About: Balkans

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.
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 18-02-2015

Thaçi: ‘Rumours caused the exodus of Kosovars’

Rumours circulated that Germany was issuing work permits, and this created confusion, Kosovo Foreign Minister Hashim Thaçi told EURACTIV Germany, referring to the recent exodus of 30,000 Kosovars to EU countries.
EU Priorities 2020 04-12-2014

Hahn: Enlargement stalemate will not slow accession negotiations

Even without further EU enlargement over the next five years, accession prospects drive long overdue structural reforms and promote democratisation, says EU Commissioner Johannes Hahn, whose personal goal is to help resolve the “conflict of language” between Greece and Macedonia. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Enlargement 09-03-2012

Foreign Minister: Kosovo needs more EU help

Foreign Minister Enver Hoxhaj of Kosovo credits "Euro-Atlantic" support for helping to build the young country. In an interview with EURACTIV.de, he urges the European Union to continue to provide aid and to help resolve lingering disputes with the EU's newest candidate country - Serbia.
Enlargement 13-10-2010

Kosovo Minister: ‘We feel part of Western Europe’

From a cultural and historical point of view, Kosovo is a country that considers itself as part of Western Europe, Besim Beqaj, Kosovo's minister for European integration, told EURACTIV Czech Republic in an interview.
Enlargement 07-10-2010

Analyst: ‘Imperfect’ EU remains attractive for Balkans

The Balkan countries are under no illusions about the EU – it is an ''imperfect human creation'' but is still their best option for guaranteeing stability and prosperity following the wars of the 1990s, Ivan Vejvoda, executive director of the Balkan Trust for Democracy, told EURACTIV Slovakia in an interview.
Enlargement 04-10-2010

Dizdarevi?: Ten years on, Miloševi? scars remain in Balkans

A decade since the fall of Slobodan Miloševi?'s nationalist Serbian regime, there are still ''deep wounds'' across the former Yugoslavia which will not heal for a long time, said former Yugoslav politician Raif Dizdarevi? in an interview with Pavol Demes, director of the German Marshall Fund in Central Europe and former foreign minister of Slovakia.
Enlargement 20-07-2010

Diplomat: Upcoming Kosovo ruling will be spun by both sides

Whatever the International Court of Justice (ICJ) decides in its imminent ruling on Kosovo, both Belgrade and Pristina will immediately try and spin the result in their own favour, Gerard M. Gallucci, former UN Regional Representative in Mitrovica, Kosovo, told EURACTIV Germany in an interview.
Languages & Culture 25-06-2010

Best-selling author: Cultural closeness is key to enlargement

In some ways Turkey is completely European, indeed more European than some Balkan countries, but in other ways it is not at all, best-selling Bulgarian writer Alek Popov told EURACTIV after a year-long exchange with cultural actors in the region. But he said the same phenomenon was true for the Balkans in general.
Enlargement 10-06-2010

Diplomat: Montenegro had to ‘regain’ independence for EU future

Although many of its citizens still feel very strong ties to Serbia and the former Yugoslavia, Montenegro had to ''regain'' independence in order to preserve its European future, Vladimir Radulovi?, the ambassador of Montenegro to Germany, told EURACTIV.de in an interview.
Enlargement 09-06-2010

Expert: Euro helped Montenegro achieve stability

Since its declaration of independence in 2006, Montenegro has made considerable progress towards EU integration and the country's use of the euro has helped it become economically stable and attractive to investors, Zden?k Sychra, a European studies expert at Masaryk University, told EURACTIV Czech Republic in an interview.
Enlargement 19-05-2010

EP rapporteur: Montenegro should start accession talks in 2011

Montenegro has submitted answers to a European Commission questionnaire on its readiness to join the EU and could realistically expect to start accession negotiations next year, Conservative MEP Charles Tannock (UK, ECR) told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
Enlargement 06-05-2010

Albanian FM: Serbia and Kosovo should meet without flags

Flexibility and responsibility for the common EU future of the Western Balkans should come first and Serbia and Kosovo should sit at the same table in a forthcoming regional forum, leaving country names and flags behind, Albanian Foreign Minister Ilir Meta told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
Enlargement 15-03-2010

Diplomat: Serbs and Kosovars must live with their differences

Serbia and Kosovo must learn to live with their differences as East and West Germany did in the past, Hido Biš?evi?, secretary-general of the Regional Cooperation Council for South Eastern Europe, told EURACTIV in an interview.
Enlargement 15-03-2010

Ambassador: ‘Albania’s administration more mature than political class’

Despite having an image problem and being stuck in a political stalemate, Albania has a lot to offer the EU – including model religious tolerance, skilled workers and energy resources – and must continue its steady progress towards the adoption of European standards, Ylljet Aliçka, the Albanian ambassador in Paris, told EURACTIV France in an interview.
Enlargement 10-03-2010

Diplomat: ‘Macedonia is a special case’

Macedonia's two ethnic communities, Macedonians and Albanians, need to agree on the future direction of the country, Agron Buxhaku, Macedonian ambassador to France, told EURACTIV France in an interview. The diplomat admits that if the EU is to maintain an open door to the Balkans, the candidate countries must work harder to democratise their own societies.
Global Europe 03-03-2010

Ambassador: Serbia expects ‘fair treatment’ from EU

Serbia is gradually preparing itself for EU integration, but its quest for membership should not be affected by scepticism among member states or external issues such as the recognition of Kosovo, Ivo Viskovi?, Serbian ambassador to Berlin, told EURACTIV Germany in an interview.