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Be ready to completely stop the migrant flow, Austria tells Macedonia

Austria told Macedonia today (12 February) to be ready to "completely stop" the flow of migrants across its southern border from Greece and said it would do the same on its own frontiers within months.
Global Europe 12-02-2016

Anastasiades says more time needed for Cyprus solution

President Nicos Anastasiades addressed parliament yesterday (11 February) to try to convince Cypriots that a UN-backed peace deal is possible for the divided island, in a rare move by a Greek Cypriot leader.

Erdogan threatens to send refugees to the EU by plane and bus

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an today (11 February) slammed EU and UN pressure to open Turkey's borders to more refugees, threatening to send the millions already in the country to other states.

Erdogan threatened to flood Europe with refugees

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an threatened to flood Europe with migrants in November if European Union leaders did not offer him a better deal to help manage the refugee crisis, a Greek news website said yesterday (8 February).

EU approves €3 billion migration fund for Turkey

European Union countries approved yesterday (3 February) funds for Turkey to help refugees and migrants in the country in exchange for Ankara ensuring fewer of them venture out towards Europe.

Syria fund to help refugees in Macedonia and Serbia

The Syria trust fund, used to help Syrian refugees and overstretched host communities in Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan and Iraq, will also be used to help the migrants who made it to Macedonia and Serbia, an EU official said on Monday (1 February).

Nobel Prize laureate Orhan Pamuk: The EU forgot its values

Internationally acclaimed Turkish writer Orhan Pamuk has accused the European Union of turning a blind eye to the state of democracy in Turkey because of its cooperation in the migration crisis, local media reported yesterday (31 January).
Global Europe 28-01-2016

NATO bid puts Montenegro government to the test

Montenegrin Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic survived a confidence vote in parliament yesterday (27 January) in the wake of an invitation to join NATO, but had to rely on the votes of an opposition party after his own coalition partner abandoned him.
Euro & Finance 27-01-2016

Romania’s national bank reports increase in lending

The National Bank of Romania has released data that shows lending activity increased in the Eastern European country last year, as far as loans paid in lei were concerned. However, lending in foreign currency decreased by 10%. EurActiv Romania reports.

Mogherini assures Turkey of €3 billion disbursement

EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini today (25 January) expressed confidence Turkey would soon receive a package of €3 billion for mainly Syrian refugees, despite a delay of almost two months since the funds were agreed.
Central Europe 22-01-2016

Balkan countries fear becoming buffer zone for refugees

Fearing that Western countries will close their borders, Macedonia, Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia are only letting refugees whose registration papers say that they will apply for asylum in Austria and Germany pass through.
Global Europe 21-01-2016

Hahn urges Turkey to return to the Kurdish Peace Process

Speaking in the European Parliament yesterday (20 January), Neighbourhood Commissioner Johannes Hahn expressed concern over growing tensions in Turkey between the government and the Kurdish community, and strongly appealed for a return to the peace process.

Macedonia ‘temporarily’ closes its Greek border to migrants

Macedonia has closed its border with Greece to migrants, police in Skopje said yesterday (20 January), blocking the path of hundreds trying to reach northern Europe.

Jean-Michel de Waele: ‘The European project needs to be re-established’

“The European model is dead,” Jean-Michel de Waele told EurActiv in an exclusive interview. Our future model should be based on a core of six or seven countries that are capable of real political union.
Global Europe 19-01-2016

The Balkanisation of Europe

As foreign policy experts list their problems for 2016, the Balkans never gets a mention. That’s strange, as the region is the microcosm of all the differing conflicts in Europe, and even further afield, Denis MacShane writes.
Europe's East 19-01-2016

How the US can get Russia and Turkey to talk

With the Iran nuclear deal now in force, the United States can devote its energies to its next big regional challenge: dealing a crippling blow to Islamic State. The geopolitical strategy to move toward this goal is more circuitous than one might think, contends Stratfor, the global intelligence company.
Elections 19-01-2016

Macedonian opposition to boycott EU-mediated elections

Macedonian lawmakers voted yesterday (18 January) to dissolve parliament next month ahead of an early election in late April, in line with an EU-backed deal to end a political crisis but under threat of a boycott by the main opposition.
Global Europe 18-01-2016

Croatian MEP invites angry Greeks to join ‘Friends of Macedonia’

The creation of an informal “Friends of Macedonia” group in the European Parliament has triggered strong reactions among Greek MEPs, who said that the EU’s door was closed for Skopje.
Elections 18-01-2016

Serbian premier calls for snap elections

Serbia's Prime Minister Aleksandar Vu?i? yesterday (17 January) called for early elections in a bid to cement stability as the Balkan country negotiates its accession into the European Union.
Global Europe 15-01-2016

The EU and Turkey: Tactical moves, or a golden opportunity?

Confronted by so many internal headaches, the European Union has ruled out enlargement until the end of the decade. The recent decision to revive stalled membership negotiations with Turkey is therefore curious, write Mehmet Ö?ütçü and Stephen Jones.
Europe's East 15-01-2016

George Friedman: The EU is increasingly unreliable and unpredictable

The United States has a partnership with Europe, but it can no longer think of NATO as the mechanism by which it is related to Europe, George Friedman told EurActiv in an exclusive interview.

EU-Turkey €3 billion migrant deal blocked by Italy

Italy is blocking a European Union plan to provide Turkey with €3 billion in aid in exchange for a commitment to stem the flow of migrants into Europe, two European officials said yesterday (14 January).
Elections 15-01-2016

Macedonia PM to resign, opening door to elections

Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski said he would submit his resignation today (15 January) under a European Union-brokered deal for an early parliamentary election to defuse months of political crisis.
Global Europe 14-01-2016

Talat: Failure to solve Cyprus issue will push Turkish Cypriots closer to Ankara

EXCLUSIVE / If no solution is found for the Cyprus issue, the Turkish Cypriot side will “inevitably” grow closer to Ankara, Mehmet Ali Talat said in an interview with EurActiv.