Serbia and its former province of Kosovo took steps toward overcoming decades of enmity on Tuesday (25 August), signing energy and telecoms agreements, bringing Belgrade closer to joining the European Union.
Firing tear gas and stun grenades, Macedonian police drove back crowds of migrants and refugees trying to enter from Greece today (21 August), sealing the frontier to thousands of Syrians, Afghans and others trying to reach Western Europe.
Foreign Minister Ivica Dačić said that Serbia will not put fences on its border with Macedonia, and that Hungary's new fence along its border with Serbia would redirect refugees to Croatia and Bulgaria, the Belgrade press reported Wednesday (19 August).
Turkey is heading rapidly toward a new election and only the "will of the people" can break a political deadlock after the ruling AK Party failed to form a working government, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Wednesday (19 August).
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu formally ended attempts to form the next government om Tuesday (18 August) after weeks of coalition talks failed, raising the prospect of a fractious interim administration leading the country to a new election.
Russian press reports indicate that Moscow will conduct military exercises together with Serbia, on Russian territory, later this year. The EU said that Serbia is sending a “wrong signal” to the Union it is officially trying to join.
The Serbian press has speculated that one of the conditions that Greece must fulfill to receive financial assistance from the West includes recognizing Kosovo, a former Serbian province which Belgrade refuses to recognise as an independent state.
Horst Seehofer’s confrontational policy against asylum seekers from Balkan states sparked protest in Berlin. But now a growing number of Germany states and municipalities are calling for a tougher approach. EurActiv Germany reports .