In 2018, Aspen Germany held three sub-cabinet level meetings in Alt Madlitz, Skopje and Berlin with high-level decision-makers and experts from the Western Balkan countries, Germany, the EU and the United States. During these meetings, discussions focused on the rule of law reforms in the Western Balkans and how to curb political influence on independent institutions and fight corruption. These topics were discussed against the background of the European Commission’s 2018 Enlargement Strategy “A credible enlargement perspective for and enhanced EU engagement with the Western Balkans”. This edited volume contains conference papers and proceedings of these meetings, gives an overview of the topics, and presents recommendations.
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