Zoran Nechev

Europe’s Futures Fellows 2021/22

Zoran Nechev specializes in relations between the European Union and the Western Balkans: external dimensions of justice and home affairs, corrosive capital, and (foreign) malign influences.

He heads the Center for EU integration of the Institute for Democracy “Societas Civilis,” a North Macedonian think tank devoted to research and capacity-building in matters related to the European Union, and specifically the enlargement process. He is a member of the Balkans in Europe Policy Advisory Group. He has been an academic guest at the Center for International and Comparative Studies at ETH Zürich, examining the effects of the EU’s conditionality policy on rule of law in the Western Balkans and a Senior Associate Fellow at the EU Institute for Security Studies.

Zoran is an associate fellow at the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Auswärtige Politik and a PhD candidate at the Free University in Brussels.

As Europe’s Futures Fellow Zoran will try to develop better understanding of the course taken by Germany, France, Austria and Poland within the European Union’s shift to greater “strategic autonomy”, and how this could affect the membership perspective for candidate-countries in the Western Balkans. He will map different national understandings of the European Union and its actions in North Macedonia, Serbia and Albania in order to find out how these countries could best position themselves vis-à-vis the European Unions’ understanding of capacity to act.

“The European Union exercises huge geoeconomic power, but it has got into the habit of making defensive decisions that tend to make its suspicions self-fulfilling.”