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Policy Program | Public Event with the presentation of results from the Working Group Southeast Europe Program 2016 and a discussion on: “A Europe Whole and Free? The Future of EU Enlargement and the Role of the Western Balkans in Times of Crises”
Aspen Germany hosted the public presentation of the results from its Southeast Europe Program 2016 at the China Club in Berlin on the evening of December 01, 2016. The Ministers and Deputy Ministers of the Western Balkan countries presented the outcomes and policy recommendations of the three Aspen Germany conferences in 2016. The key topics were the changing international environment and its impact on the Western Balkans, the role of the EU and the expectations from the perspective of the Western Balkan countries, the Western Balkan region as a partner of the EU, and furthermore, regional cooperation and the further development of the Berlin Process. Following the presentations, Ambassador Dr. Christian Hellbach, Special Envoy for South-Eastern Europe, Turkey, and the EFTA States in the German Federal Foreign Office, Hoyt Brian Yee, U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, and Dr. Andreas Ernst, Correspondent of Neue Zürcher Zeitung in Belgrade, discussed the topic “A Europe Whole and Free? The Future of EU Enlargement and the Role of the Western Balkans in Times of Crises”, moderated by Dr. Antje Kuchenbecker, Deputy Director of the Aspen Institute Germany.