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03/12/2016

Austria unwilling to copy Brexit as study reveals EU membership benefits

Enlargement


Enlargement 02-12-2016

Cyprus leaders agree to resume peace talks

Rival Cypriot leaders have agreed to resume UN-backed reunification talks after negotiations broke down in Switzerland last month.
Enlargement 02-12-2016

Dutch join push for EU-Turkey accession talks freeze

The Dutch government has lent its weight to calls for the EU to freeze Turkey's membership talks, diplomats said yesterday (1 December), raising the prospect of European leaders making such a move at a summit in two weeks.
Enlargement 01-12-2016

Cartoon: A setback for Balkan accession

The death of Fidel Castro on 25 November provoked reactions around the world, with sympathy and condemnation in equal measure. Berco imagines the response in the EU's Balkan candidate countries.
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.
Enlargement 29-11-2016

Turkey slams EU vote as 'most unjust in history'

Turkey's EU Affairs Minister, Ömer Çelik, on Tuesday (29 November) dismissed a European Parliament vote to freeze accession talks with Ankara as the "most unjust resolution in history" and urged solidarity instead.
Enlargement 29-11-2016

EU, Moldova reaffirm ties after pro-Russian president elected

The European Union and Moldova on Monday (29 November) reaffirmed close ties which they said would not be affected by the recent election of a pro-Russian president.
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.
Enlargement 25-11-2016

Corruption and nationalism threaten Bosnia's EU bid

Bosnia and Herzegovina has made it perfectly clear that its future lies in the European Union, despite  the bumps in the road posed by corruption, nationalism and the scars of history. EurActiv Spain reports.
Enlargement 24-11-2016

Parliament backs freeze of Turkish membership talks

The European Parliament on Thursday voted in favour of a freeze of membership talks with Turkey over its post-coup crackdown, further escalating tensions with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
Euro & Finance 23-11-2016

Romania's huge EU funding net gain revealed

Romania's contribution to the EU budget over the last decade only totalled €13 billion, according to the country's very first European Commissioner. EurActiv Romania reports.
Enlargement 23-11-2016

How Erdogan's purge hit the EU and NATO

The European Parliament will this week vote on whether to suspend Turkey’s EU membership bid. Andrew Duff explains how the Turkish military has reacted to Erdoğan’s power grabbing and how NATO fits into the equation.


Enlargement 23-11-2016

Erdogan says European Parliament vote has 'no value'

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said today (23 November) that a European Parliament vote set to back a freeze of membership talks with Ankara over its relentless post-coup crackdown would have "no value".
Enlargement 23-11-2016

Scrapping Turkey accession talks now will only make things worse

Suspending Turkey’s bid for EU membership would only help to erode democratic values further. Laura Batalla Adam urges the EU to continue with the accession process.
Enlargement 23-11-2016

MEPs urge freezing Turkey membership talks

A vast majority of the political groups in the European Parliament yesterday (22 November) said the Commission should temporarily freeze the accession talks with Turkey because of its post-coup purges - while the Commission warned that cutting ties would be a lose-lose solution.
Elections 22-11-2016

San Marino suffers its own election upset

Protest parties are garnering more and more support across Europe. Even one of the world's smallest countries, San Marino, is not exempt from the trend. EurActiv Germany reports.
Enlargement 22-11-2016

Cyprus talks hit impasse over territory

Crucial talks on Cyprus reunification held in Switzerland hit an impasse in the night of 21 to 22 November, the Cypriot press announced.
Enlargement 22-11-2016

Turkey’s ruling party withdraws ‘rape law’

Turkey's ruling party said today (22 November) it will withdraw a marriage bill that the United Nations warned could legitimise child rape.
Enlargement 21-11-2016

Turkey blocks MEPs from visiting imprisoned Kurdish leader

Turkish authorities on Monday (21 November) blocked a delegation of national and European Parliament lawmakers from visiting the leader of Turkey's main pro-Kurdish party, who has been held in jail for almost three weeks.
Enlargement 21-11-2016

Erdogan demands support against PKK at NATO meeting

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Monday (21 November) urged the European Union and West to step up backing of Ankara's fight against Kurdish militants, as he addressed a meeting of NATO lawmakers.
Enlargement 21-11-2016

Fed up with EU, Erdogan says Turkey could join 'Shanghai Five' bloc

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was quoted saying yesterday (20 November) that Turkey did not need to join the European Union "at all costs" and could instead become part of a security bloc dominated by China, Russia and Central Asian nations.
Enlargement 17-11-2016

Gülenists give their version of the Turkish coup

A report published by an organisation close to the movement of Fethullah Gülen, the Turkish preacher accused by the authorities of Ankara of being the mastermind of the failed 15 July coup, questions the official story and highlights many abuses for which the coup appears to be a pretext.
Enlargement 17-11-2016

Euro MPs cancel Turkey trip over coup criticism

Top EU lawmakers yesterday (16 November) cancelled a visit to Turkey after Ankara refused to see one of the MEPs because of her criticism of Ankara's massive crackdown following July's failed coup, a parliament source said.
Future EU 17-11-2016

Austria unwilling to copy Brexit as study reveals EU membership benefits

EU doom-mongers predicted in the wake of the United Kingdom’s Brexit vote that other countries would follow suit in the months and years to come. But one of the countries touted as a fellow ‘exiter’, Austria, looks likely to stay in the European club for now. EurActiv Germany reports.