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Enlargement 20-05-2019

Montenegro PM: ‘We are looking for a new opportunity with the EU’

EU membership candidate Montenegro is carrying "a heavy legacy, plagued with low standards and weak institutions", but it has already made progress and its EU orientation is "clear and strong", its prime minister told EURACTIV Germany in an interview.
Enlargement 13-05-2019

Albanian protesters hurl petrol bombs, seek snap polls

Albanian opposition protesters hurled petrol bombs at the entrance of Prime Minister Edi Rama’s office on Saturday (11 May), after three months of demonstrations calling for him to quit over alleged election fraud and corruption.
Enlargement 08-05-2019

In North Macedonia, Pope urges Balkans to embrace diversity

Pope Francis urged the Balkans to embrace its patchwork of faiths and ethnicities during his visit to North Macedonia on Tuesday (7 May), where he delivered prayers and speeches that kept returning to the legacy of an illustrious Skopje native: Mother Teresa.
Enlargement 06-05-2019

North Macedonia’s pro-Western candidate wins presidential vote

North Macedonia's pro-Western candidate, Stevo Pendarovski, won a run-off presidential vote after a campaign dominated by divisions over a change to the country's name that was agreed to mollify Greece and open the way for EU and NATO membership.
Enlargement 03-05-2019

Presidential poll threatens crisis for pro-West North Macedonia government

North Macedonia goes to the polls on Sunday (5 May) in a presidential run-off vote that will be a litmus test for the pro-Western government, which has warned low turnout could invalidate the vote and trigger a general election.
Enlargement 29-04-2019

Juncker looks back on 15 years of ‘big bang’ EU enlargement

Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker offered interesting comments on present-day leaders of member states from Central Europe, on the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the 1 May 2004 accession of 10 countries, known as “the big bang”. 
Enlargement 29-04-2019

Macron and Merkel try to resurrect Serbia-Kosovo talks at Berlin summit

European leaders will try to bring bitter foes Serbia and Kosovo back to the negotiating table at a regional summit in Berlin on Monday (29 April), hoping to reboot a dialogue over one of the Balkans' thorniest disputes.

Mogherini’s tarnished legacy

Paradoxically it was the EU’s closest partner, the United States, that has done most to damage Federica Mogherini's legacy as High Representative with a full-scale assault on the EU’s commitment to multilateralism, writes Fraser Cameron.
EU Elections 2019 03-04-2019

Victor Ponta: The ruling PSD in Romania is becoming like Fidesz

In a wide-ranging interview, the former Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta, who has founded a new centre-left force, Pro-Romania, doesn’t mince his words criticising his former party, the ruling PSD. The Party of European Socialists (PES) should, if necessary, show PSD the red card, he says.
Enlargement 02-04-2019

Tsipras pays historic visit to North Macedonia

Greece's prime minister will on Tuesday (2 April) pay a historic visit to newly renamed North Macedonia to join in marking the end of a decades-long identity row between the two countries.
Brexit 18-03-2019

Association chief: Portuguese textile industry likes to think Brexit will not happen

Portugal has strong links with Britain and Brexit is perceived as a challenge in the country, as it has affected trade since the time of the referendum in 2016. But many companies seem to believe that Brexit will not happen, Paulo Vaz told EURACTIV in an interview.
Enlargement 04-02-2019

Ditching unanimity is key to make enlargement work

The EU must change its procedure and allow qualified majority voting in all intermediary stages of the EU accession process, writes Srdjan Cvijic.
Enlargement 31-01-2019

Macedonia pledges more reforms to secure EU accession talks

Macedonia's prime minister said Wednesday (30 January) that in addition to changing his country's name, his government was ready to enact further reforms to speed up the start of EU accession talks.
Enlargement 25-01-2019

Greek police fire teargas at Macedonia name protesters, MPs queue to speak before vote

Greek police fired teargas to disperse crowds gathered outside parliament on Thursday (24 January) to protest against a deal over the name of neighbouring Macedonia, as an at times angry parliamentary debate spilled into a third day.
Enlargement 23-01-2019

Romanian EU Presidency to push Western Balkans case, minister says

Romania's EU presidency will push to improve the prospect of membership talks for Western Balkan nations of Macedonia (FYROM) and Albania, but only after the European elections in May, the country's European affairs minister told EURACTIV in an interview.
Enlargement 17-01-2019

Tsipras wins confidence vote, eyes Prespa agreement ratification

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Wednesday (16 January) survived a confidence vote after a row over a landmark name deal with Macedonia sunk his four-year coalition.
Enlargement 16-01-2019

RSF slams jail sentence for Montenegro reporter on drug charges

An award-winning investigative reporter was sentenced to 1.5 years in prison in Montenegro on drug trafficking charges on Tuesday (15 January), in a ruling slammed by media watchdog RSF as a "disturbing set-back" for press freedom. 
Enlargement 09-01-2019

Pressure builds in Macedonia ahead of name change votes in Parliament

Macedonian lawmakers gather from Wednesday (9 January) to vote on changing their country's name to settle a decades-long dispute with Greece and open the way to NATO and EU membership.
Enlargement 10-12-2018

EU’s Balkan enlargement policy must now be guided by geopolitics

While the EU has played for time, delaying the EU enlargement process largely because of its own problems, the geopolitical context has changed, writes Vladimir Krulj.
Enlargement 04-12-2018

Kosovo says to maintain its tariffs on Serbia despite EU pressure

Kosovo will keep its 100% tariffs on Serbian goods until Belgrade recognizes Pristina, Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj said on Monday (4 December), defying calls by the European Union and United States for the tariffs to be abolished.
Enlargement 14-11-2018

South-East Europe needs zero-priced capital to boost growth

The region of former Yugoslavia and Albania has long ago been swallowed up by the EU. Yet, it is doomed to permanent marginalisation unless the EU does not open its structural and cohesion funds, or provide other source of zero-priced capital, writes Dušan Reljić.  
Enlargement 08-11-2018

EU urges Kosovo to revoke import tax on Serbia, Bosnia goods

The European Union called on Kosovo on Wednesday (7 November) to revoke its decision to impose an import tax on goods coming from Serbia and Bosnia, a move that is likely to further sour relations between Pristina and Belgrade.
Enlargement 26-10-2018

Albania bans sports betting, restricts casinos in bid to tackle organised crime

Albania's parliament on Thursday (25 October) passed a law banning a large sports betting industry and restricting casinos in a bid to clamp down on organised crime.
Central Asia 10-10-2018

Kazakh researcher: EU is like a dog with an Elizabethan collar

Kazakhstan has succeeded where the EU has failed - creating a society based on multiculturalism, Saginaty Berdaulova told EURACTIV in an interview.

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