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29/05/2016

Erdogan says Turkey will not change its anti-terrorism law

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Enlargement 27-05-2016

EU urges Bosnia to publish census results

The European Union urged Bosnia Thursday to publish by July the results of a national census, the latest subject of an inter-ethnic dispute but which is considered a crucial step towards EU integration.
Energy 26-05-2016

Cyprus will develop offshore gas irrespective of reunification

Cyprus will continue its project of developing offshore gas, keeping this dossier “completely separate” from the negotiations for the reunification of the island, the Cypriot Minister of Energy, Yorgos Lakkotrypis, said today (26 May).
Global Europe 26-05-2016

Merkel says 'not worried' about EU-Turkey migrant deal

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday (25 May) brushed off concerns about a landmark EU-Turkey deal designed to stem the flow of refugees to Europe after critical comments by her Turkish counterpart.
Enlargement 25-05-2016

Macedonia's EU aspirations in jeopardy

Political uncertainty in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) is leading to growing doubts over the country's capacity to meet its EU-accession targets. EurActiv Germany reports.

Erdogan says Turkish parliament will block EU refugee deal if no visa-free travel

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan yesterday (24 May) warned the European Union that lawmakers would block legislation related to the landmark deal to stem the flow of refugees to Europe if Ankara was not granted its key demand of visa-free travel.
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.
Europe's East 24-05-2016

Ukraine fatigue is spreading in Europe

The appointment of Yurii Lutsenko as Ukraine’s general prosecutor on 13 May will even further curb enthusiasm for Ukraine in Europe’s capitals. All branches of power in the country are in desperate need of reform, writes Michael Meyer-Resende.
Enlargement 24-05-2016

Merkel warns Erdogan his authoritarian drift endangers visa deal

German Chancellor Angela Merkel told President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan yesterday (23 May) of her "deep concern" over the state of democracy in Turkey and voiced doubt that a plan to offer Turks visa-free travel to the EU would be implemented on time.
Enlargement 23-05-2016

Merkel voices 'great concern' over Turkey ahead of visit

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said some political developments in Turkey were a source of "great concern" and pledged to address them during a visit to the country today (23 May).
UK & Europe 22-05-2016

Brexit row turns to Turkey's possible EU accession

Chief 'In' campaigner Prime Minister David Cameron clashed with members of his own party on Sunday (22 May) over the impending referendum on Britain's European Union membership, dismissing claims that he would be powerless to stop Turkey joining the EU.
Enlargement 20-05-2016

New Turkish bill denounced as power grab

Turkey's parliament today (20 May) adopted a highly divisive bill that will lift immunity for dozens of pro-Kurdish and other MPs and could see them thrown out of parliament.
UK & Europe 20-05-2016

Brexit prospect stokes dream of independent Scotland

Sitting in a Dundee park, two students discuss their hopes and dreams and, while they fear the prospect of Britain leaving the EU, they relish what it could bring -- a second chance at Scottish independence.


Enlargement 20-05-2016

New Turkish premier vows allegiance to Erdogan

Turkey's ruling party named a loyal ally of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan as the new prime minister yesterday (19 May), with the incoming premier immediately vowing to "work in total harmony" with the strongman leader.
Enlargement 20-05-2016

Macedonia passes law to enable disputed pardons to be revoked

Under international pressure, the Macedonian parliament yesterday (19 May) changed the law to enable President Gjorge Ivanov to revoke pardons he granted to more than 50 people implicated in a wiretapping scandal that has shaken Macedonian politics.

Turkey summons EU ambassador over refugee deal comment

Turkey summoned the top European Union envoy in the country on Tuesday (17 May) to complain about comments he made last week on the migration deal between Ankara and the EU, Turkish foreign ministry sources said yesterday (18 May).
Enlargement 19-05-2016

Macedonia postpones election under EU pressure

Crisis-hit Macedonia on Wednesday (18 May) postponed elections due next month, after the European Union called on Skopje to delay the polls in order to ensure they could take place freely and fairly.
Enlargement 18-05-2016

EU warns Macedonia election won’t be credible

The EU warned yesterday (17 May) that elections scheduled for next month in Macedonia could not be credible, because the ruling party was the only one to register candidates.
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 12-05-2016

Macedonia's Albanian minority parties to join election boycott

Two Albanian political parties in Macedonia said yesterday (11 May) they would join a boycott of parliamentary elections on 5 June, in order to protest government control over the media and state bodies, raising doubts about the viability of the poll.

Turkey repeats threat to flood Europe with refugees

An adviser to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan threatened that if the European Parliament votes against lifting the visa requirement for Turkish citizens, his country would send refugees on its territory to the European Union.

Erdogan says he wants visa waiver by October

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Tuesday (10 May) that he wanted the European Union to grant Turks visa-free travel to the passport-free Schengen area by October at the latest. The previous deadline, also cited by the Commission, was the end of June.
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.

Greek ‘Plan B’ reported, if EU-Turkey deal collapses

A German tabloid reported yesterday (9 May) that the EU was considering giving the billions it promised to Turkey to Greece instead, in case the deal agreed with Ankara to stem the refugee flows collapses.

Erdogan says Turkey will not change its anti-terrorism law

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Saturday (7 May) accused European nations of hypocrisy in pressing his country on terror laws while "sidelining democracy" at home in their own fight against terrorism.