A Critical Discourse Analysis on the Annual Progress Reports from 2010 to 2021

  • Anders Aune Master student at the Joint Master’s Programme in Southeast European Studies at University of Graz
Keywords: European Union (EU), EU Enlargement, Critical Discourse Analysis, Discourse Historical Approach, Serbia´s accession process to the EU, Serbia


This article enquires into the evolution of the European Commission’s discourse with respect to rule of law, corruption and media development in Serbia during period 2010–2021. The study performs a critical discourse analysis with use of discourse historical approach on the annual progress reports published by the European Commission. The study uncovers that the progress reports shows patterns of both continuity and change. The topics and subtopics related to rule of law, corruption and media represents large patterns of continuity. Some new topics, mostly negative ones, have arisen during the period, but the criteria and form of evaluation seems stable. The intensification strategy in the discourse the last four years seems not to be enough to transform the EU accession process, and it seems that Serbia lacks motivation on their road to accession.


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