Stability first, development second, democracy third: the European Union's policy towards the post-conflict Western Balkans, 1991–2010

Grimm, Sonja / Okka Lou Mathis
Externe Publikationen (2015)

in: Europe-Asia Studies 67 (6), 916-947

Information

This article assesses total EU financial flows towards the Western Balkans between 1991 and 2010. It shows that, in the short term, the majority of support has been allocated to humanitarian assistance and socio-economic development. Although the EU has declared its interest in democracy promotion, democracy assistance ranks only third on the list of its financial expenditures in the Western Balkans. Therefore, although EU financial aid is consistent with official EU programmes, it is inadequate in the post-conflict context of the EU candidate and potential candidate countries that require support for democratisation.

About the author

Mathis, Okka Lou

Political Scientist

Mathis

Further experts

Sommer, Christoph

Economist 

Hilbrich, Sören

Economist 

Gudibande, Rohan

Economist 

Fiedler, Charlotte

Political Scientist 

Mross, Karina

Political Scientist 

Trautner, Bernhard

Political Scientist 

Ziaja, Sebastian

Political Scientist 

Berensmann, Kathrin

Economist 

Breuer, Anita

Political Scientist 

Burni, Aline

Political Scientist 

Grävingholt, Jörn

Political Scientist 

Laudage, Sabine

Economist 

Leininger, Julia

Political Scientist 

Wingens, Christopher

Political Scientiest