ISSUE: 4/2021

  • Volume 25
  • Number 4
  • 2021


Studia Europejskie –
Studies in European Affairs

ISSN: 1428-149X
e-ISSN: 2719-3780

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The Status of the European Integration Process of the Western Balkan Countries


For many years, the priority of foreign policy determined by subsequent governments of the six Western Balkan countries, i.e., Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, and Serbia has been their accession to the European Union. Yet, in recent years, this process has slowed down, and so it can be assumed that in the coming years there will be no further enlargement of the EU to include any of the Western Balkan countries. The following article is aimed at analysing the present status of European integration with regard to the aforementioned states, and discusses the causes of regression in this process which can be identified on the side of the non-EU Western Balkan states and the European Union itself. Their integration is also a key issue in the context of the increasingly stronger presence of non-EU players such as China, Russia, and Turkey, all competing with the European Union for influence in this important region. The study was based on discourse analysis (including the critical discourse analysis approach) and content analysis.


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Language: English

Pages: 67-82

How to Cite:


Domachowska, A. (2021) "The Status of the European Integration Process of the Western Balkan Countries". Studia Europejskie – Studies in European Affairs, 4/2021, pp. 67-82. DOI: 10.33067/SE.4.2021.4