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Enlargement has been the most successful policy instrument of the European Union. The current debate on enlargement fatigue, this paper argues, carries high political costs and casts doubts on Europe’s credibility as a fo reign policy actor. It also undermines the efforts of reformers in applicant countries. The paper explores the myths surrounding enlargement fatigue, and calls on Turkey not to ignore its Balkan neighbors. Turkey and its Balkans neighbours share more  than a common history. There are many concrete lessons that can be learned and there are  also many shared interests that will require joint initiatives across the region.  
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Foreword After the violent dissolution of the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s, there had been a shared sense of hope for a more peaceful future for the European continent. Unfortunately, this comfortability disappeared after Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered his troops to march against the Ukrainian forces throughout the border on 24 February 2022. This marked a turning point not only for the region...
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