Enlargement Archives

  • US, EU warn against political meddling in Bosnia graft cases

    News 22-02-2018

    The United States and the European Union yesterday (21 February) warned Bosnia it needed to better protect the judiciary in corruption cases from political pressure, which had resulted in few high-level graft cases being processed in the Balkan country.

  • US raps Albania’s Rama for ‘careless’ words on Kosovo

    News 22-02-2018

    The United States urged Albania yesterday (21 February) to avoid "careless language" after its prime minister suggested a single president and single security policy for both his country and neighbouring Kosovo in a speech that infuriated Serbia.

  • Lavrov: EU, NATO wrong to force ‘West or Russia’ on the Balkans

    News 19-02-2018

    The European Union is making a regrettable mistake by following NATO's strategy of pushing eastwards and giving the post-communist countries a choice between "West or Russia", Moscow's diplomacy chief Sergei Lavrov told EURACTIV's media partner Beta on Monday (19 February).

  • Albanian PM moots co-presidency with Kosovo

    News 19-02-2018

    Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama said yesterday (18 February) his country and Kosovo could one day have a single president as a "symbol of national unity" between Tirana and Pristina.

  • Two cheers for Balkan Boris

    Opinion 16-02-2018

    UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has come in for plenty of criticism in his 19 months in post. But there is one area of foreign policy where he has been faultless and where indeed Britain can play a leading role in shaping Europe’s future direction of travel, explains Denis MacShane.

  • Expert: Erdogan is turning international relations ‘decades back’

    Interview | Global Europe 16-02-2018

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has opened up his entire reviewing agenda, challenging sovereign rights everywhere and basically testing the West's limits, Tasos Chatzivasileiou told EURACTIV Greece in an interview.

  • Hahn ‘confident’ Macedonia name row settled by July

    News 16-02-2018

    The European Union is "very confident" Macedonia will settle a long-running row with Greece over its name before July, the EU commissioner responsible for enlargement said today (16 February).

  • Borissov gets preview of the perfect storm

    News | Freedom of thought 16-02-2018

    In just one day, Bulgarian PM Boyko Borissov, whose country holds the rotating EU presidency, has embroiled himself in a spat with the country's president, been offered Russian citizenship and seen some of his pet projects crumble before his eyes.

  • EU split over expansion into Western Balkans

    News 16-02-2018

    European Union foreign ministers disagreed on Thursday (15 February) over a proposal by the bloc's executive to push for expansion into the Western Balkans, a region still scarred by ethnic wars fought in the 1990s and dogged by a reputation for lawlessness.

  • EU-funded school flourishes where Albanian bunkers were once made

    News 15-02-2018

    A school built with EU money now stands at the site where thousands of tonnes of concrete were produced to fulfill the fever dreams of Albania's bunker-obsessed Communist dictator, Enver Hoxha. EURACTIV’s partner efe-epa reports from Tirana.

  • Serbia, Croatia differ on past but agree to look to the future

    News 15-02-2018

    This week's talks between Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović and her visiting Serbian counterpart, Aleksandar Vučić, produced few spectacular results. But analysts say that coming face to face was a good start, particularly for the EU hopeful Serbia.

  • Germany reassures Kosovo it is not treated unfairly

    News 15-02-2018

    Serbia will need to accept the independence of Kosovo, its former province, in order to join the European Union, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel reiterated in Pristina late yesterday (14 February).