About: Balkans

Azerbaijan 04-04-2019

Mogherini: ‘Inshallah, EU and Azerbaijan will soon finalise their agreement’

EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini expressed hope on Thursday (4 April) that the EU and Azerbaijan would conclude a new trade and political agreement very soon, using the Arabic expression Inshallah (God willing).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Energy 19-05-2015

Balkan coal rush risks lasting damage, campaigners warn

Balkan countries and Ukraine are making "substantial investments" in polluting coal power stations to sell cheap electricity to the European Union, as the bloc searches for new suppliers to reduce its dependence on Russian gas.
Passengers board train in newly build Guangzhou South station, China
Transport 18-12-2014

Balkan railway part of Chinese ‘express lane’ to Europe

Serbia said on Wednesday (17 December) it expected Chinese construction of a new rail link between Belgrade and Budapest to begin by mid-2015, part of Beijing's strategy to accelerate the flow of goods into Europe through the Balkans.
Global Europe 16-12-2014

China seeks gateway to EU via cash-strapped Balkans

China is preparing a fresh investment push into central and eastern Europe, promising more than $10 billion in loans for energy and infrastructure projects to be discussed in Belgrade this week.
Energy 24-06-2014

Unveiled: Energy Corruption in the Balkans

From Croatia to Montenegro, shady energy deals plague the region’s economy, according to a report to be published today (24 June) during the European Commission's Sustainable Energy Week.
Global Europe 28-01-2014

Ashton, Balkan officials nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Just after Serbia's EU accession talks began on 21 January, Europe's Socialists and Democrats nominated Catherine Ashton, Serbian Prime Minister Ivaca Da?i? and Prime Minister of Kosovo Hashim Thaçi for the Nobel Peace Prize. The latter two are likely to raise eyebrows, due to their reputations in the Balkan region, EURACTIV Germany reports.
Energy 08-07-2013

Hedegaard urges development banks to divest from fossil fuels

Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard has called for development banks with a combined annual lending pot of €130 billion to end support for fossil fuels in their energy lending policy reviews.
Enlargement 18-02-2013

Kosovo marks independence ahead of renewed talks with Serbia

Kosovo marked five years since it seceded from Serbia on Sunday (17 February), with flag-filled streets, a military parade and growing signs of progress in EU-mediated talks to regulate relations between the Balkan neighbours.
Enlargement 28-01-2011

Croatia won’t join EU before 2013 – MEP

Croatia will probably have to wait until 2013 or 2014 to become the next member of the EU, according to Hannes Swoboda, the European Parliament's rapporteur on the country's accession.
Enlargement 14-12-2010

Ashton, Van Rompuy lead ‘renewed’ EU interest in Balkans

The EU has been suffering from ''Balkan fatigue'' but with the Lisbon Treaty's structures and leaders in place, there is a renewed interest in the region, according to Valentin Inzko, High Representative and EU Special Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). He was speaking to EURACTIV Germany.
Public Affairs 11-11-2010

Media freedom declining in enlargement countries

Political pressure, threats and lawsuits against media and journalists are commonplace in EU candidate countries and other membership hopefuls, the European Commission's enlargement reports revealed on Tuesday (9 November).
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