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Enlargement 05-07-2018

Progress for Western Balkan nations – a step forward for federalised Europe

Though the EU has lately been busy dealing with issues such as Brexit and the migration crisis, it has found time to talk of the integration of the Western Balkans. A steady integration of the region is good news indeed as this could lead to a federalised Europe and a complete Union, writes Bernard Kouchner.
Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic has said Serbia needs Europe's help with the influx of asylum seekers
Enlargement 09-01-2017

Bosnian Serbs to hold divisive ‘national holiday’

Serbs in Bosnia are set to hold a deeply divisive holiday on Monday (9 January), a date tied to the fragile nation's brutal 1990s war and a sensitive issue for other ethnic groups.
Enlargement 23-11-2016

How Erdogan’s purge hit the EU and NATO

The European Parliament will this week vote on whether to suspend Turkey’s EU membership bid. Andrew Duff explains how the Turkish military has reacted to Erdoğan’s power grabbing and how NATO fits into the equation.
Enlargement 23-11-2016

Scrapping Turkey accession talks now will only make things worse

Suspending Turkey’s bid for EU membership would only help to erode democratic values further. Laura Batalla Adam urges the EU to continue with the accession process.
Enlargement 07-10-2016

Low income Serbians set to benefit from free legal aid in 2018

Serbia has been struggling for six years to put in place a law on free legal aid, which is one of the requirements for progress in its EU accession negotiations. The law will be adopted by the end 2016, and implemented in 2018, the justice ministry told EURACTIV Serbia.
Languages & Culture 06-09-2016

Turkey punishes Austrian archaeologists for sins of its politicians

The Turkish government has rescinded Austria's excavation licence for the ancient city of Ephesus. The seemingly politically-motivated decision has caused outrage in the archaeological community. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Central Europe 13-07-2016

Romania’s judicial reforms: A case study for future member states

Nine years after joining the EU, Romania is continuing its fight against corruption, as well as tackling the challenge of recovering the proceeds of crime. Experts say that its judicial reform experience could serve as an example to future EU member states. EURACTIV Romania reports.
Enlargement 23-06-2016

Erdogan suggests referendum to ask Turks if they still want to join EU

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has for the first time suggested Turkey could hold a referendum over whether to continue its long-stalled bid to join the European Union.
Enlargement 21-06-2016

‘Good lawyers and bad judges’ in Serbia team up to free iconic defendants

‘Good lawyers and bad judges’ have freed the protagonists of a major cigarette trafficking affair, in a judicial case illustrating the myriad failings of Serbian law enforcement. EURACTIV Serbia reports.
Enlargement 12-04-2016

Tensions grow over Serbian accession talks

Croatia’s refusal to agree to the opening of Chapter 23 in Serbia’s EU accession negotiations has heightened tensions between the two countries, which, over the past six months, have grown significantly cooler. EURACTIV Serbia reports.

Cyprus Ambassador: If Turkey is serious, it should recognise Cyprus

The EU-Turkey rapprochement is positive, but Ankara must realise it can't seek closer cooperation, and at the same time say “I don’t recognise the Republic of Cyprus,” the Ambassador of Cyprus to the EU, Kornelios Korneliou, told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
Global Europe 01-12-2015

Merkel accused of pandering to Erdogan

The European People's Party (EPP) has reiterated its opposition to EU membership for Turkey, despite the agreement that was reached on Sunday (29 November). EURACTIV Germany reports.

Erdogan’s AKP wins crucial election

Turkey's long-dominant Justice and Development Party (AKP) scored a stunning electoral comeback yesterday (1 November), regaining its parliamentary majority in a poll seen as crucial for the future of the troubled country.
Global Europe 20-10-2015

Minor compromises to obtain Turkey’s cooperation are a price worth paying

There has been no general sacrifice of principle to get Turkey on board with the EU's refugee action plan, writes Sir Michael Leigh.
Enlargement 10-06-2015

Berlin pressures Serbia to normalise relations with Kosovo

A leading German MEP has said that the upcoming meeting between Belgrade and Pristina on 23 June might be the key to open EU-Serbia accession negotiations. EURACTIV Serbia reports.
Enlargement 30-04-2015

Steinmeier: No new conditions for Serbia accession

On Tuesday (28 April), German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier reassured Serbia that there would be no new conditions for the candidate country’s progress toward EU membership. EURACTIV Serbia reports.
Richard Howitt MEP (UK, Labour) [European Parliament]
Europe's East 04-12-2014

Macedonia’s feeble flame of aspiration

Are European policy-makers crushing hopes of progress in Macedonia by putting enlargement on the back burner, Richard Howitt wonders. 
Fiona Hyslop, Scottish Cabinet Secretary for External Affairs
Elections 24-07-2014

Scotland’s future as a strong and vibrant EU member state

Scottish citizens head to the polls on 18 September to vote on independence in a referendum. An independent Scotland will play a constructive role in addressing some of the central challenges facing the EU, writes Fiona Hyslop.
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Enlargement 23-06-2014

EU urges Turkey to restore judiciary independence

EU Enlargement Commissioner Štefan Füle has called on Turkey to restore the independence of its judiciary, if Ankara wants to make progress towards EU accession.
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Enlargement 04-03-2014

MEPs call for constitutional reform in Turkey

MEPs expressed on Monday deep concern at recent developments in Turkey concerning allegations of high-level corruption.
22-01-2014

Kosovo’s spectre looms over EU-Serbia talks

Serbia officially started its accession talks with the EU yesterday (21 January), but the path to membership is lined with obstacles as the country faces new procedural rules and its relations with Kosovo remain an outstanding issue.
Enlargement 13-06-2013

Serbian minister: ‘If Croatia can do it, we can do it’

Serbia hopes that the next EU summit on 27-28 June will take a decision to start accession talks in October, Suzana Grubješi?, Deputy Prime Minister for European Integration of Serbia, told EURACTIV Germany in an exclusive interview.
02-04-2013

Time to unblock Macedonia’s accession to NATO

Greece's ongoing objections to Macedonia's membership in NATO demonstrates that unlimited veto power threatens to make the alliance less responsive, restrictively bureaucratic, and subject to the mercy of any internal disagreement, no matter how small, writes Sally A. Painter.
Global Europe 07-02-2013

Turkey: EU political benchmarks ‘were never given to us’

EXCLUSIVE / The European Union has never sent Turkey the required benchmarks to reform its justice system, making the country's EU accession process impossible to complete, according to a high-level official in Ankara who spoke to EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.