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29/08/2016

Julian Popov: The future of gas in Europe is uncertain

Location: Serbia


Global Europe 19-08-2016

Spokesman: Serbia intercepts over 3,000 illegal migrants in a month

Serbia detained over 3,000 migrants illegally entering into the country in one month, a military spokesman said, suggesting many were still trying to make their way along a Balkan corridor to the European Union despite border closures.
Global Europe 17-08-2016

Will the UN glass ceiling be shattered this time?

While the contest to select the next UN Secretary-General may not be on a par with the slugging match for the White House, it is beginning to heat up - with some decidedly undiplomatic tactics evident in the campaign to replace Ban Ki-moon, writes Dick Roche.
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.
Enlargement 11-08-2016

New pro-reform Serbian government gets parliament approval

Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic's new cabinet was endorsed by parliament on Thursday (11 August) on a platform of stepping up reforms and completing EU accession talks in 2019.
Europe's East 04-08-2016

Serbia's institutions fail to protect women from violence

Omissions by Serbia’s state institutions in cases of violence against women, primarily a lack of exchange of information, increase the number of death, according to the findings of Ombudsman Saša Janković.

Hungary uses ‘excessive’ violence against migrants, says MSF

The situation on the Balkan migration route is getting increasingly worrying, according to Doctors Without Borders (MSF). The organisation blames Hungary for using "excessive" violence against migrants stranded in the area.
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.
Global Europe 04-07-2016

Analysts: Brexit will slow EU enlargement in the Western Balkans

The United Kingdom's decision to leave the EU will have hurt the accession of Serbia, and other Western Balkans countries, analysts warn. It will slow accession down, but not stop it completely. EurActiv Serbia reports.
Enlargement 04-07-2016

EU enlargement after Brexit

The lack of political commitment to the EU integration of the Western Balkans has direct influence on the region’s democratic backsliding, writes Srdjan Cvijic.
Enlargement 22-06-2016

Serbia sacks its Brussels ambassador

Serbia has sacked its ambassador to the EU Duško Lopandić, the official explanation being that he has been unable to prevent an exhibition in the European Parliament honouring a controversial figure in Yugoslavia’s history.
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.
Enlargement 21-06-2016

‘Good lawyers and bad judges’ in Serbia team up to free iconic defendants

‘Good lawyers and bad judges’ have freed the protagonists of a major cigarette trafficking affair, in a judicial case illustrating the myriad failings of Serbian law enforcement. EurActiv Serbia reports.

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.
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.
Enlargement 24-05-2016

Journalists denounce ‘political’ dismissals at Serbian regional broadcaster

A protest rally was held in Novi Sad on 23 May over dismissals at the public Radio Television of Vojvodina, less than two weeks after the ruling Serbian Progressive Party, led by Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić, came to power in the province. EurActiv Serbia reports.
Enlargement 12-05-2016

Thugs destroy buildings in Belgrade while police look the other way

On 11 May, hundreds of residents of Belgrade protested the bulldozing of buildings on a street facing the Sava river, outraged by the silence of the authorities, and the complicity of the police. EurActiv Serbia reports.
Enlargement 11-05-2016

Serbia seeks more EU accession talks despite Croatia opposition

Serbia's chief negotiator on Tuesday (10 May) called on the European Union to continue accession talks in June as planned, criticising the opposition from Balkans neighbour Croatia.
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 25-04-2016

Pro-EU Vucic set for landslide in Serbian snap election

Serbia's pro-European Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić claimed victory in yesterday’s (24 April) general election after projections showed him winning by a landslide. But the hardline Radicals are set to return to Parliament after a 4-year absence.
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 treffpunkteuropa.de reports.
Enlargement 12-04-2016

Tensions grow over Serbian accession talks

Croatia’s refusal to agree to the opening of Chapter 23 in Serbia’s EU accession negotiations has heightened tensions between the two countries, which, over the past six months, have grown significantly cooler. EurActiv Serbia 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.
Energy 12-04-2016

Julian Popov: The future of gas in Europe is uncertain

Gas demand in Europe will most likely continue to decline. This is the reason why the competition for additional gas import infrastructure is so fierce and politicised - there is simply no need for more, Julian Popov told EurActiv.com in an exclusive interview.