The Global Financial Crisis and the Post-Lisbon Prospects of Enlargement

South-East Europe Review, Vol. 4, pp. 439-460, 2009

22 Pages Posted: 16 Aug 2010

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Qerim R. Qerimi

University of Prishtina; University of Antwerp

Bruno S. Sergi

University of Messina

Date Written: 2009

Abstract

The aim of this paper is to examine the transformative processes that are defining the region of south-east Europe in the context of global financial crisis and in the post-Lisbon era. It is also intended to illuminate the current challenges of the region’s EU integration process. Judged in terms of overall stability, European integration processes in the western Balkans have almost never been as promising as they are today. Recent events in south-east Europe are profoundly changing the old continent. The establishment of largely peaceful regimes throughout the region, along with the accession to the EU of the rest of the former socialist bloc, offers new possibilities for freedom, respect for human rights and genuine socio-economic improvement. Such developments as Kosovo’s independence and the admission to NATO of Albania and Croatia are of no less significance for a more prosperous and stable landscape.

Keywords: financial crisis, enlargement and EU accession, unemployment, labour markets, corruption, organised crime, reform, liberalisation

JEL Classification: G15, J6, J64, J4, H1, K42

Suggested Citation

Qerimi, Qerim R. and Sergi, Bruno S., The Global Financial Crisis and the Post-Lisbon Prospects of Enlargement (2009). South-East Europe Review, Vol. 4, pp. 439-460, 2009, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1659584

Qerim R. Qerimi (Contact Author)

University of Prishtina ( email )

Faculty of Law
Prishtina, 10000
Kosovo

University of Antwerp ( email )

Law and Development Research Group
Venusstraat 23
Antwerp, 2000
Belgium

Bruno S. Sergi

University of Messina ( email )

Facolta di Scienze Politiche
Via Tommaso Cannizzaro, 9
Sant'Agara-Messina, 98122
Italy

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