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GMF: Romania, Bulgaria, and the EU's Future

by Robin Shepherd
Romania and Bulgaria have entered a European Union that has stalled at a crossroads, says this commentary from the German Marshall Fund of the United States. The paper discusses the various ways the new EU members will influence policymaking in the EU.
Analysis Brief

Bird Flu Makes Gains

by Mary Crane
The deadly H5N1 strain of the avian flu virus has now crept well into Europe—infecting birds in Greece, Bulgaria, Italy, Germany, Slovenia, Croatia, Austria, and Denmark—and now also threatens Africa. Experts are at a loss over how to best tackle what could be an imminent global pandemic.
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Remarks by European Commission President Juncker on the State of the Union

with Jean-Claude Juncker
On September 9, 2015, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker spoke about issues the European Union is facing, including the influx of refugees, the relationships of Greece and of Britain to the EU, the conflict in Ukraine, and climate change. He released updates for the European Agenda on Migration and for the ten priorities of the European Commission (first outlined in 2014).
Expert Brief

Borderline Chaos: The EUa's New Challenge

by Sebastian Mallaby
The European Uniona's divided approach to the mass influx of migrants poses another threat to the goal of binding the continent economically and politically, writes CFRa's Sebastian Mallaby.
Task Force Report

Promoting Sustainable Economies in the Balkans

by Michael B.G. Froman with Steven L. Rattner
The conflict in Kosovo, less than four years after the brutal civil war in Bosnia, was a wake-up call to the international community. The West and others had once again underestimated the powerful forces of ethnic hatred and historical grievances in the Balkans. According to this independent Task Force report, economic reconstruction alone will not be sufficient to bring long-term peace and stability to the Balkan region, although raising living standards could foster sustainable economic growth and reduce political tensions.
Task Force Report

Reconstructing the Balkans

by Charles A. Kupchan with The Honorable Morton I. Abramowitz, Albert Fishlow
The last of the six Balkan Wars of the twentieth century is over, but it is by no means certain that a durable peace is at hand. After vast death, destruction, and savagery lasting almost a decade, can the peoples of the former Yugoslavia live together again in peace? If so, the region will require sustained help and support from the West, which is in the midst of mustering the necessary resources and political will. The purpose of this report is to provide a broad political approach and to highlight the three key components of a comprehensive, long-term strategy that focuses on security, continental integration, and economic and political reform.