelle Romero and Mathilde Bénézet

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