Enlargement

10-12-2018

EU’s Balkan enlargement policy must now be guided by geopolitics

While the EU has played for time, delaying the EU enlargement process largely because of its own problems, the geopolitical context has changed, writes Vladimir Krulj.
10-12-2018

Bulgarian deputy PM raises obstacles for Macedonia’s EU, NATO accession

Bulgarian deputy Prime Minister Krassimir Karakachanov stated on Saturday (8 December) that he would not let Macedonia join the EU and NATO, reacting to recent statements by the Macedonian PM Zoran Zaev about the Macedonian language that have also infuriated Athens.
05-12-2018

Mitsotakis calls on Greek parties to reject Macedonia name change deal

The leader of the main Greek opposition party, New Democracy (EPP), called on Wednesday (5 December) on Greek political parties to block the name change deal recently reached between Athens and Skopje after almost thirty years of dispute.
04-12-2018

Kosovo says to maintain its tariffs on Serbia despite EU pressure

Kosovo will keep its 100% tariffs on Serbian goods until Belgrade recognizes Pristina, Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj said on Monday (4 December), defying calls by the European Union and United States for the tariffs to be abolished.
03-12-2018

Macedonia moves closer towards name change

Macedonia's lawmakers moved closer on Sunday (2 December) to rename the country and remove a key hurdle on the road to breaking a decades-long stalemate with Greece.
29-11-2018

EPP’s Weber under pressure to break his silence over Macedonia name deal

Manfred Weber, the European People’s Party (EPP) Spitzenkandidat for the EU elections, has been silent over the name change deal reached this year between Athens and Skopje. The deal has been generally endorsed by the EPP but rejected by some of its members, including those from the two countries involved.
28-11-2018

Kosovo Serbs protest Pristina’s tariff

Several thousand Kosovo Serbs protested in northern Kosovo on Tuesday (27 November) against Pristina's massive customs tariff on Serbian goods, a retaliatory measure announced last week that has spiked tensions and curtailed trade between the neighbours.
27-11-2018

Kosovo’s trade war with Serbia prompts Tirana to push for Albanian unification

A joint session of the governments of Kosovo and Albania has raised the spectrum of Greater Albania, a nationalistic project rejected by the EU, the US and the wider international community. Albania on Monday (26 November) lent support to Kosovo’s 100%...
22-11-2018

Kosovo hits Serbia, Bosnia with 100% customs fees after Interpol snub

Kosovo on Wednesday (21 November) raised customs tariffs on Serbian and Bosnian goods from 10 to 100% after Serbia blocked its former province from joining Interpol, the international police organisation.
20-11-2018

Serbia scores victory as Interpol rejects Kosovo membership

Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić said on Tuesday (20 November) that the rejection of Kosovo's Interpol membership application was a success of Serbia - "a small, defiant and proud country". EURACTIV Serbia reports.
20-11-2018

Serb nationalist calls on EU to grant Bosnia candidate status

The new Serb member of Bosnia's tripartite inter-ethnic presidency called on the European Union on Monday (19 November) to grant the Balkan country candidate status and said it was time for foreign judges and peace envoy to leave.
14-11-2018

South-East Europe needs zero-priced capital to boost growth

The region of former Yugoslavia and Albania has long ago been swallowed up by the EU. Yet, it is doomed to permanent marginalisation unless the EU does not open its structural and cohesion funds, or provide other source of zero-priced capital, writes Dušan Reljić.  
14-11-2018

Wanted former Macedonian PM seeking asylum in Hungary

Macedonia's former prime minister Nikola Gruevski, who has been sentenced to jail for abuse of power, said on Tuesday (13 November) he was in Hungary where he has requested political asylum.
12-11-2018

Serbia warns Kosovo against ‘undermining’ regional stability

Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić on Sunday (11 November) accused Kosovo of "undermining regional cooperation and stability" by raising taxes on Serbian goods.
08-11-2018

EU urges Kosovo to revoke import tax on Serbia, Bosnia goods

The European Union called on Kosovo on Wednesday (7 November) to revoke its decision to impose an import tax on goods coming from Serbia and Bosnia, a move that is likely to further sour relations between Pristina and Belgrade.
07-11-2018

Kurz: Belgrade-Pristina talks must continue and find solution

Austria, the current holder of the EU's rotating presidency, will support any agreement reached by Kosovo and Serbia in the process of normalising relations, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz told Belgrade and Pristina during a mini-tour of the region. EURACTIV Serbia reports.
02-11-2018

Athens and Skopje break ‘air embargo’ after 15 years

The first direct flight from Skopje to Athens took place on Thursday (1 November) after a 15-year “air embargo” in a sign that the two countries are determined to turn a new page in Balkan politics, after being locked in a diplomatic dispute over Skopje's official name.
30-10-2018

Filibustering – a regular occurrence in Serbia’s parliament

The work of Serbia's parliament reflects the general trend of the "capture" of state institutions by the ruling party, while filibustering and avoidance of public debates in parliament have become common practice, notes the latest civil society report on the Balkan country's progress on the rule of law. EURACTIV Serbia reports.
26-10-2018

Albania bans sports betting, restricts casinos in bid to tackle organised crime

Albania's parliament on Thursday (25 October) passed a law banning a large sports betting industry and restricting casinos in a bid to clamp down on organised crime.
24-10-2018

Commission asks Turkey to respect international agreements after new spat with Greece

The European Union remains committed to good neighbourly relations and respect of international agreements, an EU spokesperson told EURACTIV.com following tensions between Athens and Ankara on the expansion of territorial waters in the Aegean.
24-10-2018

Multicultural school for Croats and Serbs in Vukovar fails to take off

The construction of a super-modern school in Vukovar, a town that symbolises suffering in Croatia's 1991-95 independence war, was meant to foster inclusiveness and reconciliation in a place that remains divided along Croat-Serb ethnic lines. But the project never took off and Norway is now demanding its funding back. EURACTIV Croatia reports.
19-10-2018

Macedonian parliament approves country’s name change

The Macedonian parliament approved on Friday (19 October) a proposal to change the country's name, bringing a decades-old dispute with Greece one step closer to being resolved.
China 19-10-2018

China in the Balkans: Motivations behind growing influence

Beijing’s influence in the Balkans continues to grow, but we should not compare it with Russia. Chinese influence differs in both motives and tools used for its spreading, writes Matej Šimalčík.
Global Europe 19-10-2018

Russia: Western pressure on Macedonia crossed all boundaries

The Russian ministry of foreign affairs published on Thursday (18 October) a communiqué blasting what it called “roughest interference” by the US and leading EU states in pushing through the Skopje parliament the Macedonia-Greece name dispute agreement.