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Enlargement 31-05-2018

Europe needs Balkans and Balkans need Europe, says Albania PM

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama calls for clearer enlargement prospects for the Western Balkans, saying it would be a "huge mistake" for the EU not to continue its engagement with the countries in the region. EURACTIV.fr reports.
Enlargement 29-05-2018

Western Balkan enlargement will catalyse a stronger Europe

Addressing the reforms needed to prepare the six Balkan countries for EU accession can be cathartic in effect, and reinvigorate the European Union, writes Andrey Kovatchev.
Enlargement 21-06-2017

Bulgaria and Macedonia start removing hurdles to relations

During new Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev's visit to Sofia on Tuesday (20 June), it was announced that Bulgaria and Macedonia will soon sign a bilateral treaty, removing some obstacles to Skopje’s bid to join NATO and the EU.
Global Europe 09-06-2017

Talking truth to Turkey

Ludwig Schulz looks at how scientific analysis can help counter President Erdoğan’s fake narrative of Turkey’s thriving democracy and why the European Union should reconsider its policy towards EU accession countries.
Future EU 19-09-2016

Austria left disappointed by Bratislava

The 27 member states that attended the Bratislava summit all had different priorities. Austria seems to have left Slovakia without any real movement on any of theirs, as little has changed regarding Turkey’s membership bid and CETA. EURACTIV Germany reports....
Enlargement 04-08-2016

Austrian chancellor wants EU to end accession talks with Turkey

Austria's Chancellor Christian Kern on Wednesday called on the European Union to end membership talks with Turkey in the wake of a massive government crackdown following a failed coup.
31-07-2016

Bosnia clears last obstacles to progress towards EU, wins IMF deal

Bosnia's rival leaders agreed on Sunday  (31 August) on the key conditions set by the European Union for accepting the country's membership application and cleared the way for winning a much needed IMF loan deal, which was delayed three weeks ago.
Elections 25-02-2016

What’s in a name?: Macedonia’s problems go much deeper

Deadlines continue to come and go with wearisome rapidity in the ongoing political crisis between the two majority ethnic political parties of Macedonia, writes Richard Howitt MEP.
Enlargement 07-01-2016

The Western Balkans tinderbox

The EU urgently needs to re-commit to the Western Balkans in 2016, as profound social discontent may trigger new regional crises, writes John O’Brennan.
Enlargement 18-12-2015

Bosnia and Herzegovina to apply for EU membership early

Bosnia and Herzegovina will submit its application for EU membership in the New Year, bringing up its planned submission date from January 2017. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Global Europe 27-11-2015

Turkish Ambassador: EU accession is our strategic choice

Turkey upholds “European values” much better than some EU countries, the Turkish Ambassador to Poland, Yusuf Ziya Özcan, told EURACTIV Poland.
Enlargement 13-01-2015

Commission could spend EU funds better in Serbia, auditors say

EU funds spent on Serbia's reforms were managed efficiently by the European Commission, the European Court of Auditors' special report published today (13 January), concludes. But future projects could be better planned and executed, said the auditors.
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Enlargement 13-11-2014

Turkish EU minister: It is time for the EU to stop being prisoner of the Cyprus question

The Cyprus issue should not take over on EU-Turkish relations. The EU should “look at the forest” where there are “huge benefits”, Turkey’s EU affairs minister Volkan Bozk?r told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
Global Europe 17-01-2014

EU criticised for foot dragging on Kosovo

As tensions rise again in Kosovo after the killing of a Serbian politician in the North, the country's minister in charge of EU affairs, Vlora Çitaku, called on the EU to be more “responsive” towards her newly-formed state.
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Enlargement 03-04-2013

Serbia-Kosovo final talks end with no deal

Serbian and Kosovar leaders left Brussels early on Wednesday without a deal after more than 12 hours of discussions. Aimed at normalising the relations between both sides, Pristine and Belgrade have held 8 rounds of EU-mediated talks but have so far failed to reach an agreement. Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in 2008 with the backing of the West. But Serbia has so far refused to recognise the secession, due to concerns about the large Serbian community living in the north.
Brexit 12-03-2012

Europe question dogs Scottish referendum

European Union membership has taken centre stage in the Scottish independence debate amidst a bitter legal wrangle about Scotland's status if it secedes from the UK following a scheduled referendum in 2014.