Valbona Zeneli

Valbona Zeneli is Chair of the Strategic Initiatives Department at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies.

Italy: No Political Crisis, But an Economic One

The EU’s patience to throw Italy yet another lifeline after the current one is rapidly vanishing.

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Coronavirus: A True Stresstest for Globalization

It is not too early for policy makers to begin examining why globalization did not work out the way its advocates either wished or thought it would.

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Western Balkans: Europe’s Front Yard

An important decision will be taken by the European Council regarding the future of EU integration for Albania and North Macedonia.

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China in the Balkans

Chinese investment could become a challenging factor for the European future of the Western Balkans.

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North Macedonia: Progress in the Age of Nationalism

Why the prime ministers of Greece and Northern Macedonia may be on the road toward receiving the Nobel Prize for Peace.

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Macedonia’s Make or Break Deal?

The failure of the referendum in Macedonia should send strong signals to the European Union about the decline of its allure in the Western Balkans.

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A European Future for the Balkans? Detoured Yet Again?

The upcoming European Council Summit may well focus on migration — rather than the enlargement issue.

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Western Balkans: The Young and Talented Leave

Western Balkans policymakers often complain that their best minds are leaving. But they do so without offering any solution how to fix this issue.

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Migration, Brain Drain and the Western Balkans

What must be done to make life attractive enough at home to not see everyone go abroad?

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The EU and the Balkans: Parallel Lives Forever?

Pessimism is real, but scapegoating the EU for the slow transformation of the Western Balkans is unfair.

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