Enlargement

14-09-2017

It is not easy being LGBT in Serbia

Belgrade's annual Pride Week began on Monday (11 September) and will end with a march on Sunday (17 September). Pride parades were held over the past few years with strong security measures and, in the meantime, Serbia elected a gay prime minister. EURACTIV.rs reports.

13-09-2017

Juncker waves ‘credible EU prospects’ at Balkans, but no fast membership

European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker stayed true to form on the EU's enlargement prospects in his annual address on Wednesday (13 September), calling for a "credible enlargement perspective" for the Western Balkans while ruling out any fast track to membership.

EU auditors praise water quality efforts in new member states

European Union funding has been well spent on improving drinking water quality by Bulgaria, Hungary and Romania, according to a new report by the European Court of Auditors. But a funding gap could undermine progress made so far.

08-09-2017

Two ways to settle the border issue between Slovenia and Croatia

The international arbitration court decision is balanced and reasonable and Slovenians and Croats should be able to live with it, writes Žiga Turk.

08-09-2017

Estonian Presidency passes Turkey decision to Bulgaria

Estonia, which holds the rotating presidency of the Council of the EU, made it clear that no decision would be made following Angela Merkel's call to end Turkey’s membership talks this year, passing the responsibility to the next presidency – Turkey’s neighbour, Bulgaria.

Economy & Jobs 06-09-2017

Greece and Bulgaria sign ‘Sea2Sea’ project, hoping for EU funding

Sofia and Athens signed a memorandum of understanding on Wednesday (6 September) for the construction of a high-speed railway, hoping to attract foreign investment and establish strong links in a region historically known for divisions and antagonism between neighbours.

06-09-2017

Survey: Serbia’s heart is in the East, pocket in the West

Serbians are realistic where their own lives are concerned. But their opinion of the country's international position is irrational. EURACTIV.rs reports.

06-09-2017

Macedonia says ‘big step’ made in name row with Greece

Macedonia hailed a "big step" towards resolving a quarter-century-old dispute with neighbour Greece on Tuesday (5 September) over its name that has seen it blocked from NATO and European Union membership talks.

05-09-2017

Slovenia says it would be ‘very funny’ if Croatia joined Schengen

Slovenia on Monday (4 September) warned fellow EU member Croatia that failure to implement the Piran ruling will amount to a breach of the EU's rule of law.

Global Europe 05-09-2017

Turkey and Hungary find common ground after Germany’s election debate

The foreign ministers of Turkey and Hungary supported each other in exposing what they called “populism” and “hypocrisy” in Germany's televised pre-election debate, in which their countries were singled out.

04-09-2017

Ukraine reform plans: Away from Russia and towards European integration

Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Ivanna Klympush-Tsynadze, tasked with European integration, described in an interview the importance of the country's Association Agreement with the EU. EURACTIV Spain reports.

01-09-2017

Trans-Europe Express: Erdogan is bad for everyone

He never missed an opportunity to miss an opportunity. So went the Abba Eban-penned 1973 slogan used to describe the late PLO chief, Yasser Arafat, who was routinely blamed for failing to secure peace with Israel.

01-09-2017

Serbian labour debate focuses on minimum wage

The Serbian government's Social and Economic Council, unions and the Serbian Association of Employers, have launched negotiations over the minimum wage for 2018. Labour leaders face an uphill battle. EURACTIV.rs reports.

31-08-2017

Greek FM visits Skopje to build trust for ‘substantial’ talks on name dispute

Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Kotzias will meet on Thursday (31 August) with politicians in Skopje in order to build up further trust between the two countries. But it’s still “early” for a discussion about the name dispute, diplomatic sources told EURACTIV.com.

Global Europe 29-08-2017

Juncker says Erdogan’s Turkey taking giant steps away from EU

Turkey is taking "giant steps" away from Europe and it is entirely the fault of the "Erdoğan system", European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Tuesday (29 August) in his strongest comments to date against Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's rule.

Economy & Jobs 25-08-2017

Drought takes its toll on Serbia’s economic growth

Serbia plans to compensate for lower than planned GDP growth in 2017. Although, according to officials, economic indicators are good, the drought has taken its toll and forced the government to change its estimates. EURACTIV.rs reports.

Global Europe 25-08-2017

Gabriel: Turkey will never be EU member under Erdogan

Turkey will never be a member of the European Union as long as it is governed by Tayyip Erdoğan, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said on Thursday (24 August), accusing the Turkish president of failing to take accession talks with the bloc seriously.

22-08-2017

Serbia recalls embassy staff from Macedonia in spat over Kosovo

Serbia has recalled embassy staff from its southern neighbour Macedonia on Monday (21 August), after reports that Skopje was joining international diplomatic efforts to grant the former Serbian province of Kosovo membership of the U.N. cultural agency UNESCO.

21-08-2017

Kosovo’s election deadlock blocks funds, recognition

Kosovo's failure to establish a government two months after an election is stalling its bids for greater international recognition and blocking funds for the poverty-stricken country.

Global Europe 17-08-2017

Turkey criticises Merkel, says Germany can’t dictate EU policy

Turkey's EU minister said on Thursday (17 August) that German Chancellor Angela Merkel's comments about halting the expansion of a customs union between Ankara and the European Union harmed the credibility of the bloc.

17-08-2017

UN official: Kosovo deadlock has hurt country’s economy

Kosovo's failure to form a government two months after snap elections has hurt the country economically and socially, the head of the UN mission there said on Wednesday (17 August).

Global Europe 16-08-2017

Foreign minister: Turkey asks Germany to extradite coup suspect

Turkey has asked Germany to extradite a theology lecturer suspected of playing a major role in last year's failed coup, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Wednesday (16 August).

Global Europe 14-08-2017

Belgrade seeks ‘delimitation’ for Serbs in Kosovo

Serbia's foreign minister and a top ally of President Aleksandar Vučić has suggested a compromise to end a conflict over Kosovo, the newest independent European state, that is blocking Serbia's hopes of European Union membership.

14-08-2017

Western powers concerned at Kosovo political deadlock

Leading western powers voiced concern yesterday (13 August) at political deadlock in Kosovo, which has still not formed a government two months after snap elections in the tiny country, a former Serbian province.