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  • The EU will want more from Serbia than arrests

    Opinion | Global Europe 29-07-2008

    While the arrest of accused war criminal Radovan Karadzic on 21 July could signal the beginning of Serbia's reconciliation with its role in the Western Balkan wars of the 1990s, Kosovo could still prove a stumbling block for further EU negotiations, argues Tomas Valasek in a 25 July commentary for the Centre for European Reform.

  • ‘Close relations’ more fashionable than enlargement

    News | Med & South 10-07-2008

    The European Parliament held a debate in plenary on 9 July on a report which outlines the bloc's enlargement strategy for the coming years. But the text's different initiatives for closer relations with neighbours seem to be aimed at substituting actual enlargement.

  • 2008 to be ‘EU year’ in Turkey, says foreign minister

    News | Enlargement 06-02-2008

    2008 will be the 'year of the EU' in Turkey, said the country's foreign minister and chief negotiator on EU accession, Ali Babacan, responding to recent criticism over perceived interruptions to the country's progress towards full EU membership. EURACTIV Turkey reports.

  • Interview: Slovenia to focus on Western Balkans at EU helm

    News | Future EU 17-12-2007

    The upcoming Slovenian presidency of the EU has identified ratifying the Treaty of Lisbon and enlargement to the Western Balkans as the main priorities of its tenure, the country's State Secretary for European Affairs Janez Lenar?i? told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.

  • Lenar?i?: Slovenian Presidency to ‘add value’ to existing EU policies

    Interview | Future EU 17-12-2007

    The upcoming Slovenian Presidency of the EU will seek to boosting the effectiveness of current EU policies rather than proposing "endless initiatives", the country’s State Secretary for European Affairs Janez Lenar?i? told EURACTIV, adding that ratifying the Treaty of Lisbon, making progress on enlargement in the Western Balkans and improving the EU's climate and energy policies will be its main policy priorities.

  • Olli Rehn: Turkey membership ‘vital’ for EU

    Interview | Central Europe 23-10-2007

    Future enlargements are "a vital part of the solution" to problems that the EU will face in the decades to come, according to Commissioner Olli Rehn. The "progressive and well-managed" integration of Turkey into the European Union should be part of this strategy, he says in an exclusive interview with EURACTIV.

  • Croatians pessimistic about future – survey

    News | Central Europe 25-07-2007

    Despite the prospect of EU accession in 2009, the vast majority of Croatians are pessimistic about the future of their country, according to a nationwide survey.

  • Turkey: Heading for normalisation or breakdown?

    Opinion | Central Europe 11-07-2007

    The recent political and societal tensions in Turkey are necessary and unavoidable steps on the road to the normalisation of democracy, writes Senem Aydin Düzgit in a 6 July commentary for the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS).

  • Serbia’s European choice

    Opinion | Elections 05-07-2007

    Serbia has to adapt to the EU and not the other way round if it wants to become a member, argues David Gowan in a June 2007 paper for the Centre for European Reform (CER).

  • Serbia’s New Government: Turning From Europe

    Opinion | Central Europe 07-06-2007

    The West should prepare for Serbia to turn increasingly away from Europe and towards Moscow, argues a 31 May report from the International Crisis Group (ICG). The group is convinced that the new government will choose Kosovo over Europe, and that appeasement would weaken rather than strengthen pro-Western forces.

  • Sarkozy eases stance on Turkey

    News | Central Europe 30-05-2007

    Despite his opposition to Turkey's EU entry, French President Nicolas Sarkozy has signalled that he would not block current membership negotiations ahead of the June Summit, saying the "real rendezvous" will be in December.

  • Turkey divided: Politics, faith and democracy

    Opinion | Central Europe 14-05-2007

    The political crisis in Turkey reflects a clash of definition over the very nature of the country, writes Gunes Murat Tezcur in an article for Open Democracy.