Enlargement

Elections 24-02-2017

Macedonia’s Social Democrats to form government with Albanian party support

The leader of Macedonia's Social Democrats said yesterday (23 February) he expected to be able to form a new government in March, having found an agreement with the biggest Albanian party over a law backing broader use of their language in the country.

Elections 24-02-2017

Hahn: All sides in Montenegro should show restraint

In an exclusive interview against the background of stalemate in Montenegro, Neighbourhood Commissioner Johannes Hahn told EURACTIV.com that he trusts the country’s political leaders will find a way to compromise, and that he hoped to meet them soon.

Politics 23-02-2017

Rise in Eastern Europeans leaving UK since Brexit vote

Migrants from eight Eastern European countries are increasingly leaving Britain after the Brexit vote but the number arriving from Bulgaria and Romania has jumped, official data released today (23 February) showed.

Europe's East 23-02-2017

Transnistria’s economic woes present Moldova with opportunity

Moldovan media reports that the country could take advantage of Transnistria’s uncertain future and bring the disputed territory back under its control. But Chișinău insists that it would rather remain neutral. EURACTIV Romania reports.

23-02-2017

MEPs focus on Serbian Savamala affair

After ten months, and no judicial progress, lawmakers in the European Parliament are discussing the destruction of privately owned buildings in the centre of Belgrade last year. EURACTIV Serbia reports.

Future EU 23-02-2017

Resilient but shaky Bosnia marks a year since EU application

In the year since Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) submitted its formal application to join the European Union, little has gone according to plan for the fragile country, writes Sanford Henry.

23-02-2017

Albanian opposition to boycott parliament, defying EU appeal

Albania's opposition leader announced a boycott of parliament yesterday (22 February), defying an appeal from the European Union not to disrupt parliamentary approval of judiciary reforms vital to starting EU accession talks.

23-02-2017

Montenegro seeks assurance Trump won’t derail its NATO accession

Stuck in a geopolitical tug of war over its NATO bid, Montenegro wants the United States to guarantee that it will ratify its accession protocol. American diplomats told EURACTIV that the process will take time but that US policy should not change.

22-02-2017

Montenegro: Opposition riding the referendum caravan

As Montenegro pushes ahead with its bid to join NATO, the pro-Russian hardline opposition, hoping to block the country's accession, is using "neutrality" as ammunition to fight what it calls a pro-Western "mafia regime".

21-02-2017

Turkey’s pro-Kurdish opposition appeals to European court over detentions

Turkey's main pro-Kurdish opposition party said yesterday (20 February) it had appealed to the European Court of Human Rights over what it said was the unlawful imprisonment of its two leaders on terrorism-related charges.

21-02-2017

Montenegro’s parliament ‘will vote for NATO by 59%’

Montenegro will finish the ratification procedure of its NATO accession with a vote in parliament in the coming months. Public opinion is evenly divided for and against NATO membership, but it is unlikely that a referendum will be called over the issue.

Public Affairs 20-02-2017

EURACTIV Metamorphosis: The story behind EURACTIV’s rebranding

As you discover our rebranded euractiv.com website today, we wanted to walk you through the changes that have been taking place at EURACTIV over the last 6 or so months.

20-02-2017

EU calls for rapid investigation into Montenegro ‘coup’

Montenegro, which broke away from a union with Serbia to become independent in 2006, has been engulfed in a coup drama since the 16 October general election when authorities arrested 20 Serbians accused of planning armed attacks against government institutions.

Global Europe 17-02-2017

The next Turkish revolution after Ataturk

Turkey’s new constitution will give the country the tools it needs to face today’s challenges and to play its important role as a pivot between East and West, writes Egemen Bağış.

16-02-2017

Chief prosecutor overrules jailing of Montenegro opposition leaders

Montenegro's chief prosecutor, Ivica Stanković, issued yesterday (15 February) binding instructions to his special prosecutor not to arrest two opposition MPs, although the parliament stripped them of their immunity on charges of having participated in the plotting of a coup d’état.

15-02-2017

Tatar leader: ‘Crimea will be free’

It is only through repression and fear that occupying regimes can stay in power, Crimean Tatar leader, and former Soviet dissident Mustafa Dzhemilew, told Euractiv Poland.

15-02-2017

Serbia’s ruling party to back PM Vucic for presidential race

The leadership of Serbia's ruling Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) decided yesterday (14 February) to nominate Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić as a candidate for the presidency.

14-02-2017

Poll: Serbs unwilling to go to war over Kosovo

Relations between Serbia and Kosovo may seem tense. But a new poll by an NGO shows that an overwhelming majority of Serbians wouldn’t support armed conflict in order to reclaim the province, which unilaterally declared independence in 2008. Euractiv Serbia reports.

14-02-2017

US letter to Serbia makes no mention of EU bid

The United States' annual message to Serbia to mark its national day made no mention of the country's bid to join the European Union, which Washington has previously supported.

14-02-2017

Montenegro prosecutor targets opposition leaders in ‘coup’ investigation

Montenegro's special prosecutor yesterday (13 February) received permission from a parliamentary council to strip immunity from two opposition leaders targeted in the investigation of an alleged coup attempt on 16 October, where general elections were held in the Balkan country.

Hashim Thaçi - now the president of Kosovo - is accused of leading a mafia-style network involved in assassinations and unlawful detentions.
13-02-2017

Serbians seek justice for Kosovo’s forgotten victims

Calling their dead "second-class victims", Serbian families of civilians killed by Kosovo's ethnic Albanian rebels in the late 1990s hope a new court at The Hague will finally bring them justice.

10-02-2017

EU tells Macedonian politicians to drag country out of crisis

European Union Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn yesterday (9 February) urged political parties in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) to reach a swift agreement on the formation of a new government.

10-02-2017

Serbia-Croatia relations strained by the past

Relations between Belgrade and Zagreb are stuck. Frequently in crisis mode, their ties are beset by sharp rhetoric, especially during election periods, say Serbian and Croatian political analysts. Euractiv Serbia reports.

06-02-2017

NATO chief tells Kosovo and Serbia to ‘calm down’

NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg told Kosovo and Serbia to "calm down" on Friday (3 February), following a string of disputes that have sent bilateral tensions rising to their highest level in years.