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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 07-09-2018

Kosovo and Serbia need wide consensus to resolve conflict, expert says

The presidents of Kosovo and Serbia have floated the idea of a land swap to settle their disputes. The proposal, involving the predominantly Serb northern Kosovo and Preševo Valley in southern Serbia, has been welcomed by some and criticised by others for fear it might create further instability in the Balkans.
Global Europe 23-11-2017

Chizhov: Syria is almost settled, time for EU to step in

In a wide-ranging interview on Wednesday (22 November), Russia’s ambassador to the EU discussed Syria and other conflicts, the upcoming Eastern Partnership Summit, his country's relations with Turkey and Bulgaria's Presidency of the Council of the EU.
Global Europe 03-04-2017

Albanian foreign minister: New Balkan alliances oppose tribunals

In a wide-ranging interview, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Albania Ditmir Bushati explained the political situation in his country, the so-called ‘Tirana platform’ that has raised eyebrows in Macedonia, Balkan geopolitics and the need for the EU to do more for the six candidate countries.
Enlargement 20-01-2017

Croatian PM: EU-hopeful countries need motivation to continue with reform

The European Union must find the right narrative to address the frustrations of the Balkan countries, which are losing hope of joining the bloc as EU appetite for enlargement fades, said Croatia Prime Minister Andrej Plenković in an interview with EURACTIV.com in Davos.
Energy 12-04-2016

Julian Popov: The future of gas in Europe is uncertain

Gas demand in Europe will most likely continue to decline. This is the reason why the competition for additional gas import infrastructure is so fierce and politicised - there is simply no need for more, Julian Popov told EURACTIV.com in an exclusive interview.
Global Europe 17-12-2015

Kosovar minister: ‘When the EU has a political will, it can deliver’

Kosovo is appealing to Brussels to grant its citizens visa-free travel to the EU. But at a time of crises in migration, terrorism and people-smuggling, some are sceptical. A decision on the waiver is expected in the coming days.
Enlargement 13-11-2015

Kosovo: UNESCO rejection due to Serbia’s ‘appalling behaviour’

Kosovo has just missed out on admission to UNESCO. In an interview by EURACTIV Germany, Deputy Prime Minister Hashim Thaçi was asked how he evaluated Belgrade's role in the decision.
Development Policy 02-09-2015

Hahn: Migration crisis demands pan-European response

EXCLUSIVE / Johannes Hahn, the EU's Enlargement Commissioner, has urged member states to engage fully in refugee policy. After all the tragedies, there is no longer time for hesitation, insisted the Austrian in an interview with EURACTIV Germany.
Enlargement 22-05-2015

Fleckenstein: Western Balkan countries need more support

Western Balkans countries need to fully implement EU-related reforms, Knut Fleckenstein told EURACTIV. However, the tough economic situation has made it difficult for them to do so.
Enlargement 22-01-2015

Serbian minister: For EU integration, we need the understanding of our citizens

EU integration means deep reform. This is why Serbia needs the understanding of its citizens, as well as of its partners in the Union, Jadranka Joksimovi? told EURACTIV Serbia in an exclusive interview.
Europe's East 19-11-2014

Ukrainian Archbishop: Russia is building a new Berlin wall

Now that we've marked the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall, we realise that the problem was not solved at that time. The Kremlin is trying to build another Berlin wall, which according to their design will extend across Ukraine, Archbishop Yevstraty told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
Yves Bertoncini, photo Notre Europe
Enlargement 09-05-2014

Analyst: perceptions about enlargement differ in ‘older EU’

The perception of enlargement varies widely in the older members. Germany and Spain are globally satisfied, but there are specific difficulties in countries like France or the UK, where people insist more on the negative consequences of the recent enlargement, Yves Bertoncini told EURACTIV Serbia in a recent interview.
Corina Stratulat
Enlargement 09-05-2014

Serbia’s EU path is not a ‘walk in the park’

Serbia has to carry out accession negotiations in parallel with the normalisation of relations with its former province, Kosovo. This is not an easy thing, Corina Stratulat of the European Policy Centre (EPC), told EURACTIV Serbia in an exclusive interview.
Enlargement 13-06-2013

Serbian minister: ‘If Croatia can do it, we can do it’

Serbia hopes that the next EU summit on 27-28 June will take a decision to start accession talks in October, Suzana Grubješi?, Deputy Prime Minister for European Integration of Serbia, told EURACTIV Germany in an exclusive interview.
Enlargement 26-04-2013

Kosovo Minister: Serbian structures in Northern Kosovo should be dismantled

The recent agreement between Kosovo and Serbia requires that all parallel structures such as police or courts in the Serbia-populated Northern Kosovo should be dismantled, Kosovo Foreign Minister Enver Hoxhaj told  EurActic Slovakia in an exclusive interview.
Energy 05-04-2013

NIS CEO: Gazprom is our main shareholder, but we support Serbia’s EU bid

  Gazprom Neft holds a 56% stake in NIS, the largest energy company in Serbia, but the company vows to do business “outside politics” and support the country’s EU integration, Kirill Kravchenko, CEO of NIS, told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.  
Enlargement 13-08-2012

Füle: Enlargement brings ‘positive news’ in times of crisis

Even in times of crisis, nine European countries strive to join the EU. It would be an “enormous mistake” if the Union would lose interest in expansion, Štefan Füle told EURACTIV Czech Republic in an exclusive interview.
Enlargement 09-03-2012

Foreign Minister: Kosovo needs more EU help

Foreign Minister Enver Hoxhaj of Kosovo credits "Euro-Atlantic" support for helping to build the young country. In an interview with EURACTIV.de, he urges the European Union to continue to provide aid and to help resolve lingering disputes with the EU's newest candidate country - Serbia.
Global Europe 20-12-2011

Parliament rapporteur: All EU countries should recognise Kosovo

Austrian MEP Ulrike Lunacek (Greens/EFA group), the European Parliament's rapporteur on Kosovo, urges the five EU countries that have not recognised Kosovo's independence – Greece, Cyprus, Romania, Slovakia and Spain – to do so. She spoke to EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
Enlargement 13-12-2011

MP: Serbia will pursue efforts despite EU accession setback

The postponing of Serbia's EU candidate status will not deter the country from pursuing further reforms, closer ties with the Union, and a resolution of the Kosovo issue, says Konstantin Samofalov, a Serbian member of Parliament from the leading Democratic Party.
Enlargement 10-11-2011

Anti-Corruption boss: Whistleblowers ‘do not fare well’ in Serbia

Serbia's new Anti-Corruption Agency faces high expectations to reduce both graft among high-level officials and the need for citizens to 'grease the wheels' of the bureaucracy to receive permits and basic public services. In an exclusive interview with EURACTIV Serbia, the organisation's director, Zorana Markovi?, presents her plan to make institutions 'corruption-resistant' and warns that the country's existing legislation is insufficient to protect whistleblowers. 
Enlargement 30-08-2011

Serbia Deputy PM: EU talks should not be used to blackmail Belgrade

Serbia's hopes of obtaining EU candidate status should not be used to blackmail Belgrade into accepting unacceptable solutions regarding the breakaway province of Kosovo, Bozidar Djelic, the country's deputy prime minister for European integration, told EURACTIV Serbia in an exclusive interview.
Global Europe 12-08-2011

Serbian ambassador: US is sole power-broker in Kosovo

Serbia and other key international players believe that the US plays a decisive role in the territory, including during the recent checkpoint tension between Belgrade and Pristina, according to Ivo Viskovi?, the Serbian ambassador to Berlin, who spoke exclusively to EURACTIV Germany in a wide-ranging interview.
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