Enlargement

20-07-2020

Nothing gets done by sitting out

For years, Serbia lagged behind. We were a step away from bankruptcy, in April 2012, our unemployment rate was 25.5%, with youth unemployment at 51.5%. Our leaders spent money we did not have and watched our infrastructure decay and our population flee the country. Today, the reality is very different, writes Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabić.
17-07-2020

Serbia and Kosovo resume rocky road towards an accord

Former war foes Serbia and Kosovo restarted talks in Brussels on Thursday (16 July) as the EU urged them to compromise to normalise their strained relationship.
16-07-2020

The dictatorship next door: Why Serbia’s regime threatens Europe’s credibility

Many European governments and institutions continue to tolerate the regime of Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić despite its descent into autocracy, writes Vuk Jeremić.
16-07-2020

North Macedonia’s pro-EU SDSM set to win parliamentary vote

North Macedonia's Social Democrats who pledged to take the Balkan country to the EU are set to win the parliamentary vote on Wednesday (15 July), state election commission parliamentary results showed.
16-07-2020

Serbia and Kosovo to resume rocky road towards an accord

Former war foes Serbia and Kosovo will restart talks in Brussels on Thursday (16 July) to normalise their strained relationship after a long stalemate, though the road to settling their many disputes is paved with stumbling blocks.
Global Europe 16-07-2020

Hagia Sophia: The violation of a symbol

No logical or plausible excuse justifies the conversion of the Hagia Sofia into a mosque, all it does is adds fuel to the fire of nationalism and religious fundamentalism, writes Constantinos Alexandris
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.
15-07-2020

North Macedonia heads to election with pace of EU accession at stake

North Macedonia holds a parliamentary election on Wednesday (15 July) that may decide the pace of the country's bid for European Union membership, with the governing pro-EU Social Democrats and the main opposition nationalists locked in a close race.
Global Europe 14-07-2020

EU gives Turkey one month as pressure for sanctions mounts

EU foreign affairs ministers decided yesterday (13 July) to explore ways of easing tensions with Turkey in the Mediterranean, warning at the same time that Europe will not hesitate to pick the sanctions option if the situation deteriorates.
13-07-2020

Serbia-Kosovo talks ‘back on track’ after video meet

The EU said Sunday (12 June) that long-stalled talks between Serbia and Kosovo were "back on track" after a video meeting between the two leaders.
06-07-2020

France, Germany seek to unfreeze stalled Kosovo-Serbia talks

French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel will host together with the EU a video summit on Friday (10 July) between Serbia and Kosovo aimed at easing tensions between the Balkan rivals.
02-07-2020

An unexpected pole position: The EU in the Kosovo-Serbia dialogue

To almost everybody’s surprise, the EU just regained the pole position in the dialogue between Prishtina and Belgrade. But is the bloc sufficiently prepared for the race, asks Andreas Wittkowsky. Andreas Wittkowsky is the head of Project Peace and Security...
Eastern Europe 25-06-2020

Georgia votes on turning West, not East

Despite the Russian occupation, COVID-19 and the economic recession in the world, Georgia continues to strengthen its democracy – the government is currently preparing for Parliamentary elections scheduled for October 2020, writes Archil Talakvadze.
24-06-2020

Montenegro to open final chapter in talks to join the EU amid domestic tensions

The European Commission has given Montenegro a green light to open the last chapter, competition, of its accession negotiations to join the EU, the Western Balkan country's Prime Minister Duško Marković announced on Tuesday (23 June).
23-06-2020

North Macedonia faces ‘necessary evil’ when voters head to ballot

To choose your leaders or your health? Voters in North Macedonia are facing this conundrum as the country heads towards key elections just as a second wave of the coronavirus is rising.
23-06-2020

EU expects breakthrough in Serbia- Kosovo talks after Vucic electoral win

EU-mediated negotiations aimed at normalising relations between Serbia and Kosovo will restart in July after being stalled for almost two years, EU envoy Miroslav Lajcak said on Monday (22 June).
22-06-2020

Ruling conservatives claim victory in Serbian parliamentary vote

Serbia's ruling conservative party led by President Aleksandar Vučić is set for a landslide win in parliamentary elections held on Sunday (21 June), according to results projected by Ipsos and CeSID pollsters.
22-06-2020

Montenegro calls polls for August despite virus return

Montenegro on Saturday (20 June) scheduled a parliamentary election for August despite a return of the coronavirus two weeks after it had declared the end of the epidemic.
19-06-2020

Serbia ready to sacrifice EU membership over Kosovo deal

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said on Thursday (18 June) he would reject European Union membership if Belgrade does not receive concessions in return for recognising Kosovo and dropping attempts to stop it joining the United Nations.
18-06-2020

Serbia’s ruling party certain to win first post-COVID elections

Serbia will hold parliamentary, provincial and local elections on Sunday (June 21), which the ruling Serbian Progressive Party is expected to win hands down, while the biggest opposition bloc plans to boycott the vote, saying it will not be fair and legitimate.
Elections 17-06-2020

Open letter to Donald Tusk: EPP’s support for Vucic is a disgrace

European People's Party President Donald Tusk has publicly supported Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić ahead of the country's parliamentary election on Sunday (21 June), which the opposition is going to boycott. In response, Serbian opposition leader Dragan Djilas sent an open letter to Tusk. EURACTIV is publishing its shortened version.
12-06-2020

Skopje declares end of COVID emergency, paving the way for election in July

North Macedonian president announced the end of the state of emergency on Friday (12 June), indicating that general elections in the EU candidate country will go ahead in early July despite a spike in new COVID-19 cases.
09-06-2020

Ahead of vote, virus emboldens Serbian president’s one-man show

An excuse to dominate the airwaves, sideline the opposition and cast himself as a saviour: President Aleksandar Vučić has emerged from the coronavirus crisis stronger than ever as he looks to extend his vice-like grip on Serbia's troubled democracy.
07-06-2020

Kosovo removes trade barriers on Serbia to allow talks

Kosovo's newly elected government has removed all trade barriers for goods produced in Serbia, paving the way for a resumption of talks with Belgrade on an agreement that could enable the tiny Balkan country to get United Nations membership.
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