Enlargement

15-12-2017

Serbia judges want more transparency, independence, higher pay

There is a widespread lack of trust among judges and prosecutors in Serbia in the process of electing judiciary officials and climbing the career ladder, with eight out of ten believing that those processes are steered by connections and nepotism as much as by objective criteria.

12-12-2017

EU advances membership talks for Montenegro, Serbia

The EU on Monday (11 December) opened new chapters in its membership talks with Montenegro and Serbia, countries which European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker says he expects to join the bloc by 2025.

08-12-2017

Kosovo adds dissonance to Balkan cacophony

The visit to Belgrade by the three members of Bosnia-Herzegovina's presidency was expected to warm up relations between the two countries, which had soured after the Bosniak presidency member said his country should recognise Kosovo, Serbia's former province.

Freedom of thought 07-12-2017

Erdogan heads to uneasy ally Greece for historic visit

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan begins the first visit by a Turkish head of state to Greece in 65 years Thursday (7 December), with concerns over relations as Athens said it was "worried" by his comments perceived as reviving territorial friction. Ties between Turkey and Greece have warmed over the past 20 years, after decades of tension …

Digital 05-12-2017

Gabriel to present plan in May to slash mobile roaming fees with Western Balkans

Mariya Gabriel, the European Commissioner in charge of digital policies, will announce a plan to get rid of mobile fees between the EU and Western Balkan countries at a May 2018 summit in Bulgaria.

05-12-2017

EU must ‘marry’ Western Balkans quickly to avoid new risks – Albania PM

The Western Balkans countries are in a much better shape than they were in the 1990s but the European Union should open accession talks with them as soon possible or risk seeing them wooed by Russia, China or radical Islam, the prime minister of Albania told an event in Brussels on Tuesday (5 December).

Bosnian Croat war crimes suspect dies after taking poison at UN court

A Bosnian Croat war crimes suspect died on Wednesday (29 November) after apparently taking poison in the courtroom of the UN war crimes tribunal in The Hague, which confirmed his sentence for atrocities during the 1992-95 war in Bosnia.

29-11-2017

Macedonian police detain ex-minister over April riots

Macedonian authorities detained a former interior minister and a number of lawmakers and political activists on Tuesday (28 November) on charges related to violence in parliament in April which pushed the Balkan country into a political crisis.

Global Europe 28-11-2017

Turkish opposition leader dangles documents of Erdoğan family off-shore accounts

Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, the leader of Turkey’s main opposition party CHP (the Republican People’s Party, of social-democratic ideology), accused on Tuesday (28 November) the relatives of the country’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of having off-shore accounts.

Economy & Jobs 28-11-2017

At Budapest summit, China strengthens its grip on Central Europe and Balkans

A 16+1 summit of the Central and Eastern European Countries and China took place yesterday (27 November) in Budapest, hosted by the Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orbán. His Bulgarian colleague Boyko Borissov announced that next years’ summit will take place in Sofia.

24-11-2017

The ICTY wraps up work, reconciliation nowhere in sight 

Judging by the mixed reactions to the life sentence the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) has handed Ratko Mladić, the former Bosnian Serb Army commander, reconciliation in the region after the wars of the 1990s is still far away.

22-11-2017

Ex-Bosnian Serb commander Mladic convicted to life in prison for genocide

A U.N. tribunal convicted on Wednesday (22 November) former Bosnian Serb military commander Ratko Mladic of genocide and crimes against humanity committed in Bosnia, including Europe's biggest massacre since World War II, and sentenced him to life in prison.

17-11-2017

Serbs think German investors are the best employers

A third of Serbians think that German companies are the best investors and that a job at a German firm guarantees a good salary and working conditions, job safety and career advancement. EURACTIV Serbia reports.

10-11-2017

Serbia running out of steam in reform process, warn foreign investors

Foreign investors insist Serbia must continue along its EU accession pathway and modernise its state administration and legislation, particularly in the realm of tax policy. A recent evaluation of reforms suggested Belgrade is lagging behind. EURACTIV Serbia reports.

Freedom of thought 08-11-2017

Commission met religious leaders on 100th anniversary of Bolshevik revolution

The European Commission’s regular meeting with religious leaders on Tuesday (7 November) coincided with the 100th anniversary of the October Bolshevik revolution, probably the single event that left the greatest mark on the 20th Century, and one of whose major crimes was the crackdown on religion.

06-11-2017

Most EU hopefuls might not be ready to join before 2050, study finds

A new study looking into the practical, legal and technical aspects of further EU expansion has concluded that only one country, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, could meet the criteria for joining the bloc before 2023.

Economy & Jobs 26-10-2017

Serbia’s EU bid leader insists Belgrade is not ‘sitting on two chairs’

A comment by a senior United States official that countries aiming for EU membership should not 'play both sides' - a clear reference to Belgrade's relations with Moscow - has rekindled the debate in Serbia about whether the policy of having a foot in both camps is sustainable in the long term. EURACTIV Serbia reports.

Economy & Jobs 24-10-2017

EU Parliament wants up to €80 million cuts to Turkey’s 2018 pre-accession funds

The European Parliament will vote this week to cut pre-accession funds for Turkey by €50 million in 2018 and put an additional €30 million in reserve, Parliament rapporteur on the EU budget Siegfried Mureşan told EURACTIV.com in an interview.

20-10-2017

Serbia is moving forward, PM says after 100 days in office

Serbian citizens eagerly awaited Prime Minister Ana Brnabić to present her cabinet's first 100 days in office, not because they wanted to be reminded of what the government had done but to find out how much their pensions and salaries would be raised. EURACTIV Serbia reports.

Global Europe 19-10-2017

Borissov gives preview of Turkey debate before EU summit dinner

The future of EU-Turkey relations was an agenda item at Thursday's (19 October) EU summit dinner, which was still ongoing at the time this article was published.

Future EU 18-10-2017

Tusk proposes two-year EU reform blitz, new working methods at summits

EU President Donald Tusk on Tuesday (17 October) proposed an ambitious timeline of 13 summits over the next two years to reboot the European Union after the shock of Brexit and other setbacks.

16-10-2017

Ahead of summit, Turkey appeals for keeping the EU accession process alive

Turkey is determined to press on with its efforts to join the European Union despite tensions with the bloc, the government said yesterday (15 October) ahead of an EU summit which will discuss the frayed relations between Brussels and Ankara.

Central Europe 16-10-2017

Bulgarian MEPs discuss EU’s future, dissect Juncker, Macron speeches

The European Movement and the Union of European Federalists held a discussion on Friday (13 October) in Sofia on the EU’s future with three prominent Bulgarian MEPs from three different political forces.

16-10-2017

Local election boosts Macedonia’s pro-Western Social Democrats

Macedonia's ruling Social Democrats claimed victory in municipal elections on Sunday (15 October), signalling large-scale support for the new government that has pledged to speed up the small Balkan country's accession to NATO and the European Union.