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Enlargement 22-05-2022

Zelenskyy warns only diplomacy can end war, rejects alternative to EU enlargement

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has warned only a diplomatic breakthrough rather than an outright military victory can end Russia's war on his country, while pushing its case for EU membership.
Enlargement 17-05-2022

Sofia’s veto on Skopje is ‘a present for Russia’, Borrell says

The EU foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell put pressure on Sofia on Monday (16 May) to lift its veto over North Macedonia starting EU accession negotiations, by saying that the lack of solution is “a present for Russia”.
Future EU 09-05-2022

Macron teases alternative to EU enlargement

French president Emmanuel Macron on Monday (9 May) pitched a proposal for a new "political European community" that would allow Ukraine and others currently outside of the EU framework to be more closely involved with the EU.
Europe's East 04-05-2022

Charles Michel visits Moldova, promises military support

The European Union is considering additional military support to Moldova, to cope with the spillover from Russia’s aggression in Ukraine, European Council President Charles Michel said on a visit to Chisinau on Wednesday (4 May).
Enlargement 12-04-2022

The Ukraine war and the Balkans: When autocrats pose as stability guarantors

The war in Ukraine has triggered Western Balkan autocrats to position themselves as guarantors of stability and for that reason, regional political initiatives by Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić should be ended, experts concluded at a conference held in Sofia on Monday (11 April).
Europe's East 12-04-2022

‘Ukrainians appreciated the visit of von der Leyen’

The best option for the reconstruction of the country after the war will be the joint effort of Kyiv and the European Union in the process of Ukraine's integration to the EU, writes Roman Rukomeda.
Eastern Europe 04-04-2022

Associate memberships revisited: How to get the EU enlargement policy right

The alternative to a decades-long EU enlargement process would be to revive a concept discussed at the turn of the millennium: Associate memberships as a preliminary stage to full membership writes Andreas Wittkowsky.
Enlargement 30-03-2022

Brave New Europe?!

For a long time now, there has been a dichotomy between methodology and the political aspects of the EU integration, which is put to the test now with the calls for fast-track EU membership of Ukraine and the tortoise pace of accession of the Western Balkans, writes Majlinda Bregu.
Enlargement 18-03-2022

Analyst says if Putin was a candidate in Serbia, he would get over 70% of the vote

Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić knows that “Russia has become completely useless for Serbia”, but he will keep up his pro-Putin rhetoric to please his electorate in the run-up to the elections on 3 April, says Orhan Dragaš, a security expert in Belgrade.
Enlargement 10-03-2022

Responding to Putin’s war by granting candidate status to Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia

The requests from Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia for acceding to the EU were presented as matters of extreme urgency. Although the EU’s normal accession process is long, an immediate and strategic response is needed, an international group of analysts write.
Enlargement 08-03-2022

Is Ukraine’s future in Europe?

The European Union should simultaneously declare that it considers Ukraine a European state eligible for membership and recommit to liberal democratic values as the foundation of European integration, writes Daniel C. Thomas.
Eastern Europe 03-03-2022

Georgia follows Ukraine in applying for fast-track EU membership

Georgia will 'immediately' apply for fast-track EU membership, the country's ruling party said Wednesday (2 March), a day after the European Parliament backed war-torn Ukraine's bid to apply for fast-track EU membership.
Enlargement 09-02-2022

Bulgaria’s veto hurts future of North Macedonia – diaspora leader

EU accession negotiations with North Macedonia should start immediately, and political issues with Bulgaria can be resolved as the chapters are opened, according to Metodija Koloski, president of the United Macedonian Diaspora.
Europe's East 19-01-2022

Macron urges ‘frank’ EU dialogue with Russia, political solution for Ukraine

The European Union must hold a "frank dialogue" with Russia and seek a political solution to the tensions over Ukraine, French President Emmanuel Macron told the European Parliament on Wednesday (19 January).
Eastern Europe 14-12-2021

EaP Summit – Why the Trio initiative should finally find its way

The upcoming EaP summit (15 December)  will be a watershed to either push for a visionary policy or to play “business as usual”, write Teona Lavrelashvili and Ramūnas Stanionis, who share their ideas how to boost the ‘Associated Trio’ format.
Enlargement 10-12-2021

Serbs vote to start quitting Bosnia’s key institutions in secessionist move

Serb lawmakers voted on Friday (10 December) to start work on pulling their autonomous Serb Republic out of Bosnia's armed forces, judiciary and tax system, in a non-binding motion meant to pave the way for secession from Bosnia.
Enlargement 22-11-2021

MEPs denounce ‘slave’ labour conditions in Serbia

A group of MEPs have infuriated the authorities in Belgrade after they called on them to end “modern slavery” in Serbia, the alleged victims being Vietnamese workers employed by a Chinese company in the EU candidate country.
Enlargement 16-11-2021

Commission compromising Rule of Law standards in the interest of Orban-Vucic axis

The last European Commission report on Serbia is a blatant example how the rule of law standards can be compromised under a Commissioner representing Viktor Orbán’s ideology, writes Viola von Cramon-Taubadel.
11-11-2021

Analyst: Aleksandar Vucic is a Jekyll and Hyde character

Serbian leader Aleksandar Vucic has two personas. The pro-Western, Dr Jekyll side remains reserved for Brussels, EU capitals, and Washington, while citizens in the country get Mr Hyde, who is slowly transforming Serbia into a postmodern Weimar Republic, Srdjan Cvijić told EURACTIV in an interview.
Enlargement 10-11-2021

Serbia’s police detain activist throwing eggs at war criminal mural

The Serbian police late on Tuesday (9 November) briefly detained a local opposition activist after she threw eggs at a downtown Belgrade wall painting of Ratko Mladić, a convicted war criminal and the wartime commander of Bosnian Serbs.
Enlargement 05-11-2021

Enlargement 2021: Captured states, captured Commission

With regard to EU enlargement, the citizens of the Western Balkans, but also many EU citizens, expect EU institutions and the member states to abandon hypocrisy, writes Aleksandra Tomanić.
Enlargement 28-10-2021

Critics object to self-congratulatory reading of Serbia’s ‘progress report’

Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabić said that the recent Commission report on her country was “the best report of European Commission in the last few years". However, a more in-depth view actually shows that the report is very critical.
Enlargement 29-09-2021

EU no longer agrees on Balkan membership guarantee, diplomats say

The European Union, fearing a political backlash in member states, can no longer agree to give a guarantee of future membership to the six Balkan countries once promised a place in the club, according to four diplomats and an internal...
Enlargement 09-09-2021

Vucic and Orban formalise their ‘special relationship’

Hungary, whose government has been at odds with Brussels for a long time, has emerged as a major pro-Serbian lobbyist within the EU and this special "illiberal" relationship was formalised on Wednesday (8 September), Serbian journalist Darko Čačić reports for EURACTIV Bulgaria.