Before the 2010 edition, Freedom in the World assessed Kosovo as a disputed territory. For the older Freedom in the World reports, see the Kosovo * page.
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Despite the quiet reversal of hard-earned democratic gains in the Balkans over the last several years, the European Union accession process still seems to be stuck on autopilot.
European leaders’ various reactions to the influx of migrants and refugees has inadvertently exposed a union that is pulling apart at the seams.
The EU should set explicit press freedom requirements for candidate countries and enforce these more strictly during the accession process.
In a new report, Freedom House highlights Russia's pivotal role in a decade-long decline in democracy among the countries of the post-Soviet sphere.