Tag: #Balkans

Serbia’s Balancing Act on China

In early September, the President of Serbia Aleksandar Vučić sat next to his US counterpart Donald Trump and Kosovo’s Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti in the Oval Office to announce the restoration of economic ties with Kosovo. Although...

Fragmented Screening of Chinese Investments in CEE

Countries in Central and Eastern Europe have been perceived to have a less sensitive attitude towards foreign direct investments (FDI), leading to a common reputation as an easier entry point into the EU for foreign investors. Unfortunately,...

Learn the Rules to Master the Game: Chinese Infrastructure Investments in the Balkans

With activities ranging from hastily assembled initiatives to holistic market assessments, Chinese companies are getting their foot in the door to the Balkans-with clear intentions of leaving a lasting footprint in the region’s infrastructure market. However, it...

China’s Environmental Footprint in Southeast Europe

In 2009, China’s leadership of a group of developing nations that opposed ambitious commitments to fight climate change led to the failure of the United Nations Climate Change Conference held in Copenhagen. Just over a decade later...

Proposed EU Criteria for New Members Show Wary Europe Has China on Its Mind

The communications of the European Commission rarely receive international media attention, even on days when they do not have to compete with a possible pandemic and the impeachment drama of an American president. It has to be admitted that the eight-page document released...

Facing the China Challenge in the Balkans

For years, concerns in Brussels and Western European capitals about the security of southeastern Europe have centered on the threat posed by Putin’s Russia. But behind these fears the question of China looms large. Russia’s...

Offsetting External Influence in the Balkans: Recommendations for the EU

The failure to open accession talks with Albania and North Macedonia has again shifted focus on the question of the EU's credibility in the Western Balkans. The EU's lack of leadership in the region is creating opportunities...

Serbia: China’s Open Door to the Balkans

China is playing an increasingly active role in Serbia, part of its expansion in Central and Eastern Europe. Despite a renewed interest on Beijing’s part, China’s relationship with the European Union encountered...
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