The European Commission has just published its ideas for the meeting between the European Union and the Western Balkan countries that will be held in Salzburg in early March.
It's supposed to set new directions for European policy in the area.
The next few months are crucial for the future of the Balkans. If EU leaders refuse to discuss realistic strategies for enlargement, the region will be more likely to suffer a new cycle of instability than enjoy enduring stability.
My own views of what should and could be done is set out in the linked article from the latest issue of the Bulletin from Centre for European Reform in London.
A somewhat more offensive approach - which I do think is called for.
The EU needs a bolder Balkan strategy by Carl Bildt