The article analyses the process of authoritarian populism building, which is the unexpected result in most Western Balkan countries. The obsession with stability has led to lose sight of the rule of law and liberal democratic standards as basic criteria for enlargement, too often relegating them to mere rhetoric. This trend stems partly from double standards applied in the region by some European Union bureaucracies and decision makers in the process of integration of Western Balkan's countries to the EU and NATO. Future outcomes are uncertain.
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