17 June 2005
ESI President on the Balkans' EU hopes

In an article for the Londond-based Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR), ESI President Gerald Knaus comments on the Balkans' EU hopes:

"The demise of the union's constitutional treaty may have dealt Balkan countries' membership aspirations a severe blow. How serious a setback is the failure of the ratification process of the European Union constitutional treaty for the Western Balkans? At this stage, nobody can say for sure, but the next few months will provide a clear answer. The ongoing European debate on the future of enlargement in the wake of the Dutch and French votes is ominous. Commentators and politicians, particularly in France and Germany, interpret the referenda as a call for a freeze on further progress towards EU membership…" (read the entire article)
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Alan Grant is an Irish photographer who travelled extensively in the Balkans and other countries and regions of the world. Thanks to him, ESI is able to show fascinating pictures of the Balkans: the facades of Tirana, the painted mosques of Travnik, the fabulous old houses of Plovdiv and the spectacular blue of water - dark in the Bay of Kotor, emerald in the river valleys of Bosnia, deep blue in Ohrid, twinkling in the Aegean Sea and on the Bosporus.

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Jonathan Lewis lives between London and Istanbul. He moved to London and spent many years studying photography and now specialises in photojournalism, documentary photography and commercial work for a wide variety of private and commercial clients in the UK, Europe and Turkey. His work has appeared in a number of magazines and publications and is used on the ESI website as well.

You can find out more about Jonathan Lewis on his website www.jonathanlewisphoto.com