Zoran Radosavljevic

Enlargement 07-09-2018

Kosovo-Serbia talks break down as tensions mount again

The latest round of EU-sponsored Kosovo-Serbia talks effectively collapsed on Friday (7 September) as Serbia's president refused to sit down with his Kosovo counterpart, citing a ban by Kosovar authorities on his planned visit to the former Serbian province as a reason to reassess all relations with Pristina.
Elections 17-08-2018

Slovenia parliament OKs former actor as prime minister-designate

Slovenia's parliament approved on Friday (17 August) a minority coalition government led by comedian-turned-politician Marjan Šarec, ending a political stalemate after an inconclusive June 3 parliamentary election. However, analysts said the cabinet, supported by five centre-left parties, might have a limited shelf life
Elections 19-07-2018

Slovenia’s PM-frontrunner fails in first round of government-forming talks

The relative winner of Slovenia's parliamentary election, conservative Janez Janša, said on Thursday (18 July) he did not gather enough support to become prime minister and form a new government. But he said he was still hopeful to create a parliamentary majority "in the coming weeks"
Enlargement 19-07-2018

EU Commission gives nod to Kosovo visa liberalisation

The European Commission said on Wednesday (17 July) that Kosovo has met the remaining benchmarks to win visa liberalisation with the EU that other Western Balkan countries already enjoy.
Economy & Jobs 11-07-2018

Commission approves close surveillance of Greece after bailout

The European Commission adopted a set of measures on Wednesday (11 July) to closely monitor Greece's fiscal policy after it concludes an eight-year-long bailout programme on 20 August, closing one of the darkest chapter's in the single currency's short history.
Enlargement 11-07-2018

Architect of Romania’s EU bid says decade of membership was mishandled

Since Romania joined the EU in 2007, successive governments have failed to make the best of bloc membership but there is strong pressure for change in the country, the man who supervised Bucharest’s accession negotiations told EURACTIV.com.
Railways 26-06-2018

EU’s high-speed rail plan is ineffective, unrealistic, say Auditors

The EU’s long-term plan for a high-speed rail network is unlikely to be achieved and there is no solid EU-wide strategic approach, according to a highly critical report by the European Court of Auditors released on Tuesday (26 June).
Enlargement 05-06-2018

Kosovo-Serbia status remains biggest challenge in Balkans – EU envoy

Normalising relations between Kosovo and Serbia is "the most complicated process in the Balkans at the moment", according to the head of the EU's office in Pristina. But both sides need steady encouragement from the international community to reach a final solution and progress towards EU membership.
Global Europe 23-05-2018

Europe’s biggest challenge now comes from the US, Timmermans says

Europe’s most important task for the rest of this year is to stay strong and united in the face of challenges coming from the United States, the European Commision First Vice-President Frans Timmermans told a business forum on Wednesday (23 May), in comments likely to irk Washington.
Global Europe 17-05-2018

EU leaders take joint position on Iran deal, US trade

European Union leaders agreed on Thursday (17 May) a "united approach" to salvage the Iran nuclear agreement and deal with the trade tariffs US President Donald Trump plans to impose on European steel and aluminium.
Politics 14-05-2018

Croatia’s deputy PM resigns over Agrokor debt crisis

Croatia's deputy prime minister resigned on Monday (14 Monday), after pressure from coalition partners and the public about her alleged conflict of interest in the restructuring of the country's biggest private company, the debt-laden food and retail concern Agrokor.
Enlargement 17-04-2018

Commission proposes starting EU talks with Albania, Macedonia

The European Commission proposed on Tuesday (17 April) to open EU membership talks with Albania and Macedonia, in line with its new focus on the integration of the Western Balkans.
Brexit 19-03-2018

EU, UK make major breakthrough in Brexit talks

The European Union and the United Kingdom have agreed a "large part" of what will make up the Brexit agreement, including the transition period, taking a major step towards ensuring the UK's orderly withdrawal from the bloc next year, the two sides' negotiators said on Monday (19 March).
Politics 16-03-2018

The Brief – Europe united

Who says the European Union cannot be united? Or that it can no longer see eye to eye with Washington on anything?
Economy & Jobs 14-03-2018

Portuguese PM: eurozone needs fiscal leg for stability, growth

The eurozone will never reach its full potential and may face a new crisis in the future without a fiscal capacity, Portugal's Prime Minister Antonio Costa told the European Parliament on Wednesday (14 March).
Politics 13-03-2018

Budget committee to look into ‘Selmayrgate’ after fury in Strasbourg

The European Parliament's budgetary control committee will look into last month's "fast-track promotion" of Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker's top aide, after MEPs called the appointment a "perfect stitchup" and a "grave error" that only fuels Euroscepticism.
Enlargement 02-03-2018

Trans-Europe Express -Juncker’s Magical Mystery Tour

Jean-Claude Juncker completed his shuttle diplomacy tour of the Western Balkans this week in the manner of an ageing soccer captain playing the last games of his career.
Economy & Jobs 21-02-2018

Croatia’s Agrokor crisis worsens as crisis manager quits

A prolonged crisis in Croatia's top employer, food and retail concern Agrokor, took another dramatic twist on Wednesday (21 February) as its government-appointed caretaker manager stepped down and the Zagreb Stock Exchange suspended trade in all Agrokor companies.
Global Europe 19-02-2018

Turkey sentences journalists, draws criticism ahead of summit

Turkey's sentencing of five journalists to life for involvement in a failed 2016 coup shows that the country's judiciary cannot make independent decisions, the president of the Association of European Journalists said on Monday and urged the Council of Europe to take action.
Politics 02-02-2018

Trans-Europe Express: The EU’s regional Pandora’s Box

The Catalan crisis, which kept Spain on edge for a few months last year, appears to have been laid to rest. Whether it's once and for all or until next time remains to be seen.
Politics 26-01-2018

Trans-Europe Express – EU is gaining on economy but not on democracy

Europe is back, the world’s business and political elites heard in Davos this week. But, as Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa rightly cautioned, there is no room for complacency.
Economy & Jobs 17-01-2018

Commission advisor: EU needs bigger budget, and needs to start debating it now

EU leaders should start debating the next multi-annual budget as soon as possible because the talks will be more complex than ever and may produce legal disputes that will force the union to revert to an interim budget in 2020, a senior adviser to Commissioner Günther Oettinger told EURACTIV.com.
Enlargement 16-01-2018

The Brief – How to shoot down ambitious Balkan plans

Events in the Western Balkans may indeed seem peripheral to the EU, particularly as it braces for debates on the new budget and eurozone reform, but let’s not forget the old quote by Winston Churchill: “The Balkans produce more history than they can consume.”
Enlargement 16-01-2018

Serb leader from Kosovo shot dead, Serbia cancels EU-sponsored talks

A Kosovo Serb leader was shot dead outside his party offices in Serb-run northern Kosovo on Tuesday (16 January), raising concerns of renewed tensions in the Western Balkans and prompting a Serbian delegation to cancel EU-sponsored talks with Kosovo in Brussels.