Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Curriculum in Global Studies
This thesis analyzes the differentiation of European Union accession momentum in Serbia and Macedonia. Although Serbia and Macedonia face similar domestic challenges in their EU accession sagas, Serbia has recently managed to outpace Macedonia, once a frontrunner in the process. The author assesses this divergence to stem from the institutional and political setup of EU enlargement, and stresses the importance for acceding countries to have a credible European perspective, and for the institutions of the EU to apply political conditionality consistently and constructively. The final section of the thesis suggests how the EU’s experience in Serbia could form the basis for a jumpstart of Macedonia’s EU accession bid.