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05/05/2016

Tensions grow over Serbian accession talks

Enlargement


Commission admits visa-free travel for Turks depends on national parliaments

The European Commission today (4 May) proposed that Turkish nationals would enjoy visa-free travel to the EU’s Schengen zone by the end of June, praising Ankara for its fast delivery on meeting the necessary conditions. But Commission experts admit that national parliaments could upturn the deal.
Enlargement 02-05-2016

Commission set to propose lifting of visa requirement for Turkey

Despite deep public misgivings in some countries, the European Union will this week drive forward a plan to grant Turks visa-free travel to Europe as a reward for having reduced a flood of refugees and migrants into Europe to a trickle.
UK & Europe 02-05-2016

Geoffrey Harris: A European career between two UK referendums

Geoffrey Harris, an old hand in the European Parliament, started his career just after the European Communities membership referendum, and will retire days before the Brexit referendum. In a wide-ranging interview, he tells of people and events that made EU history.
Enlargement 28-04-2016

Turkey to seek ‘liberal interpretation’ of secularism in new constitution

Turkey's new constitution will retain secularism as a principle, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said yesterday (27 April), playing down comments from the parliamentary speaker who caused a public uproar by calling for a religious national charter.
Enlargement 27-04-2016

Geneva refuses to remove exhibition photo attacking Erdogan

The authorities of the Swiss city of Geneva have refused to remove a photograph from an exhibition in the city, which blames the death of a Turkish teenager on Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
Enlargement 27-04-2016

Turks protest Islamisation push

Turkish police yesterday (26 April) fired tear gas to break up protests over a call for the country to adopt a religious constitution that has sparked concerns of creeping Islamisation in the traditionally secular state.
Global Europe 25-04-2016

Merkel warms up to ‘safe zones’ in Syria

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said yesterday (24 April) that she did not favour classical "safe zones" in Syria which would need to be protected by foreign forces but believed that peace talks in Geneva could agree areas where fleeing Syrians could feel safe from bombardment.
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 22-04-2016

Turkish academics go on trial for 'terrorist propaganda'

Four Turkish academics go on trial Friday for "terrorist propaganda" in the latest of a series of court cases that have highlighted growing restrictions on free speech under President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
Enlargement 22-04-2016

EU cancels Vienna talks as Macedonia protests continue

The European Union yesterday (21 April) cancelled mediation talks on resolving the political crisis in Macedonia, as tens of thousands of pro- and anti-government demonstrators again took to the streets of Skopje.
Enlargement 21-04-2016

Macedonian opposition sets conditions for joining Vienna talks

Macedonia's opposition said yesterday (20 April) it would only join EU talks on resolving the country's political crisis if the government revoked an amnesty for politicians embroiled in a wire-tapping scandal and postpone the 5 June elections.
Enlargement 21-04-2016

Ankara denies entry to German journalist

Turkish authorities at Istanbul airport denied entry yesterday (20 April) to a German public television journalist who arrived from Cairo and planned to travel to the Turkey-Syria border, the ARD broadcaster said.


Commission proposes visa-free travel for Ukrainians

The European Commission proposed lifting the visa requirements for citizens of Ukraine on Wednesday (20 April). The move, which was expected, comes despite the Dutch referendum vote against the EU-Ukraine association agreement, partly motivated by hostility to migration.

Turkey moves closer to visa-free travel deal with EU

The EU vowed on Wednesday (20 April) to propose visa-free travel for Turks next month if Ankara meets the terms of a landmark refugee deal, as it tried to defuse a row with Turkey's leaders.
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.
Enlargement 19-04-2016

Hahn invites Macedonia leaders to Vienna talks

The European Union has invited Macedonian leaders to talks Friday (22 April) on ending the political crisis that has gripped the small Balkan country for the last two years.
Enlargement 15-04-2016

Tusk says Macedonia’s EU and NATO future ‘at risk’

EU Council President Donald Tusk warned Macedonia today (15 April) not to let its political crisis risk its ties with the European Union and NATO.

MEPs call for Turkish becoming EU language

One of the texts of the European Parliament Report on Turkey adopted yesterday (14 April) calls for making Turkish an official language of the EU, a move condemned by a minority of MEPs who voted against the report.
Enlargement 15-04-2016

West condemns Macedonian president’s amnesty for corrupt officials

Thousands took to the streets of the Macedonian capital for a third consecutive evening yesterday (14 April) to protest against the president's shock decision to halt probes into more than 50 public figures embroiled in a wire-tapping scandal.
Global Europe 14-04-2016

Turkey rejects European Parliament report as 'null and void'

Turkey on Thursday (14 April) rejected a European Parliament report which accused Ankara of "backsliding" on democracy, because of references that the mass killings of Armenians under the Ottoman Empire constituted genocide, EU Affairs Minister Volkan Bozkir said.
Enlargement 14-04-2016

Protesters ransack Macedonia president's office as crisis deepens

Protesters ransacked the offices of Macedonia's presidency late yesterday (13 April) and set fire to the furniture, as thousands took to the capital's streets in a deepening political crisis.
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 13-04-2016

EU doubts if credible elections in Macedonia are still possible

Macedonia's president on Tuesday (12 April) blocked all judicial proceedings against top politicians embroiled in a wire-tapping scandal that sparked a major political crisis, a move the European Union said raised "serious concerns".
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.