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EU Elections 2019 12-12-2018

As finances improve, Greece scraps pension cuts

Greece's parliament on Tuesday (11 December) voted to scrap plans to cut state pensions, in a motion led by the left-led governing coalition hoping to shore up its flagging support ahead of a general election next year.
Enlargement 10-12-2018

Bulgarian deputy PM raises obstacles for Macedonia’s EU, NATO accession

Bulgarian deputy Prime Minister Krassimir Karakachanov stated on Saturday (8 December) that he would not let Macedonia join the EU and NATO, reacting to recent statements by the Macedonian PM Zoran Zaev about the Macedonian language that have also infuriated Athens.
Enlargement 03-12-2018

Macedonia moves closer towards name change

Macedonia's lawmakers moved closer on Sunday (2 December) to rename the country and remove a key hurdle on the road to breaking a decades-long stalemate with Greece.
EU Elections 2019 26-11-2018

Varoufakis to enter EU politics, in Germany

Former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis, who was outspoken in his criticism of the austerity policies championed by Berlin at the height of the eurozone’s debt crisis, is to stand in European elections next year - in Germany.
Global Europe 14-11-2018

US warns Hungary and neighbours against Turkish Stream

The US has repeatedly taken position against Nord Stream 2, a Russia-sponsored pipeline planned to bring gas to Germany under the Baltic Sea. But this time Washington took position against another such pipeline, bringing Russian gas under the Black Sea.
Enlargement 14-11-2018

Wanted former Macedonian PM seeking asylum in Hungary

Macedonia's former prime minister Nikola Gruevski, who has been sentenced to jail for abuse of power, said on Tuesday (13 November) he was in Hungary where he has requested political asylum.
Electricity 08-11-2018

Row threatens to delay end to energy isolation of Crete, Cyprus

A long-awaited EU project that could put an end to the energy isolation of Cyprus and the Greek island of Crete is under threat due to a dispute between the parties involved. But the European Commission does not want to “point fingers” at anybody.
Politics 02-11-2018

The ‘Orthodox Four’ aim at hosting FIFA world cup in 2030

Bulgaria will take part in a joint bid to host the 2030 FIFA World Cup, Prime Minister Boyko Borissov announced on Friday (2 November), together with Serbia, Greece and Romania, a format dubbed by diplomats and journalists “the Orthodox Four”.
EU Elections 2019 24-10-2018

Papadimoulis: The next EU elections are crucial for the future of European unification

There is a need to form progressive alliances to tackle critical issues such as immigration, social inequalities and inefficient economic policies in the run up to European elections 2019 stressed the Vice-President of the European Parliament and head of the SYRIZA delegation, Dimitris Papadimoulis, in an exclusive interview with EURACTIV Greece.
Global Europe 19-10-2018

Russia: Western pressure on Macedonia crossed all boundaries

The Russian ministry of foreign affairs published on Thursday (18 October) a communiqué blasting what it called “roughest interference” by the US and leading EU states in pushing through the Skopje parliament the Macedonia-Greece name dispute agreement.
Global Europe 02-10-2018

Moscow slams Macedonia’s ‘forced’ name change vote

Moscow on Monday (1 October) said low turnout in the referendum on Macedonia's name change renders it invalid, adding that lack of interest means that the population has boycotted a decision "forced" upon it.

Greek minister optimistic Macedonia name deal will be approved

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias on Thursday (20 September) hailed an agreement with Macedonia on changing its name and opening the way for it to join NATO and the European Union.

Greece vows to improve conditions on island hotspots

Greece's migration minister on Tuesday (18 September) pledged to improve living conditions for migrants in camps on islands in the Aegean Sea, where he said arrivals had doubled this summer.
Digital 17-09-2018

US scolds Russia for meddling in Macedonia name deal referendum

US defence secretary Jim Mattis scolded the Kremlin on Monday (17 September) amid concerns that Russia is funding groups to influence the upcoming crucial vote on Macedonia’s name change, which should open the door to NATO and EU membership.
Enlargement 17-09-2018

Several thousand Macedonians gather to support EU, NATO membership

Several thousand Macedonians gathered in the capital Skopje on Sunday (16 September) to express their support for NATO and European Union membership bids and for a change in the country's name.
Enlargement 12-09-2018

US defense chief to visit Macedonia, concerned about Russian ‘mischief’

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Tuesday (11 September) he would visit Macedonia before the 30 September referendum on changing the country's name, also expressing concern about suspected Russian interference in the vote, which Moscow denies.
EU Elections 2019 11-09-2018

Tsipras urges ‘progressives’ to join forces against neoliberalism and populism

Greek Prime minister Alexis Tsipras told progressive and pro-European parties on Tuesday (11 September) to join forces against “extreme” neoliberalism and far-right populism, whose discourse has become dominant within conservative forces.
Future EU 11-09-2018

Judging Juncker: From first speech to last

Before Jean-Claude Juncker's final State of the Union address to this European Parliament on Wednesday (12 September), EURACTIV takes a look at his first speech from 2015 to see how the Commission president has done over the last three years.

Greece’s Moria migrant camp faces closure over public health fears

Greece's biggest migrant camp faces closure next month unless authorities clean up "uncontrollable amounts of waste", the regional governor said, citing public health risks.
Enlargement 07-09-2018

We are ready to welcome you, NATO chief tells Macedonia

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg called on Macedonians on Thursday (6 September) to vote in a referendum to embrace a deal on its name with neighbouring Greece and join the defence alliance.

Italy to push EU for reform of ‘Operation Sophia’

Rome will today (30 August) ask the European Union to rotate the ports where migrants rescued at sea disembark, Defence Minister Elisabetta Trenta said, with France and Spain expected to top the list.

Activists held in Greece for illegally aiding migrants

Police in Greece said on Tuesday (28 August) they had arrested three members of a Greek NGO on suspicion of helping migrants illegally enter the country.
Europe's East 23-08-2018

EU unlikely to heed British call for more Russia sanctions

The European Union is unlikely to heed London's call for it to match the latest US sanctions against Moscow over an attack on a former Russian spy in Britain earlier this year, diplomats in Brussels said.
Economy & Jobs 20-08-2018

Commitments have to be respected, EU tells Greece

Greece will now be “a normal country” but the reforms and the ambitious fiscal targets agreed with its lenders must be respected,  the Commissioner for economic affairs, Pierre Moscovici, said on Monday, the day the Hellenic nation exited its bailout programme.