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EU accepts Bosnia and Herzegovina’s membership application


Populism in Europe stoking violence, say gay activists

Activists at Europe's biggest annual gay rights conference warned today (21 October) that populist political movements across the continent are stoking violence against minorities.
Enlargement 20-10-2016

Navracsics voted against the Commission, but his EU commitment remains 'unshaken’

The Commission told EurActiv today (20 October) that Hungarian Commissioner Tibor Navracsics had clarified with Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker that his commitment to the EU remains “unshaken”, despite the fact that he voted against the Commission’s policies in the Hungarian referendum.
Global Europe 18-10-2016

Bulgaria returns alleged Gülenists to Turkey

Bulgaria has recently extradited to Turkey at least six people who allegedly are related to the network of preacher Fetullah Gülen, considered by Ankara a terrorist organisation.
Enlargement 17-10-2016

Council of Europe tells Turkey to restore MP’s inviolability

In its first opinion on Turkey after the failed coup d’état on 15 July 2016, the Council of Europe called today (17 October) on restoring the inviolability of members of parliament, which was infringed by an amendment of the constitution introduced last April.
Enlargement 17-10-2016

Montenegro election marred by ‘coup’ accusations

Montenegro said it had arrested 20 Serbs for planning to carry out attacks after voting wrapped up in the Balkan nation's tense parliamentary elections yesterday (16 October).
Enlargement 14-10-2016

NATO and Russia's influence dominate Montenegro vote

NATO membership will be a central issue in Montenegro's general election on Sunday (16 October), with the vote marking the latest episode in a power struggle between Russia and the West in the Balkans.
Enlargement 12-10-2016

Thousands march against government in Macedonia

Several thousand people marched yesterday (11 October) along the streets of Macedonian capital Skopje protesting against the rule of conservative leader Nikola Gruevski's VMRO-DPMNE party ahead of December snap elections.
Enlargement 11-10-2016

Turkish CHP party accuses Erdogan of undermining democracy

A senior representative of the Turkish Republican People’s Party (CHP), harshly criticised the ruling AK party of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan today (11 October) for undermining democracy after the failed coup attempt last July.
Energy 11-10-2016

Pipeline focus at Istanbul World Energy Congress

Major pipeline projects such as Turkish Stream and TANAP were the focus of the 23rd World Energy Congress which opened in Istanbul yesterday (10 October) in the presence of the leaders of Russia, Turkey and Azerbaijan.
Global Europe 10-10-2016

Car bomb attack kills 18 at Turkish military checkpoint

Eighteen people were killed yesterday (9 October) when a van packed with five tonnes of explosives blew up in Turkey's restive southeast, the prime minister said, in an attack blamed on Kurdish militants.
Enlargement 07-10-2016

Low income Serbians set to benefit from free legal aid in 2018

Serbia has been struggling for six years to put in place a law on free legal aid, which is one of the requirements for progress in its EU accession negotiations. The law will be adopted by the end 2016, and implemented in 2018, the justice ministry told EurActiv Serbia.
Enlargement 06-10-2016

Montenegro in election tug-of-war between Russia and the West

Alexander Khrgian quit Moscow for Montenegro in 2008 and immediately felt at home, setting up a law firm that helps the tiny country's outsized Russian diaspora do business, profiting from close ties between the two countries.

Global Europe 05-10-2016

Turkey suspends 12,800 police, shuts TV channel

Turkey yesterday (4 October) suspended 12,800 police officers over alleged links to an Islamic preacher accused of masterminding the failed July coup, and cut broadcasts of a pro-Kurdish television channel under its controversial state of emergency.
Enlargement 03-10-2016

Serbia mulls more border controls in wake of Hungarian defiance

Serbia should be prepared to further tighten border security, President Tomislav Nikolić said today (3 October), in a sign regional leaders have been emboldened by Hungary's defiant line on migration.
Enlargement 30-09-2016

The Serbian referendum in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Cooperation between Republika Srpska and Russia has an adverse effect on Serbia and its EU accession efforts. This fits in with Moscow’s interests, since it wants to slow down NATO’s expansion into more Balkan states, writes Mateusz Seroka.
Enlargement 29-09-2016

Turkey set to extend state of emergency

Turkey's top national security body on Wednesday (28 September) called for an extension of the controversial state of emergency imposed after the July 15 coup that has already seen 32,000 suspects placed under arrest in an unprecedented crackdown.

EU launches programme to issue cash cards to migrants in Turkey

The European Union launched a programme yesterday (27 September) to issue monthly electronic cash grants to benefit a million refugees in Turkey, as part of a deal under which Ankara will curb the numbers trying to enter Europe.
Enlargement 27-09-2016

World Bank: Western Balkans economically resilient despite setbacks

The World Bank published  a report today (27 September) revealing that the economies of the six Western Balkans countries have performed rather well despite Brexit, the slow recovery in the EU and enlargement fatigue.
Enlargement 26-09-2016

Bosnian Serbs vote to keep 'national holiday' in controversial referendum

Bosnian Serbs yesterday (25 September) voted overwhelmingly to keep their national holiday in a referendum held despite ethnically divided Bosnia's highest court ruling it illegal.
Enlargement 26-09-2016

Cyprus meeting yields 'roadmap' to reunification

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon pledged yesterday (25 September) to play a greater role in stepped-up efforts to reach a deal on settling the decades-old conflict in Cyprus before the end of the year.
Enlargement 23-09-2016

Planned Serb referendum reawakens separatism fears in Bosnia

Bosnia's autonomous Serb region is set to defy its highest court with a referendum on a national holiday on Sunday (25 September) that may stoke separatist sentiment lingering since the 1990s war.

Analysts: Expect visa liberalisation for Turkey by early 2017

Turkey analysts said today (22 September) that the lifting of the visa requirement for Turkish citizens will likely not materialise before the year's end, if not in early 2017.
Enlargement 21-09-2016

EU gives equipment to help Serbia control migration

The European Union said on Wednesday (21 September) that it was providing Serbia with training and specialist equipment, including thermal cameras, to help with the flow of migrants at the Balkan country's borders.
Enlargement 21-09-2016

EU accepts Bosnia and Herzegovina’s membership application

The European Union's 28 member states yesterday (20 September) accepted Bosnia and Herzegovina's membership application and ordered the Commission to prepare an assessment of the Balkan country's readiness to join the bloc.