Germany is changing its policy, will it affect the Balkans?

It is assumed that this new political path will have a great impact on the Western Balkans as well.
Namely, France and Angela Merkel, the outgoing Chancellor, tried to find a way to simplify EU foreign policy, i.e. that in the future foreign policy decisions in the EU Council require a simple majority, not consensus, as is the case now, but Merkel did not accept that idea. The new government, which will be led by the Social Democrat Olaf Scholz, is much closer to the French position. As "Politico" writes, a proposal that would simplify some foreign policy decisions, such as the adoption of sanctions, could appear these days. According to the valid rules, a consensus is needed for the decision on sanctions, while if a new proposal passes, a simple majority will be enough.
Proposals for the introduction of simple majority decision-making in other areas of foreign policy can be expected in the coming months, which France, along with several other influential EU countries, has advocated so far, but now with the support of Germany, the most influential EU country.
According to "Politico", the primary intention of this new proposal is to strengthen the EU's influence in global relations in order to position itself more easily in relation to other global powers, such as China, the United States and Russia.
Since no EU country alone could block any foreign policy decision, that would mean stronger influence from Brussels and faster decision-making. Although it does not refer directly to the Western Balkans, it is obvious that one of the areas where the new mechanisms could be applied in practice would be in the Balkan region.
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