Enlargement

23-06-2017

EPP hails positive momentum on Macedonia name dispute

The centre-right European People’s Party (EPP) is satisfied with the new rapprochement between Skopje and Athens, as the two sides aim to unlock Macedonia's NATO bid and open the door to EU accession talks. But some within the party counselled caution.

22-06-2017

Mastercard poll: Serbians concerned about underground economy

The shadow economy limits the state's ability to provide public services, according to 2/3rds of Serbians surveyed. 8 out of 10 say it inhibits growth. For a country in which undocumented trade accounts for 30% of its GDP, the concern could not be clearer. EURACTIV.rs reports.

21-06-2017

Bulgaria and Macedonia start removing hurdles to relations

During new Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev's visit to Sofia on Tuesday (20 June), it was announced that Bulgaria and Macedonia will soon sign a bilateral treaty, removing some obstacles to Skopje’s bid to join NATO and the EU.

21-06-2017

Albania grapples with cannabis, a hurdle to EU accession

As Albania gears up for elections, one huge challenge facing the Balkan country has been low on the campaign agendas: the scourge of its cannabis fields, which threatens to hinder EU accession.

Elections 16-06-2017

Serbia names gay woman as premier in Balkan first

Serbia's president yesterday (15 June) named an openly gay woman as the next prime minister, a milestone move for the deeply conservative country and the wider Balkan region.

16-06-2017

Kosovo lurches to nationalism as Brussels lets down its friends

Elections in the West Balkans are never easy. Federica Mogherini might consider intervening now on the side of the pro-European forces in Kosovo, writes Denis MacShane.

15-06-2017

Another contested demolition in Belgrade’s Savamala district

The Serbian government has come under fire once again after the Nelt Group announced that its facilities in downtown Belgrade had been illegally razed. EURACTV.rs reports.

Global Europe 12-06-2017

New Macedonia leaders vow to revive EU/NATO bid

Macedonia's new leaders showed fresh resolve to revive the country's stalled bid for membership of the EU and NATO on Monday (June 12) by vowing to mend relations with estranged EU neighbours Greece and Bulgaria and implement long-delayed reforms.

12-06-2017

Kosovo’s ‘war wing’ coalition wins parliamentary vote

A coalition led by the ruling centre-right Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK) came first in Kosovo's snap parliamentary election yesterday (11 June), but it will have to find a coalition partner to form a stable government, results based on a partial vote count showed.

09-06-2017

Fragile Kosovo prepares for ‘crucial’ vote

Nine years after proclaiming independence, fragile Kosovo votes Sunday (11 June) at a time of high tension with Serbia, rampant unemployment and some of its leaders threatened with prosecution for war crimes.

08-06-2017

Berlin Plus: EU signals Western Balkans still a priority

Sigmar Gabriel hopes his new Berlin Plus plan will receive a warm welcome. Intended to dispel fears in the Western Balkans that the Union is preoccupied with domestic crises, Belgrade worries Berlin Plus is an excuse to leave Serbia in the "EU waiting room". EURACTIV.rs reports.

08-06-2017

New Macedonia PM signals willingness to tackle row with Greece

Macedonia's new Prime Minister, Zoran Zaev, has signalled a possible shift in the country's sour relations with neighbouring Greece, which have blocked Skopje's efforts to join the European Union and NATO.

08-06-2017

Croatia to build bridge around Bosnia

Croatia will move forward with building a bridge linking the two parts of its Adriatic coastline, which should cut travel times for tourists, after the EU on Wednesday (7 June) approved €357 million euros in financing.

01-06-2017

Vucic inauguration highlights premier vacuum in Serbia

On 31 May, Serbia got a new president: Serbian Progressive Party leader and now ex-Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić. But the public is trying to guess who the new premier will be and whether an early general election will be called. EURACTIV Serbia reports.

Politics 01-06-2017

Serbia’s new president calls for ‘dialogue’ over Kosovo

Serbia's Aleksandar Vučić, who was sworn in as the country's president yesterday (31 May), wants to open a debate over the future of Kosovo, the breakaway province whose independence Belgrade has refused to recognise.

31-05-2017

Macedonia’s parliament opens session in Albanian language

Macedonia's prime minister-designate Zoran Zaev pledged yesterday (30 May) to lead the country into the European Union and NATO as the parliament began debate on forming the new government.

Transport 31-05-2017

‘Chinese Balkan corridor’ pits EU north against south

The Western Balkans have become China’s preferred access point to the EU, and a corridor to Europe’s north from the Greek port of Piraeus is being financed by Beijing. But Brussels fears EU rules will not be respected, while in northern countries, big ports resent the competition.

30-05-2017

Albania opposition supporters ‘poisoned’ by white powder

Albanian police launched a probe yesterday (29 May) into the alleged poisoning of several dozen opposition supporters by a mysterious white powder at a weekend rally.

29-05-2017

The man who Trump shoved

US President Donald Trump was filmed barging his way past a fellow leader at last week’s NATO summit. But who was the man he jostled out of the way? EURACTIV’s partner treffpunkteuropa.de reports.

26-05-2017

Mogherini to Western Balkans: EU door remains open

EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini held separate meetings with six prime ministers from the West Balkans in Brussels on Wednesday (on May 24). The talks come amid concerns over the possible rise of tensions in the Western Balkans. EURACTIV Serbia reports.

Politics 26-05-2017

Loss of trust in EU has social and economic consequences

Trust in EU membership is on the up across the continent but confidence in the Union’s institutions continues to flag. That is why a number of initiatives designed to increase transparency and accountability have gained momentum in recent years.

25-05-2017

‘Yugo-stalgic’ Balkans long for socialist past

The breakup of Yugoslavia brought more harm than good, according to a new survey. ‘Yugo-stalgia’ and dissatisfaction caused by low employment and political instability mean many yearn for the days of socialism.

Politics 24-05-2017

NATO breaks partnership deadlock over Turkey-Austria dispute

NATO reached a deal yesterday (23 May) to unblock partnerships with around 40 non-member countries which had been paralysed by a dispute between Turkey and Austria, officials said.

23-05-2017

Albanian opposition joins government to clear vote obstacles

Opposition ministers joined Albania's government yesterday (22 May) to ensure public resources and the police will not be used to sway the 25 June general election, hopefully setting the scene for a trouble-free vote.