Europeanisation meets democracy from below: The Western Balkans on the search for new European and democratic Momentum (WB2EU)

On behalf of Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP) in Berlin, our WB2EU network partners, and the Representation of the European Commission in Germany, we would like to cordially invite you to our “WB2EU Ideas go public debate“ in Berlin.

The event will extend the current discussion on the EU’s enlargement policy in the Western Balkans to a broader public in Germany. The debate will focus on the question to what extent the „Zeitenwende“ proclaimed by Chancellor Scholz in Germany after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has an impact on the EU’s enlargement policy in the Western Balkans. It will furthermore offer the opportunity to get first hand insights on the current developments in the region.

The event will take place in cooperation with the Representation of the European Commission in Germany. We are very much looking forward to your participation.

Please note that the debate will be held in English.

WB2EU Ideas go public debate

Towards a credible EU Enlargement Policy? What does the German “Zeitenwende” mean for the Western Balkans?

Thursday, 23 March 2023 // 16:00 – 17:30

Registration, coffee & cookies: from 15.30

Venue: Europäisches Haus, Unter den Linden 78, 10117 Berlin


Jörg Wojahn, Representative of the European Commission in Germany


Susanne Schütz, Director for South-Eastern Europe, Turkey, OSCE, Council of Europe, German Federal Foreign Office

Senada Šelo Šabić, Senior Scientific Associate, Institute for Development and International Relations (IRMO), representative of WB2EU Network


Katrin Böttger, Director at Institut für Europäische Politik & Paul Schmidt, Secretary General, Österreichische Gesellschaft für Europapolitik

Should you have any questions, please contact Wiebke Stimming at

This public debate is organised in the framework of our 6th Ideas go public Lab.

Photo credits: Ivan Aleksic / Unsplash

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