Enlargement

27-04-2017

Merkel says EU summit should discuss Turkey

EU-Turkey relations have been severely hit by actions taken by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's government, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said today (27 April).

27-04-2017

The Savamala case: A year without progress

The failure of the Serbian judiciary to make tangible progress in resolving the bulldozing of buildings in Belgrade's Savamala district brought angry citizens out on the street again on 25 April, a year after the event occurred. EURACTIV.rs reports.

Future EU 27-04-2017

MEPs advocate suspending EU-Turkey accession talks

Europe is not closing the door to Turkey, but recent developments are prompting it to look for alternatives to Turkey’s accession to the EU, said MEPs in a debate with Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn yesterday (26 April).

Global Europe 25-04-2017

Turkey’s EU bid in jeopardy after Council of Europe vote

The Council of Europe has voted to reopen its monitoring procedure against Turkey. The decision deals another potentially fatal blow to Ankara's EU membership hopes, as exiting the process was made a precondition of negotiations back in 2004.

25-04-2017

Albania opposition blocks roads in call for PM to quit

Albania's political opposition blocked the country's main roads for more than an hour yesterday (24 April) to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Edi Rama, three months before a general election.

Commission urges ‘different type of relations’ with Turkey

The European Union executive urged EU governments yesterday (24 April) to consider changing its relationship with Turkey after a referendum that handed President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan sweeping powers put Ankara's stalled membership talks deeper into cold storage.

20-04-2017

Serbia unnerved by Albanian talk of union with Kosovo

A statement about a potential union between Albania and Kosovo, by Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama, has angered officials in Belgrade, who have asked Brussels to take a stand on the issue. EURACTIV Serbia reports.

Austria threatens crackdown on illegal dual citizenship holders after Turkey vote

Over 100,000 eligible-to-vote Turks live in Austria. It is estimated 10% of those hold illegal dual citizenship. Austria's interior minister wants to take action against this following Sunday's (16 April) Turkish referendum. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Elections 20-04-2017

Albania fails to elect president

The Albanian parliament failed to elect a new president yesterday (19 April) after Prime Minister Edi Rama's governing Socialists decided not to offer a candidate in the first round of voting.

Europe's East 19-04-2017

Moldova granted observer status in Eurasian Union

Moldova has been granted observer status by the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), in another shift towards Moscow following the election of its new pro-Russian president. EURACTIV Romania reports.

Global Europe 18-04-2017

EU’s Turkish voters backed Erdogan’s reforms

The European Union’s Turkish diaspora voted overwhelmingly in favour of granting Turkey’s president more power in Sunday’s (16 April) constitutional referendum.

Europe's East 14-04-2017

Turkey-EU relations deteriorate from gentleman’s agreement to sanctions rhetoric

The EU and Turkey should focus on working together, as they have both already proven that they are capable of doing so. The Customs Agreement and Visa Liberalisation frameworks are a good starting point, writes Ahmet Ceran.

14-04-2017

Recent EU enlargement led to brain drain in new members

Instead of increasing cross-border cooperation, the enlargement of the European Union has resulted in an exodus of human capital from the eastern member states to the west of the continent, according to a new study. EURACTIV Spain reports.

14-04-2017

Serbs continue to protest election outcome

Ten days of protests against Serbia's election results continued on 13 April, with Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić minimising their importance, and the opposition saying that the political system needs changing. EURACTIV Serbia reports.

Europe's East 11-04-2017

EU-Turkey relations need structural solution

EU-Turkey relations were boosted in the mid-1990s, when economic ties were upgraded and the 1995 Customs Union Agreement came into effect. Its benefits were widespread. It now needs reform to continue doing good, writes Samuel Doveri Vesterbye.

Languages & Culture 11-04-2017

Turkish language still far away from official EU status

In early 2016, Cyprus asked the EU to recognise Turkish as an official language, in an attempt to boost its reunification process. Over one year later, this request has made little headway.

07-04-2017

Bosnia counts EU path as only uniting factor, 25 years after war

A quarter of a century after the start of the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), the country remains divided. EU membership is still popular but that is about all its various communities can agree on. EURACTIV Spain reports.

Elections 06-04-2017

Serbia to appoint new PM by June

Serbian President-elect Aleksandar Vučić, who scored a convincing victory in the first round of the election on 2 April, will take his time appointing his successor as prime minister, a position he's held a firm grip on for three years. EURACTIV.rs reports.

06-04-2017

Germany investigating 20 Turks on suspicion of spying

German authorities are investigating 20 Turkish citizens on suspicion of conducting espionage in Germany, a newspaper reported yesterday (5 April).

05-04-2017

Hundreds rally in Belgrade to protest Vucic election victory

Hundreds of people rallied peacefully for a second night in Belgrade yesterday (4 April) to protest against the overwhelming victory of Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić in a presidential election.

05-04-2017

Albanian opposition threatens to boycott elections

Albania's opposition warned yesterday (4 April) it might boycott June legislative elections if their demands for fair elections and for Prime Minister Edi Rama to resign are not met.

04-04-2017

Brussels trusts Vucic will confirm Serbia’s EU path

Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić has won Serbia's presidential election in the first round, nearly complete official results showed yesterday (3 April). The EU said his election was “a vote of confidence” showing that the people of Serbia fully endorse the EU path.

04-04-2017

Tusk tells Macedonia, paralysed by political crisis, to focus on EU entry

European Council President Donald Tusk said in Macedonia yesterday (3 April) he hoped the country's leaders would avoid fuelling ethnic tensions and focus on advancing towards EU membership instead.

Elections 03-04-2017

Serbian PM confirms domination with presidential win

Conservative Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić won Serbia's presidential election yesterday (2 April) by a huge margin, confirming his domination of the Balkan country as he pursues a delicate balancing act between Europe and Russia.