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04/12/2016

Conservatives lead snap election in deadlocked Croatia

Location: Serbia


Enlargement 30-11-2016

Hungary urges EU to speed up Balkan accession talks

Hungary called on the European Union to speed up accession talks with the Western Balkans yesterday (29 November), so as to "protect" the bloc from a future influx of migrants.
Enlargement 30-11-2016

Balkan candidates hope to reinvigorate EU bids with new strategy

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.

Young Europeans continue to find it difficult to fly the nest

New statistics highlight how serious Europe’s economic malaise is still affecting young people, as significant numbers of 18-35 year-olds continue to live with their parents.
Enlargement 25-11-2016

Albanian foreign minister: EU enlargement 'lacks soul'

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.

Hungarian prisoners complete part of new anti-migrant fence

Hungarian prisoners have finished building the first part of a second anti-migrant fence on Hungary's southern border with Serbia, state television reported yesterday (21 November).
Enlargement 16-11-2016

Commission: Serbia should acknowledge the remit of independent bodies

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.
Enlargement 10-11-2016

Serbia easily digests Commission’s ‘progress report’

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 and Balkan states prepare for collapse of EU-Turkey deal

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.
Global Europe 03-11-2016

Austria sends troops to Hungary-Serbia border

Austria on Thursday (3 November) sent 60 troops to Hungary's border with non-EU Serbia as Vienna's defence minister warned that the EU's migrants deal with Turkey was "showing cracks".
Enlargement 31-10-2016

Croatia to coach Bosnians on how to join the EU

Croatia, the European Union’s newest member, has pledged to help its neighbour, Bosnia and Herzegovina, follow in its footsteps and join the bloc as soon as possible.

Enlargement 25-10-2016

Serbia unmasks plot to sway election in neighbouring Montenegro

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.
Enlargement 24-10-2016

Serbian flat taxpayers left in limbo for a second year

Some 250,000 entrepreneurs in Serbia are in limbo because authorities have not cleared their tax application for the second year in a row. EurActiv Serbia reports.
Enlargement 17-10-2016

Montenegro election marred by ‘coup’ accusations

Montenegro said it had arrested 20 Serbs for planning to carry out attacks after voting wrapped up in the Balkan nation's tense parliamentary elections yesterday (16 October).
Global Europe 13-10-2016

Russia has 'playbook' for covert influence in Eastern Europe, says study

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.
Enlargement 07-10-2016

Low income Serbians set to benefit from free legal aid in 2018

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.
Enlargement 06-10-2016

Montenegro in election tug-of-war between Russia and the West

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.
Enlargement 03-10-2016

Serbia mulls more border controls in wake of Hungarian defiance

Serbia should be prepared to further tighten border security, President Tomislav Nikolić said today (3 October), in a sign regional leaders have been emboldened by Hungary's defiant line on migration.
Enlargement 30-09-2016

The Serbian referendum in Bosnia and Herzegovina

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.
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 23-09-2016

Planned Serb referendum reawakens separatism fears in Bosnia

Bosnia's autonomous Serb region is set to defy its highest court with a referendum on a national holiday on Sunday (25 September) that may stoke separatist sentiment lingering since the 1990s war.
Enlargement 21-09-2016

EU gives equipment to help Serbia control migration

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.
Enlargement 19-09-2016

Serbia’s media privatisation leaves bitter aftertaste

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.
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.
Elections 12-09-2016

Conservatives lead snap election in deadlocked Croatia

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.