German policy towards Serbia focuses on providing support for political and economic reform in the country. The aims are to further the process of democratic change, to promote the rule of law in…
The impact of years of civil wars in the Western Balkan region can still be felt to this day, with up to six million small arms still in circulation. Germany and France have launched an initiative to curb the illegal arms trade and to bring arms under control.
The way towards the EU is via true reconciliation and reform. Foreign Minister Maas has assured his Kosovar counterpart of Germany’s support in this undertaking.
If economically strong and stable democracies develop in South-Eastern Europe, both Germany and the EU stand to benefit.
Serbia and Kosovo continue to face significant challenges on their path to EU accession. Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel wants to strengthen forces for reform in the two Balkan countries.
The European Commission’s new strategy for the Western Balkans reaffirms the region’s EU perspective but also makes it clear that there is a long way to go before the six countries can join the EU. Germany is providing extensive support for the necessary reforms.