About: visa liberalisation

Enlargement 12-02-2019

The EU must grant visa free travel to Kosovo

The EU finally needs to make good on its oft-repeated promise to grant visa free travel to Kosovo, says Behgjet Pachouli.
Enlargement 12-10-2018

Visa liberalisation for Kosovo: The only tangible result for the foreseeable future

Visa liberalisation for Kosovo could prove crucial in maintaining leverage for the region, while alllowing for more time to seek a sustainable solution with Serbia, writes Donika Emini and Zoran Nechev.
Enlargement 05-10-2017

EU enlargement: Tear down mental walls in the Balkans

Last week the European Commission dealt another blow to the Western Balkans by promising an accession strategy for Montenegro and Serbia while neglecting the other four Balkan countries, Hashim Thaçi, the president of Kosovo, writes in an exclusive op-ed for EURACTIV.
Europe's East 14-04-2017

Turkey-EU relations deteriorate from gentleman’s agreement to sanctions rhetoric

The EU and Turkey should focus on working together, as they have both already proven that they are capable of doing so. The Customs Agreement and Visa Liberalisation frameworks are a good starting point, writes Ahmet Ceran.
Enlargement 13-03-2017

Brussels’ Balkan approach: Little carrot, broken stick

Once staunchly pro-EU, Kosovars are losing patience with Brussels, which they accuse of prioritising Serbian accession over their own sovereignty, warns the mayor of Kosovo’s capital, Shpend Ahmeti.

Enlargement 05-01-2017

The EU should be a more active contributor to the Cyprus issue

The Cyprus issue is a longstanding problem that many believe will remain unresolved forever. Nonetheless, in recent weeks, it has been drawing the attention of the media. Takis Hadjigeorgiou and Dimitris Papadimoulis explain what is at stake.

The West must stop hiding from truth about Turkey’s coup

Our 9/11. That is how many Turks see the failed 15 July coup d’état, writes Daniel Kawczynski. But it’s not a sentiment that resonates in the United Kingdom, Washington, Berlin or Brussels.
Europe's East 07-10-2016

Georgia’s achievements must be recognised

Georgia has made big changes to meet its commitments to the EU. We must recognise this and not let them down on the question of visa-free travel, writes Heidi Hautala.
Europe's East 07-09-2016

Time for EU to deliver on visa liberalisation promises

The refugee issue continues to haunt the EU. The bloc should press on with its plans to give Turkey visa liberalisation, as the refugee deal has reinvigorated EU-Turkey relations. This will positively impact on other areas too, writes Çiğdem Nas.
Global Europe 14-06-2016

Erdogan’s apogee

Turks, being both friendly and political, usually ask visitors what they think of Turkey. Seldom nowadays do they like the answer, writes Andrew Duff.
Enlargement 01-06-2016

Why Kosovo and the Balkans found relief in Austria’s election result

As president of the tiny Republic of Kosovo in the Western Balkans, Hashim Thaçi is the first one to admit to being very relieved by the results of the presidential elections in Austria.
Europe's East 06-05-2016

Turkey’s visa liberalisation: An insult to the EU’s eastern neighbours?

While the EU may think that remaining silent on the more challenging issues of the visa liberalisation deal might be a price worth paying for dealing with the refugee crisis, it reflects the bloc’s desperation, writes Igor Merheim-Eyre.
Europe's East 25-03-2015

Lifting the visa barrier for Georgians should be the EU response to Russia’s bullying tactics

A first and immediate step to respond to Russia’s objective to annex the territory of the former Soviet Union is visa liberalisation, writes David Bakradze.
Global Europe 24-07-2012

Turkey’s evolving relationship with Europe

As Europe's political and economic weight declines and Turkey is consolidated as a regional power, cooperation on economic issues will be increasingly supplemented by cooperation in other areas in order to maintain a geopolitical balance in the region and limit the presence of external players, says Stratfor.
Med & South 04-02-2011

EU-Ukraine visa liberalisation: An assessment of Ukraine’s readiness

A visa action plan adopted at the recent EU-Ukraine summit is a success for Kyiv, but the hardest task will be meeting the European Union's expectations on democracy, tackling corruption and the rule of law, writes Marta Jaroszewicz from Polish think-tank the Centre for Eastern Studies (OSW) in a February commentary.
Security 08-10-2010

Visa liberalisation for the Western Balkans: Kosovo the ‘ugly duckling’?

The EU is honouring its visa liberalisation promises to the Balkans but has explicitly excluded Kosovo – the ''ugly duckling'' of the region – and must come up with a tangible perspective for its citizens, writes Gunda Schumann, a former staff member of the EU's EULEX rule of law mission in Kosovo, in a commentary sent to EURACTIV Germany.

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