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Thu, Mar 26, 2020

EU greenlights North Macedonia and Albania membership talks: Breakthrough or symbolic gesture?

"The decision by the EU foreign ministers to open accession talks with North Macedonia and Albania comes at a time when Europe is battling a major public health crisis and is bracing for its economic aftershocks," Dimitar Bechev says. "Keeping enlargement alive speaks volumes about the union’s ability to muddle through."

New Atlanticist by Jörn Fleck

Democratic Transitions European Union

Fri, Feb 14, 2020

France and Poland: Helicopters, forks, and reconnections

Macron's Poland visit makes political sense, but there is another pressing reason: as we enter an era of great power competition, the unity of Europe—and the unity of the transatlantic alliance—is a critical asset, which will be tested. Mending relations between East and West is part of the groundwork to bolster the political resilience of Europe.

New Atlanticist by Olivier-Rémy Bel

France Poland

Mon, Feb 10, 2020

Will the Commission’s new EU proposal revive Western Balkans enlargement?

“For a region whose politics, both domestic and foreign, have been shaped by the promise of EU membership in almost every way since the 1990s, the coming months and years will prove trying," Damir Marusic says.

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

Democratic Transitions European Union

Olivier-Remy Bel is a Visiting Fellow at the Atlantic Council, with a background in European security. He was most recently a staffer to Florence Parly, the French Minister of Defense, in charge of European and African Affairs as well as Arms Export Control. He was previously working for the French Ministry of Defense’s Directorate General for International Relations and Strategy. There, he served as Head of the EU Desk, where he was in particular involved in negotiating European initiatives such as the European Defence Fund and the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO), and Head of the North America Desk.

A graduate from the Ecole nationale d’administration (ENA – the French civil service fast stream training program), he holds a B.A. from Cambridge University, an M.A. from the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po).