The Nexus between the New Bulgarian Government and Enlargement

Commenting on the new Bulgarian government, Financial Times makes an interesting observation:

“Those who support further EU enlargement should pray Mr Borissov is successful. Since 2007, the momentum of enlargement has been lost and the appetite of many existing member states – particularly France – has diminished.

Should the south-east European duo fail to improve, doubts over the EU’s famed transformative power will creep in, and the prospects of EU enlargement to the western Balkans will be damaged.

That would be a tragedy. The prospect of EU accession – however long and arduous the road – is one of the few stabilising factors in the Balkans. However blunt, enlargement has been the EU’s most powerful foreign policy tool. As Bulgaria has demonstrated, accession must not be rushed, but nor should what happens in Sofia be allowed to derail it.”

Quite a responsibility indeed.

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