Geographically, Europe is not a continent. However, the area is bonded by common historical and religious heritage. Through a combination of its Roman-law legacy and Christianity, Europe developed a culture of individualism and self-responsibility that allowed the area’s staggering economic and scientific development over the last 300 years. As a result, the European system spread across the globe.

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Jean-Claude Juncker speaking to journalists at the October 18 summit of the EU Council

The Western Balkans after EU rejections

French President Emmanuel Macron’s new approach for the Western Balkans has led the European Union to backtrack on integration, and a strategic partnership is now being considered as an alternative to full membership. Balkan countries, disappointed by this outcome, could turn to homegrown illiberalism.

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