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Daily limit on refugees still not enough for Austrians

Austria is now nearly in a position to introduce its daily limit on numbers. But for many Austrians, it does not go far enough. EurActiv Germany reports.

Syria fund to help refugees in Macedonia and Serbia

The Syria trust fund, used to help Syrian refugees and overstretched host communities in Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan and Iraq, will also be used to help the migrants who made it to Macedonia and Serbia, an EU official said on Monday (1 February).
Central Europe 22-01-2016

Balkan countries fear becoming buffer zone for refugees

Fearing that Western countries will close their borders, Macedonia, Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia are only letting refugees whose registration papers say that they will apply for asylum in Austria and Germany pass through.

Macedonia ‘temporarily’ closes its Greek border to migrants

Macedonia has closed its border with Greece to migrants, police in Skopje said yesterday (20 January), blocking the path of hundreds trying to reach northern Europe.
Elections 18-01-2016

Serbian premier calls for snap elections

Serbia's Prime Minister Aleksandar Vu?i? yesterday (17 January) called for early elections in a bid to cement stability as the Balkan country negotiates its accession into the European Union.
Enlargement 12-01-2016

'Closed' Serbian news agency with ties to government still publishing

Tanjug, the state-owned news agency in Serbia, is still publishing two months after it should have closed down, in line with EU-backed media reforms. EurActiv Serbia reports.
Enlargement 18-12-2015

Opening of chapters a historic step for Serbia

On 14 December, nearly two years after the launch of accession negotiations with the EU, Serbia opened the first two chapters, on financial control, and the normalization of relations with Kosovo. EurActiv Serbia reports.
Enlargement 15-12-2015

EU warms to Turkey, Serbia membership bids

The European Union revived Turkey's membership bid on Monday (14 Dcember) and opened accession talks with Serbia, showing how a migration crisis and Russia's presence in the Balkans has prompted the EU to rethink plans to stop expanding.
Energy 11-12-2015

Bulgaria and Greece start building gas interconnector

Sofia and Athens yesterday (10 December) signed a final investment agreement to build a natural gas pipeline to help Bulgaria reduce its almost complete reliance on Russian gas supplies.

Migration crisis morphs 'enlargement fatigue' into realpolitik

The migration crisis is putting pressure on the EU to re-open accession negotiations with strategic neighbours. But it should take care not to compromise its values, writes Peter Van Elsuwege.
Enlargement 08-12-2015

Serbia's defence minister fired over sexist slur on journalist

Serbia's defence minister was to be dismissed Monday, after making a sexist remark to a female journalist that prompted a storm of criticism in the Balkan country. EurActiv Serbia reports.
Enlargement 27-11-2015

Serbs question renewed US interest in Western Balkans

Visits by US Vice President Joseph Biden, and Secretary of State John Kerry, to the Western Balkans, just seven days apart, have been welcomed in the region as confirmation that Washington has not lost interest, after the major role it played in the 1990s.
Med & South 25-11-2015

UN decries stopping refugees at borders

The United Nations yesterday (24 November) condemned new restrictions on refugees that have left around 1,000 migrants stuck at the main border crossing into Macedonia from Greece, denied entry due to their nationalities in violation of international law.
Med & South 23-11-2015

Conditions worsen for refugees stranded at Balkan borders

New border controls in the Western Balkans are leaving refugees stranded behind barbed wire as temperatures start to plunge, and aid agencies warned that the clampdown would lead to a rise in smuggling.
Enlargement 19-11-2015

Riots rage in Kosovo over Serbia relations

Riots erupted in Kosovo yesterday (18 November) in a deepening crisis over relations with former ruler Serbia, with protesters setting fire to garbage containers and government vehicles in the capital Pristina.

Serbia steps up migrant checks after Paris attacks

Serbian authorities announced they would increase border checks on refugees following the terrorist attacks in Paris. Seven Serbian citizens were severely injured in the attacks. EurActiv Serbia reports.
Enlargement 13-11-2015

Kosovo: UNESCO rejection due to Serbia's ‘appalling behaviour’

Kosovo has just missed out on admission to UNESCO. In an interview by EurActiv Germany, Deputy Prime Minister Hashim Thaçi was asked how he evaluated Belgrade's role in the decision.

Germany to take 7,200 refugees a day

Austria, Germany and Slovenia have agreed upon a common strategy for dealing with a large amount of the refugees attempting to cross their borders. EurActiv Germany reports.

All eyes on Germany as refugee exodus continues

Member states are affected in very different ways by the refugee crisis. But all of them worry about what will happen when Germany’s capacity to absorb asylum seekers reaches saturation point. The EurActiv network reports.
Enlargement 04-11-2015

Kosovo’s European future edges closer

Kosovo’s increasing cooperation and gradual integration with the EU single market lays the foundation for the country’s ultimate goal: EU accession, writes Hashim Thaçi.

Austria accused of waving through refugees into Bavaria

As the refugee crisis pushes the relationship between Austria and Bavaria to breaking point, an Austrian MEP has called for both sides to come to an understanding. EurActiv Germany reports.

Juncker: Member states should pay for refugees

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker made an appeal to the European Parliament, and to member states, to find innovative ways of financing the migrant crisis, as the EU coffers are running dry.

Srebrenica families ask pan-Europe court to try Dutch commanders

The families of three Bosnian Muslims who were killed after leaving UN protection in 1995 have asked the European Court of Human Rights to prosecute three ex-UN commanders for their deaths, their lawyer said Sunday (25 October).

Leaders clash at migration mini-summit

Leaders of the countries of the so-called “Balkan route” clashed on Sunday (25 October) with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, with some of them using the argument that the Union may fall apart because of the refugee exodus.