Zoran Radosavljevic

Climate change 19-10-2020

The Brief, powered by ECPC – And the band played on

If you still haven’t seen ‘A life on our planet’, Sir David Attenborough’s latest (and quite possibly last, given his advanced age) documentary, please find the time to do so. It will give you pause, regardless of whether you are...
Enlargement 15-07-2020

The Brief – North Macedonia’s latest moment of truth

As we wrote only a few weeks ago, there is a flurry of post-COVID elections across Eastern Europe and now it is the turn of North Macedonia, a country with a chequered history of international relations. The result of today's vote could well determine the next chapter for the Western Balkans EU candidate.
Future EU 10-07-2020

The Brief, powered by BSEF – Gone with the wind

There is something fittingly telling about the way the 25th anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre will play out on 11 July. For those who don't know, it's the biggest single atrocity on European soil since World War Two, where Bosnian Serb troops slaughtered 8,372 Muslim men and boys after overrunning the designated UN safe area in eastern Bosnia.
Elections 29-06-2020

The Brief – Going to the polls after COVID-19

What is it with Eastern Europe and the rush to the polling stations as soon as the lockdown measures were relaxed?
Brexit 31-01-2020

A nation divided: What UK celebrities said about Brexit

The United Kingdom's departure from the European Union has been a highly divisive and emotional issue from the very start, and the rhetoric around it rarely failed to impress. EURACTIV has prepared a list of remarkable Brexit quotes from celebrities in showbiz and sports.
Future EU 30-01-2020

The Brief – Could the EU follow the fate of Yugoslavia?

For all of us who lived through the collapse of Yugoslavia, the moment when the Slovenian delegation walked out on a 1990 Communist Party congress in Belgrade stayed ingrained in our collective consciousness. The emotional scenes witnessed in the European Parliament on Wednesday brought back those memories.
Elections 27-01-2020

Slovenia’s PM resigns, early elections loom

Slovenian Prime Minister Marjan Šarec stepped down on Monday (27 January) and suggested calling early elections, saying his minority five-party government was unable to pass important legislation through a parliament it did not control.
Competition 22-01-2020

LEAK: EU must step up Single Market enforcement, states tell Commission

The European Union must step up the application and enforcement of Single Market law or risk losing ‘credibility and effectiveness’, according to a leaked paper to the EU executive signed by 14 member states.
Future EU 13-12-2019

The Brief, powered by BP – Welcome to uncharted territory

It is not often that we knowingly witness history in the making before our own eyes, but today we've had one of those moments.
Brexit 13-12-2019

EU leaders congratulate Johnson but warn of more hard work ahead

EU leaders put on a brave face on Friday (13 December) and congratulated Boris Johson on his resounding victory in the UK elections, which means he will take the country out of the EU next month after three years of Brexit frustrations.
Future EU 11-12-2019

Croatia foreign minister: We will defend regional, farm funding in new EU budget

EXCLUSIVE / Croatia, which starts its first EU presidency stint in January, is "not quite happy" with Finland's proposal for the EU's seven-year budget and will seek to amend the proposal in order to preserve funding for Cohesion and the Common Agricultural Policy, the country's Foreign Minister Gordan Grlić Radman told EURACTIV.
Enlargement 24-10-2019

The Brief – Balkanic optimism

The rollercoaster that is the Western Balkans is (almost) as unpredictable as the Brexit saga. Last week, the region's prospects appeared in the doldrums and there was little chance of a reversal of fortunes soon. Take a step back though and there is hope to be had.
Politics 30-09-2019

The Brief, powered by ACCA – The Balkans’ moment of truth

The complexity of the Balkans and its European path needs no special introduction, yet it never ceases to surprise. The German Bundestag gave its green light last Friday for North Macedonia and Albania to open EU accession talks, but the story doesn't end there.
Future EU 26-09-2019

The Brief, powered by EDAA – Will there be more victims?

MEPs are ready to go on a Commissioner hunt, as next week’s hearings loom large. But amid the calls for heads to roll and retribution to be dealt, there are reasons for some of von der Leyen’s chosen few not to fear the Parliament boogeymen. 

The Brief – Washing away the guilt

The largely unconventional and disputed 1907 experiment by US physicist Duncan MacDougall postulated that the human soul weighs 21 grams, no more, no less. The valiant doctor measured the body weight of dying humans just before and after their passing and concluded that the soul does have exact physical weight.
EU Elections 2019 28-06-2019

The Brief – The EPP’s Hobson’s choice

The clock is ticking on agreeing on the new European Commission president and the once almighty European People’s Party is having some tough choices to make in the next couple of days. The Mexican standoff between France and Germany, amplified...
EU Elections 2019 21-06-2019

EU summit ends with no deal on top jobs, some progress on climate

EU leaders wrapped up a two-day summit on a low note on Friday (21 June), having failed to agree on the distribution of the EU's top jobs for the next five years.
Enlargement 14-06-2019

North Macedonia president: We need date for EU talks before autumn

Decoupling North Macedonia and Albania’s EU path, by giving the green light to the former and holding the start of accession talks for the latter is not great, but is the only way forward, North Macedonia’s President Stevo Pendarovski told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview during his visit to Brussels on Thursday (13 June).
EU Elections 2019 27-05-2019

#EUelections2019: Winners and Losers

As EU leaders prepare for what is likely to be a protracted period of negotiating a majority in the fragmented new European Parliament,  EURACTIV looks at the winners and losers of the European elections held in the 28 member states.
EU Elections 2019 27-05-2019

Pro-EU parties keep populist rise in check as tough coalition talks begin

The conservative European People's Party once again won the most seats in the European Parliament after EU elections on Sunday (26 May) but will face difficulties building a controlling majority as the Greens, the Liberals and the far-right posted big gains, reflecting growing political polarisation in the 28-country bloc.
EU Elections 2019 29-04-2019

First Spitzenkandidaten debate falls flat

Five candidates vying to become the next European Commission president sparred and bantered in the first European election debate, which fell flat in the absence of Manfred Weber, candidate of the largest political group.
EU Elections 2019 09-04-2019

Progressive camp eyes part of ALDE, Macron – Timmermans

Frans Timmermans, the Social Democrats' candidate to lead the next European Commission, will try to form a progressive majority after the EU elections but will need some of the 'progressive liberals' from the ALDE group and will extend a hand to the party of Emmanuel Macron.
EU Elections 2019 19-03-2019

EU country briefing: Slovenia

Slovenia was the first Balkan country to join the EU, during 2004’s big enlargement round, after this was supported by a double referendum on both EU and NATO membership, which were supported by 89.6% and 66% respectively.
EU Elections 2019 14-03-2019

EU country briefing: Croatia

Croatia is the EU´s youngest member, having only joined in 2013 following a referendum in the country in which 66% voted in favour. Its membership was considered an important step for stabilising the Balkan region that experienced war and conflict between 1991-2001.
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