Independent and cutting-edge analysis on Turkey and its neighborhood


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.