Enlargement has fallen off the EU’s list of priorities and the Union is more than likely to shrink before it grows again. But the Western Balkans are still aspiring EU members and a new strategy has been developed that hopes to put them back on Brussels’ immediate agenda.
Brexit hasn't damaged the European project and the Balkan region is geopolitically crucial to the EU, particularly when it comes to tackling terrorism and the refugee crisis, according to Albania's foreign minister. EurActiv Germany reports.
Serbia should improve its understanding of independent bodies, including the Ombudsman, while its parliament should be more active in overseeing the government, the European Commission said in its annual Progress Report for Serbia. EurActiv Serbia reports.
The government in Belgrade is generally satisfied with the European Commission’s annual report on Serbia’s progress in European integration published on Wednesday (9 November), even though it might not agree with all of its conclusions. EurActiv Serbia reports.
Austria said on Monday (7 November) it will meet with its Balkan neighbours to discuss what action they might take if a deal with Turkey aimed at restricting the flow of illegal migrants into the European Union collapses.
Serbia has detained a number of people over a suspected plot to sway the outcome of Montenegro's 16 October election, the Serbian prime minister said yesterday (24 October), citing "undeniable and material" evidence found by his country's security services.
Russia has mounted a campaign of covert economic and political measures to manipulate five countries in Central and Eastern Europe, discredit the West's liberal democratic model, and undermine trans-Atlantic ties, a report by a private US research group said.
Serbia has been struggling for six years to put in place a law on free legal aid, which is one of the requirements for progress in its EU accession negotiations. The law will be adopted by the end 2016, and implemented in 2018, the justice ministry told EurActiv Serbia.
Alexander Khrgian quit Moscow for Montenegro in 2008 and immediately felt at home, setting up a law firm that helps the tiny country's outsized Russian diaspora do business, profiting from close ties between the two countries.
Cooperation between Republika Srpska and Russia has an adverse effect on Serbia and its EU accession efforts. This fits in with Moscow’s interests, since it wants to slow down NATO’s expansion into more Balkan states, writes Mateusz Seroka.
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.
The European Union said on Wednesday (21 September) that it was providing Serbia with training and specialist equipment, including thermal cameras, to help with the flow of migrants at the Balkan country's borders.
The privatisation of media in Serbia has left the sector looking bleak. Many media providers have been shut down, more than 1,000 journalists and other media professionals have lost their jobs, and the survival of many of the privatised media is uncertain. EurActiv Serbia reports.
Croatia's main conservative party looked set for victory after Sunday's (11 September) snap election, according to preliminary results, but will likely be forced into another coalition - furthering political uncertainty in the EU's newest member.