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  • Sassoli in Skopje: ‘Don’t lose hope’

    Enlargement 05-11-2019

    Visiting European Parliament President David Sassoli urged North Macedonia on Monday (4 October) not to lose hope after the recent failure of the European Council to reach a decision for opening EU accession talks.

  • US envoy knocks EU’s ‘bad message’ to the Balkans

    Enlargement 04-11-2019

    Washington's envoy to the Western Balkans on Monday (4 November) criticised the EU for delaying the start of membership talks with North Macedonia and Albania, saying it sent a "bad message" to a region where all countries hope to join the bloc.

  • Albania offers first comments on Macron’s enlargement damper

    Enlargement 31-10-2019

    A conference in Tirana on Thursday (31 October) provided a rare insight into the state of mind of the country’s government, but also of other regional players, following the EU's recent failure to take a decision on opening accession talks with Albania and North Macedonia.

  • Russia sends S-400 missile defense systems to Serbia for military drill

    Enlargement 25-10-2019

    Russia said on Thursday (24 October) a division of its S-400 missile defense system would take part in a military drill in Serbia, underlining Moscow’s wish to keep a traditional ally on side even as Belgrade pursues links with NATO and the European Union.

  • All eyes on France after inconclusive enlargement summit debate

    Enlargement 18-10-2019

    After a long night of inconclusive discussions, EU heads of state are set to return to the EU enlargement issue today (18 October). All eyes are on France, as Emmanuel Macron's position has so far been the major stumbling block for opening accession talks with North Macedonia and Albania.

  • AS IT HAPPENED: Brexit, Budget, Balkans

    Future EU 17-10-2019

    European leaders gather for a summit in Brussels on 17-18 October to discuss if, how and when the United Kingdom will leave the bloc. With everything up in the air, an extension seems the safest bet. The EU's seven-year budget, enlargement to the Western Balkans and escalation in Syria will also be high on the agenda.

  • France halts EU enlargement

    Enlargement 16-10-2019

    France blocked the opening of accession talks with North Macedonia on Tuesday (15 October), despite the promise made by the EU to Skopje that its historic name deal with Greece, the Prespa agreement, would earn it a ticket to EU membership negotiations.

  • Visegrad countries back opening of accession talks with North Macedonia, Albania

    Enlargement 13-09-2019

    Four eastern European Union members on Thursday (12 September) backed the accession of Western Balkan countries to the bloc, saying North Macedonia and Albania should start talks this year.

  • Kosovo president sets 6 October as date for snap parliamentary vote

    Enlargement 27-08-2019

    Since Kosovo’s government collapsed last week, Western countries expect a new cabinet to relaunch talks between Belgrade and Pristina and make sure these countries lift obstacles for joining the EU in the longer term.

  • Georgia suggests taking an unconventional path to EU accession

    Eastern Europe 11-07-2019

    Georgia staked its claim to becoming an EU member on Thursday (11 July), even if it meant an innovative approach and "knocking on every door", its president told an international conference marking the tenth anniversary of the Eastern Partnership in the Georgian Black Sea city of Batumi.

  • Finland kicks off EU presidency with bid to tackle ‘unfin[n]ished business’

    Future EU 09-07-2019

    "A sustainable Europe - a sustainable future". This is Finland's motto to kickstart its presidency in the European Council for the next six months. The Finnish programme seeks to achieve climate neutrality by 2050 at the latest, expand the digital internal market and strengthen military cooperation. EURACTIV Germany reports. 

  • EU must revamp enlargement as a concept, report says

    Enlargement 01-07-2019

    Since the Thessaloniki summit in 2003, where the EU expressed support for all the Western Balkan countries, only Croatia has become a full member of the bloc. A recent report suggests Brussels should revamp the handling of the whole process, with a directorate that would only deal with EU hopefuls.