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Kosovo PM says brother, other relatives, tried to migrate to EU

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The EU must react to the erosion of democracy in Kosovo

The EU helped shape Kosovo’s democracy. It should not stand by as that democracy is eroded by an increasingly authoritarian government, writes Andrea Lorenzo Capussela.
Enlargement 25-10-2016

Kosovo still dreams of EU and NATO membership

Kosovo's foreign affairs minister has reaffirmed his country's ambitions to join both NATO and the European Union, in an interview with EurActiv Spain.
Enlargement 27-09-2016

World Bank: Western Balkans economically resilient despite setbacks

The World Bank published  a report today (27 September) revealing that the economies of the six Western Balkans countries have performed rather well despite Brexit, the slow recovery in the EU and enlargement fatigue.
Enlargement 21-09-2016

EU accepts Bosnia and Herzegovina’s membership application

The European Union's 28 member states yesterday (20 September) accepted Bosnia and Herzegovina's membership application and ordered the Commission to prepare an assessment of the Balkan country's readiness to join the bloc.
Enlargement 15-09-2016

Serbian PM dreams of Balkan trade bloc

Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić said Wednesday (14 September) he feared for the stability of the Western Balkans, calling for a regional trade bloc as a way to overcome a painful past.
Europe's East 06-09-2016

EU moves closer to visa-free travel for Georgia, Ukraine may follow

A European Parliament committee yesterday (5 September) backed visa-free travel to the European Union for Georgia and moved towards granting another ex-Soviet republic, Ukraine, the same right, after migration worries delayed the process before the summer.
Enlargement 02-09-2016

Kosovo postpones contested border vote

Kosovo's government dropped plans for a parliamentary vote on a bitterly contested law on establishing its definitive border with Montenegro yesterday (1 September) after coalition allies stayed away from the session.
Enlargement 31-08-2016

Kosovo deplores ‘terrorist’ attacks over Montenegro border deal

Kosovo police said yesterday (30 August) they have detained six opposition supporters on suspicion of involvement in a rocket-propelled grenade attack on parliament.
Global Europe 29-08-2016

Kosovo warns against Serbia’s candidate for UN Secretary General

Kosovo, a former Serbian province that declared independence in 2008, but is still unrecognised by Belgrade, has warned against the candidacy of Vuk Jeremić, a former Serbian foreign minister, for UN Secretary General.
Global Europe 17-08-2016

Czechs call on EU to act over Balkan terrorism threat

At least 3,000 EU citizens have left for conflict zones in Syria and Iraq to fight for Islamic State. Some received training in Balkan countries, according to a Europol report which has raised alarm in the Czech Republic. reports.
Enlargement 16-08-2016

Biden hails gold medal for a country Serbia says doesn’t exist

US Vice-President Joe Biden has chosen this week to come to what is still Europe’s great unfinished business – the West Balkans. Can Biden knock any sense into his Serb hosts? Unlikely, says Denis MacShane.

MEPs back visa-free travel suspension mechanism

Members of the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs agreed today (7 July) that visa-free travel of non-EU citizens on EU territory can be suspended in particular circumstances.
Enlargement 05-07-2016

Hollande and Merkel reassure Balkan EU aspirants

French and German leaders yesterday (4 July) said Britain's shock decision to exit the EU would not influence Western Balkan nations aspiring to join the bloc.
UK & Europe 22-06-2016

‘Please don’t go’, Balkan leaders tell UK

When Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama wrote to the Times of London about the risk of Brexit, his message was clear - and echoed other Balkan nations desperate to join the European Union.

EU and Kosovo disagree over role of legal mission, cases suspended

All court cases in Kosovo handled by European Union prosecutors and judges were suspended today (15 June) after the Balkan country failed to extend their mandate because of a dispute over the role of the EU’s legal mission.

Member states use Brexit referendum to delay visa waivers

European Union states held off agreeing to ease travel rules for Georgia yesterday (1 June). Turkey, Ukraine and Kosovo should also expect more delays in visa liberalisation, as the bloc turns more cautious amid immigration fears, EU delegation sources said.
Enlargement 01-06-2016

Why Kosovo and the Balkans found relief in Austria's election result

As president of the tiny Republic of Kosovo in the Western Balkans, Hashim Thaçi is the first one to admit to being very relieved by the results of the presidential elections in Austria.

EU official: Turkey should wait for visa waiver until October

Turkey will have wait for the EU visa waiver at least until October, a representative of the European Union told journalists ahead of the Justice and Home Affairs Council opening today (20 May).
Enlargement 06-05-2016

Kosovo Serbs worried about EU proposal for visa-free travel

Kosovo Serbs voiced concerns on Thursday (5 May) about an EU proposal to allow visa-free travel for citizens of Kosovo, fearing it would force the Serb minority to recognize the territory's disputed independence.
Enlargement 21-04-2016

Pro-Russians set for comeback in Serbia

Ultra-nationalists hope to dent the success of Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić as Serbia votes on Sunday, calling on the Balkan country to embrace big brother Russia instead of the European Union.
Global Europe 14-04-2016

Refugee country ‘safe lists’ complicated by European disunity

The Geneva Convention clearly defines where can be considered a "safe country of origin", but the refugee crisis has complicated the issue and thrust it back into the limelight. EurActiv’s partner reports.
Central Europe 12-04-2016

Enhanced cooperation needed between Visegrad Group & Western Balkans

The refugee crisis and the fight against terrorism have made the EU and Western Balkans realise first-hand how interdependent we have become. Now is the time for enhanced engagement with the Western Balkans write Ditmir Bushati  and Lubomír Zaorálek.
Europe's East 11-04-2016

EU to propose visa-free travel for Ukraine despite Dutch vote

The European Commission will propose this month granting visa-free travel to Ukrainians despite a Dutch referendum vote against an EU-Ukraine agreement partly motivated by hostility to migration, a senior EU source said.
Enlargement 21-03-2016

Kosovo PM says brother, other relatives, tried to migrate to EU

Kosovo's prime minister said yesterday (20 March) his brother and some nephews and nieces were among tens of thousands of Kosovars who tried to enter the European Union last year fleeing poverty and unrest in their homeland.