Not really, an expert of the Moscow-based International Institute of Humanitarian and Political Studies maintains. For starters, the European Union is plagued by internal divisions and will collapse under the weight of additional members.
"Should the Balkan nations join the EU now, the bloc will collapse. It has already become quite ungovernable. The [processes] in the EU are multidirectional: bringing someone into the union means losing someone else. Theoretically speaking, the EU's enlargement will lead to the UK conducting a referendum and leaving the union," Vladimir Bruter told Sputnik.
It is also a matter of responsibility and money for a bloc which unites many countries with troubled or depressed economies.
The Balkan nations might or might not be aware of this dynamics, but they surely understand now that the EU is unable to tackle challenges they face.
"The European Union is the only integration project in Europe. But its usefulness is diminishing. I think that on the one hand [the Balkan countries] don't mind [joining the bloc]. On the other hand, they understand that it is no longer enough," Bruter noted.
Putting off the accession of the Balkan States is EU's last chance to stay alive, We already know that 2004 was a mistake.— Xavier Glangeaud (@XavierGlangeaud) 3 февраля 2014
Last week, media reports suggested that the European Union, primarily Germany, decided to accelerate the process of the bloc's expansion by adding Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia to the fold. The move is seen as an attempt to undermine the Balkans' warm relations with Russia.
The initiative is said to be spearheaded by Berlin and supported by the United States.