About: Balkans

Enlargement 28-09-2018

EU energy watchdog urges Bosnia not to accept Chinese loan

The EU energy watchdog urged a Bosnian regional parliament on Thursday (27 September) not to approve a government guarantee for a China Exim Bank loan that is designed to help power utility EPBiH add a new unit at its Tuzla coal-fired power plant.
Global Europe 27-08-2018

Austrian president warns against ‘small-state mentality’

With the informal meeting of the defense minister and then the foreign minister in the last week of August, the Austrian Presidency enters crunch mode. EURACTIV Germany reports from Vienna.
Global Europe 18-05-2018

Erdogan mobilises diaspora, ‘friends’ in Balkans

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan holds a rally in the Bosnian capital Sarajevo to drum up support among the Turkish diaspora. Three days after the EU-Western Balkans summit in Sofia, Bulgaria, the Balkans confirm their strategic position.
Enlargement 20-04-2018

Beyond coal, nationalism and EU accession: Squaring the circle for Kosovo

Joining the EU means meeting all of its rules and criteria, including energy legislation. But bloc-hopeful Kosovo, just like its other Balkan neighbours, is struggling to make any headway there, writes Philippe Charlez.
Enlargement 03-04-2018

Ending state capture in the Balkans – bridging the gap between EU words and deeds

The EU is still failing to address the issue of state capture in the Balkans and, by choosing stability over democracy in the region, has been undermining its own credibility and values. But now it must take strong actions in view of the 2025 admission perspective, writes Shpend Ahmeti.  
Politics 09-01-2018

The Brief – EU keeps squaring the vicious Balkan circle

Looking at 14 years of the EU's attempts to determine once and for all what to do with the Balkans (since the first EU-Balkan Summit in Thessaloniki in 2003), one cannot help wondering whether wholehearted commitment on both sides might have been lacking all along.
Cybersecurity 03-11-2017

How the Cold War was replaced with fake news

The Cold War has faded into history but it was replaced by a media war which rages above all on the internet. Fake news play a major role now, argues Herbert Vytiska from EURACTIV Germany.
Informal meeting of Western Balkans countries in Albania
Enlargement 12-10-2017

Balkan citizens doubt they will ever join EU

Citizens of the Balkan region are highly sceptical that their countries will be joining the EU anytime soon, despite shows of support for European integration, while a quarter do not believe their country will ever join the EU, the Balkan Barometer 2017 survey has shown.
Central Europe 15-09-2017

Trans-Europe Express: Pre-war Europe blues

The cynicism of was undeniable. Just as the Commission announced it was taking the second step in an infringement procedure against Poland over the reform of its justice system, legal experts associated with the PiS government announced that the country could still demand reparations from Germany for its occupation during World War Two.
Agrifood 07-08-2017

Balkan trade war brews over huge Croatian import fee rise

The Balkans have become embroiled in a trade war over agricultural health checks after Croatia raised import fees on some farm products by around 220%, triggering countermeasures by Serbia and threats from others.
Politics 29-06-2017

Rasmussen: Europe has to invest more to be secure

The world has changed and there is a long list of things that Europe should do to protect itself. First, we have to increase defence spending, Anders Fogh Rasmussen told EURACTIV Czech Republic.
26-05-2017

On 11 June, Kosovo must elect a European future

Kosovo’s up-coming election is a chance for the country to confirm itself as a “bright spot” in the Balkans and choose the path towards European integration, writes Avdullah Hoti.
Future EU 19-05-2017

Croatia at a crossroads

Croatia’s geostrategic position in the Balkans means the rest of Europe should pay attention to this weekend’s elections, writes Tomislav Karamarko.
Central Europe 16-03-2017

Russia targets Slovakia as the weakest link in V4

Russia believes Slovakia is the only Visegrad country that may leave NATO, which is why its propaganda apparatus is targeting it. EURACTIV Slovakia partner Dennik N reports on Moscow’s information war in the region.
Enlargement 09-09-2016

Croatia holds snap election but fears more deadlock

Croatia votes on Sunday (September 11) in an early election that seems likely to prolong political uncertainty in the EU's newest member, at a time of strained ties between Balkan neighbours.
Global Europe 15-06-2016

EU willing to pay ‘almost any cost’ to stop refugees

Amnesty International has accused the EU of indirectly supporting attacks on refugees by Libyan security forces because of the bloc's cooperation with the country's authorities. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Global Europe 14-06-2016

Hungary says this is not a refugee crisis, but mass exodus

The measures to address the migration crisis introduced by individual member states or groups of states have been more effective than the Commission’s action, a Hungarian high official said yesterday (13 June).
Global Europe 26-04-2016

Berlin steps up efforts to expand its ‘safe list’

Critics have denounced Germany's intention to put Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia on a list of safe countries of origin in an attempt to reduce the number of asylum seekers coming from those countries. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Energy 12-04-2016

Julian Popov: The future of gas in Europe is uncertain

Gas demand in Europe will most likely continue to decline. This is the reason why the competition for additional gas import infrastructure is so fierce and politicised - there is simply no need for more, Julian Popov told EURACTIV.com in an exclusive interview.
Enlargement 02-03-2016

Kosovo at the crossroads

Kosovo has made great progress since gaining independence in 2008, but it still has a long way to go to secure a European future and avoid being consumed by its past, writes Hashim Thaçi.
Med & South 20-01-2016

Will the European Parliament defend Kosovo’s democracy?

Kosovo has illegally arrested one third of the parliamentary opposition. On Thursday (21 January) the European Parliament will discuss a draft resolution on Kosovo, which does not even mention the arrests, writes Andrea Lorenzo Capussela. 
Global Europe 19-01-2016

The Balkanisation of Europe

As foreign policy experts list their problems for 2016, the Balkans never gets a mention. That’s strange, as the region is the microcosm of all the differing conflicts in Europe, and even further afield, Denis MacShane writes.
Enlargement 15-12-2015

EU warms to Turkey, Serbia membership bids

The European Union revived Turkey's membership bid on Monday (14 Dcember) and opened accession talks with Serbia, showing how a migration crisis and Russia's presence in the Balkans has prompted the EU to rethink plans to stop expanding.
Europe's East 27-08-2015

Now we can phone Kosovo, but is that enough?

It is time for Serbia to let go of Kosovo and allow the Balkans to move into the 21st century, writes Denis MacShane.