Cyprus yesterday (11 February) insisted Turkey had breached "international law" after Ankara's warships blocked an Italian drilling ship on course to explore for gas in the island's politically sensitive waters.
All six countries in the Western Balkans have a European perspective, and Serbia as one of the leaders in the process could help the entire region's progress towards membership, Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn said in Belgrade on Wednesday (7 February).
EU diplomats expect Turkey to press the issue of visa liberalisation during the upcoming summit in Varna on 26 March. It is still unclear if this is a real priority for Ankara or just negotiating tactics as part of a bigger picture.
Overcoming a decade of enlargement fatigue, the European Commission launched its long-awaited Western Balkans strategy on Tuesday (6 February), aiming to inject new momentum into EU integration and speed up the homework the six countries need to do before joining the bloc.
As the EU presents its renewed Western Balkans strategy on Tuesday (6 February), Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković was urged by the European Parliament and the Commission to find a solution to the long-standing border dispute with Slovenia.
The European Commission made it clear on Monday (5 February) that it will not try to influence the UN-led talks to find a solution to the eternal name dispute between Greece and Macedonia, even though Jean-Claude Juncker is due to visit Skopje by the end of the month.
Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades on Sunday (4 February) won re-election for a second term, seeing off a leftist challenger with vows to restart talks to unify the island and cement an economic recovery.
Hundreds of thousands of Greeks rallied outside parliament in Athens on Sunday (4 February) to protest against the use of the term Macedonia in any settlement the government pursues with the ex-Yugoslav Republic to end a decades-old name row.