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09/12/2016

Riots rage in Kosovo over Serbia relations

Location: Western Balkans


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.
Enlargement 09-11-2016

Hahn wants ‘clear mandate’ to discuss if EU-Turkey relations have a future

Neighbourhood Commissioner Johannes Hahn, who is also responsible of enlargement negotiations, said today (9 November) that faced with the pressure of some political groups and some member states to freeze the negotiations with Turkey, he wants a clear mandate to discuss the issue with Ankara.
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 13-09-2016

Romania and Bulgaria were not ready for accession, EU auditors confess

The European Court of Auditors (ECA) lifted the veil on a little-known page of European history yesterday (12 September) when it revealed the Court had initially opposed the accession of Romania and Bulgaria to the EU.
Global Europe 26-08-2016

Changing mood in Europe a year after Austria refugee disaster

The gruesome discovery of 71 dead migrants in a truck in Austria last August shocked Europe and led countries to open their borders to a massive influx of people fleeing war and poverty, mainly from the Middle East.
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. EurActiv.cz reports.
Enlargement 19-07-2016

EU gives Albania ultimatum over judicial reform

Albania must pass anti-corruption reforms of its judiciary on Thursday (21 July) or sacrifice its hopes of starting negotiations to join the EU, MEPs warned today (19 July).
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.
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.
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.

EU summit set to close the Balkan route to migrants

European Union leaders today (7 March) will back closing down the Balkans route used by most migrants to reach Europe, diplomats said, after at least 25 more people drowned trying to cross the Aegean Sea en route to Greece.
Global Europe 02-03-2016

EU to launch humanitarian aid plan within its own borders

EXCLUSIVE / The European Commission is set to adopt today (2 March) a new plan aimed at providing humanitarian assistance to refugees inside the European Union, according to a draft proposal seen by EurActiv Greece.
Development Policy 01-03-2016

EU to use overseas aid for refugee crisis at home

The European Commission will this week propose using funds usually earmarked for catastrophes outside the bloc to provide aid to EU countries affected by the migrant crisis, a spokeswoman said Monday (29 February).
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.
Europe's East 15-01-2016

George Friedman: The EU is increasingly unreliable and unpredictable

The United States has a partnership with Europe, but it can no longer think of NATO as the mechanism by which it is related to Europe, George Friedman told EurActiv in an exclusive interview.
Enlargement 07-01-2016

The Western Balkans tinderbox

The EU urgently needs to re-commit to the Western Balkans in 2016, as profound social discontent may trigger new regional crises, writes John O’Brennan.

Brussels unveils controversial plan for EU border force

The European Commission unveiled plans Tuesday (15 December) for a new border and coastguard force that can intervene even without the host country's consent, saying it had to restore security threatened by the migration crisis.

Bulgaria and Romania twenty years later

Twenty years after Bulgaria and Romania applied for membership in 1995, and almost a decade after their 2007 accession, their people still feel like second class EU citizens, writes Sir Michael Leigh.
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.