What's the Story? The December Glory of the Western Balkans for the EU-Western Balkans Summit
Klodiana Beshku / 30 Dec 2022
The European Union-Western Balkan Summit that took place on December 6, 2022, in Tirana represented a significant milestone for the Balkan Region. The enthusiasm of being the host country of such an important event (the first ever in the Western Balkans) was contagious in Albania. In a country of only 110 years of which around 45 years were spent in isolation due to the communist regime, these kinds of events are perceived with a touch of “magic”.
But as soon as the news about Albania hosting the Summit of the Berlin Process spread, they were clouded by other news, aiming to cast a shadow over the significance of the event. Find out more about which events have surrounded the Summit and what commitments the Summit has brought.
The article was written as part of the project "The Western Balkans at the Crossroads: Democratic Backsliding and External Actors’ Influence" led by the Prague Security Studies Institute, sponsored by National Endowment for Democracy (NED). For more information, visit: www.balkancrossroads.com.