Ever Farther Union: Balkans and the Brexit

This brief examines how Brexit will damage the EU’s influence on the development of democracy in the Balkans. The Western Balkans are not only losing a key advocate for enlargement, but Brexit will consume the EU’s policy and bureaucratic apparatuses for years and reduce the interest in enlargement.

THe Turkish government moved to supress two LGBTI pride events in Istanbul, banning the upcoming main LGBTI pride parade on June 26. 

Protests erupted across several communities in Pretoria following a decision by the ruling African National Congress (ANC) to disregard the mayoral nominations of its local members in favor of a candidate selected by its provincial leadership. 

Turkish journalists and human rights defenders Şebnem Korur Fıncancı, Erol Önderoğlu, and Ahmet Nesin have been detained on charges of producing "terror propaganda."  

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Marine Le Pen, leader of France’s far-right Front National. Credit: Blandine Le Cain

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The 2015 migration crisis in Europe has resulted in the creation of new barriers to not only Middle Eastern migrants, but also to migrants from the non-EU Western Balkans countries.

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