As part of the international presence in the Western Balkans, the EU adopted sanctions, brokered political agreements, launched its first police and military missions and directed economic, legal and administrative reforms to eradicate the root causes of instability. Yet, despite the comprehensive nature of the EU's involvement, its strategies have been marked by confusion, its actions by concurrent or competing mandates of other international organisations. Steven Blockmans presents legal and political methods of restructuring the international effort in the region, arguing that, under the leadership of the EU, only a 'tough love' strategy based on the application of the conditionality principle can lead to the integration of the Western Balkans into the European mainstream. Academics, practitioners, civil servants and students working in international law, EU law and the law of international organisations, and those engaged in relations with the EU and the Western Balkans, will find this book a valuable tool.
Content Level »Research
Keywords »Balkans - EU Law - Europe - European Union (EU) - European law - International Law - International relations
The European Union’S Roughest Neighbourhood.- Role and Impact of the UN, NATO, The OSCE and the COE: The Western Balkans Lost in the Alphabet Soup?.- The European Union’S Actions Towards The Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and its Successor States (1991–2001).- The Western Balkans as a Testing Ground For a Common Foreign and Security Policy.- The European Union’s Application of The Conditionality Principle to the Western Balkans.- Recommendations for Reinforcing the European Union’s Role in the Western Balkans.