Gordan Grlić Radman is Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Republic of Croatia (since 2019). Previously, he served in different positions within the Croatian diplomatic service, including as Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany from 2017 to 2019 and Ambassador to Hungary from 2012 to 2017. From 2011 to 2014 he was Secretary and from 2017 to 2021 President of the Danube Commission.
In the early 1990s, Mr Grlić Radman was pivotal in setting up the Croatian diplomatic and consular missions in Bern, Geneva and Zurich. He served at Croatian Embassies in Sofia and Budapest and was appointed Secretary-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1999.
Mr Grlić Radman holds a Ph. D. in political science and is a true European, he speaks German, English, Bulgarian and Hungarian.
What are the regional and geopolitical consequences of the EU and the Western Balkan countries losing commitment to one another? Are the tools at the EU’s disposal sufficient for reverting external influence in the region amidst the enlargement fatigue, and for improving the post-COVID-19 recovery? Is there a way for the EU to show that ‘phasing in’ to EU programmes is a long-term endeavour that will foster pro-EU orientation of WB6?
The devastating impact of the pandemic once again laid bare the economic, social and political concerns in the Western Balkans. Primarily China and Russia have recently been engaged in the region while the EU has been consistently aiming at cementing its presence in the Western Balkans by going beyond what other actors have provided. The EU, however, has not been a leading force in buttressing the continuous transformation in the region. While some perceive the EU as a panacea, others might turn to other non-EU alternatives. Therefore, today, Europe needs to address these developments in its own backyard more than ever before.