Theresia Töglhofer

Associate Fellow, Alfred von Oppenheim Center for European Policy Studies

Areas of Expertise

  • EU enlargement
  • Western Balkans


English, French, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian



Theresia Töglhofer became as associate fellow with the DGAP in January 2015 and is currently on a research stay in South East Europe. Between 2011 and 2014 she was a program officer at the DGAP's Alfred von Oppenheim Center, directing a program that supported think tanks from the Western Balkans. From 2010 to 2011, she worked in the Department for EU Integration at the Austrian Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs in Vienna.

She holds a master's degree in international affairs from Sciences Po Paris (2009). She also studied history, with a specialization in South-East European History, at Graz University (2010).


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Selected Publications

Regional Cooperation in the Western Balkans
Options for the Interplay of Neighborly Relations and EU Accession up to 2025
by Cornelius Adebahr, Theresia Töglhofer, Sarah Wohlfeld, Natasha Wunsch
DGAPkompakt 30 (December 2018), 21 pp.
Regional Cooperation in the Western Balkans
Under the European Commission’s 2018 Western Balkan strategy, candidate countries from the region must resolve bilateral disputes before joining the EU. As it wants to avoid importing conflicts, the EU puts the onus to ensure good neighborly relations onto the region itself. International researchers from this year’s TRAIN program developed scenarios for the region. They range from increasing regional cooperation to the possible fallout from failed conflict resolution or an EU fatigue toward the region.
Category: European Union, Balkans
From the West of the Balkans to “the Rest of the Balkans"?
Croatia’s EU entry opens up opportunities for South Eastern Europe but harbors the danger of new dividing lines, too
by Theresia Töglhofer
DGAPanalyse 8, September 5, 2013, 24 pp.
From the West of the Balkans to “the Rest of the Balkans"?
Croatia is the first of the Western Balkan countries to gain entry into the European Union. It is an encouraging signal for the region’s other contenders; if they fulfill the requirements for political and economic reforms, Brussels will honor its membership promises. At the same time, however, a new border is running through the region. Particularly in Bosnia-Herzegovina, the growing distance in the EU integration process is becoming a problem. The author warns against losing sight of the regional context.
Category: Enlargement Process, European Union, Europe, Balkans, Croatia
Accession Regatta Lull
The Western Balkans’ long journey to the EU
by Theresia Töglhofer
DGAPkompakt 2, May 2, 2012, 9 pp.
Accession Regatta Lull
Croatia will become the 28th EU member state in 2013, making it not only the first Western Balkan country to join the EU, but also the last new member for the next few years. Croatia’s relatively straight path to the EU is the exception to the rule in a region where issues of stabilization and unresolved bilateral conflicts still present a number of hurdles. At a time when Brussels is adopting stricter accession rules, will the EU be able to maintain its powerful appeal in the Western Balkans?
Category: Enlargement Process, Europe, Balkans