Enlargement Archives

  • Russia calls for closing UN office in Bosnia

    Global Europe 06-11-2019

    Russia called Tuesday (5 November) for closing the office of the UN High Representative in Bosnia, claiming the senior UN official there is biased.

  • Sassoli in Skopje: ‘Don’t lose hope’

    05-11-2019

    Visiting European Parliament President David Sassoli urged North Macedonia on Monday (4 October) not to lose hope after the recent failure of the European Council to reach a decision for opening EU accession talks.

  • US envoy knocks EU’s ‘bad message’ to the Balkans

    04-11-2019

    Washington's envoy to the Western Balkans on Monday (4 November) criticised the EU for delaying the start of membership talks with North Macedonia and Albania, saying it sent a "bad message" to a region where all countries hope to join the bloc.

  • Albania offers first comments on Macron’s enlargement damper

    31-10-2019

    A conference in Tirana on Thursday (31 October) provided a rare insight into the state of mind of the country’s government, but also of other regional players, following the EU's recent failure to take a decision on opening accession talks with Albania and North Macedonia.

  • EU socialists chief: North Macedonia name change deal should be ‘preserved’

    30-10-2019

    When it fails to deliver its promises, the EU loses its credibility and shows little sense of historical responsibility towards the Balkans, Iratxe García, the chief of Social Democrats in the European Parliament, has said.

  • Russia sends S-400 missile defense systems to Serbia for military drill

    25-10-2019

    Russia said on Thursday (24 October) a division of its S-400 missile defense system would take part in a military drill in Serbia, underlining Moscow’s wish to keep a traditional ally on side even as Belgrade pursues links with NATO and the European Union.

  • The Brief – Balkanic optimism

    24-10-2019

    The rollercoaster that is the Western Balkans is (almost) as unpredictable as the Brexit saga. Last week, the region's prospects appeared in the doldrums and there was little chance of a reversal of fortunes soon. Take a step back though and there is hope to be had.

  • Skopje on fire as MEPs slam EU leaders’ failure to open accession talks

    Future EU 22-10-2019

    Postponing the start of accession talks with North Macedonia and Albania was a "serious mistake" and "grave error", European Council President Donald Tusk and Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker told MEPs on Tuesday, as negative effects already started showing in the Western Balkans.

  • Macron’s veto undermines Balkan stability, Greek MEP says

    21-10-2019

    French President Emmanuel Macron's veto against the accession of North Macedonia to the EU will open the door to external influence in the Western Balkans region, according to Syriza's MEP Stelios Kouloglou.

  • All eyes on France after inconclusive enlargement summit debate

    18-10-2019

    After a long night of inconclusive discussions, EU heads of state are set to return to the EU enlargement issue today (18 October). All eyes are on France, as Emmanuel Macron's position has so far been the major stumbling block for opening accession talks with North Macedonia and Albania.

  • Visegrad 4, North Macedonia in last-ditch effort to change French enlargement veto

    17-10-2019

    In a last-ditch effort on Wednesday evening (16 October) before a decisive EU summit, the Visegrad Four and North Macedonian officials tried to sway the enlargement mood in Brussels.

  • France halts EU enlargement

    16-10-2019

    France blocked the opening of accession talks with North Macedonia on Tuesday (15 October), despite the promise made by the EU to Skopje that its historic name deal with Greece, the Prespa agreement, would earn it a ticket to EU membership negotiations.

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