About: Western Balkans

Enlargement 26-01-2018

Albania PM: We expect green light to open EU talks this year

Albania has done most of its homework on judiciary, crime and corruption and expects a "straightforward recommendation" to open EU accession talks this year, its prime minister told EURACTIV.com on Friday (26 January).
Enlargement 20-11-2017

Bulgaria’s Simeon: Time to leave a mark after so many years of isolation

In an exclusive interview in his Vrana Palace near Sofia on 17 November 2017, Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha shared his thoughts on the upcoming Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU. A version of this interview on the website BulgarianPresidency.eu contains the original transcript in Bulgarian.
Central Europe 08-11-2017

Swoboda: ‘Borissov? We have had many strange guys leading governments’

The former long-serving leader of the S&D group in the European Parliament Hannes Swoboda provided insight ahead of the visit to Brussels on Wednesday (8 November) of the Bulgarian government in preparation for the upcoming Bulgarian 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.
Enlargement 15-01-2016

George Friedman: The EU is increasingly unreliable and unpredictable

The United States has a partnership with Europe, but it can no longer think of NATO as the mechanism by which it is related to Europe, George Friedman told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.

Czech EU Secretary: Refugee quotas are just a PR exercise

Refugee quotas as proposed by the Commission are just a public relations exercise. Refugees should have an opportunity to choose the country where they want to seek asylum, Tomáš Prouza, State Secretary for European affairs told EURACTIV Czech Republic in an exclusive interview.
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.
Ralf Gjoni, Speaker of the Albanian Parliament
Enlargement 16-06-2014

Albanian official: ‘We are much more pro-European than several EU members’

Greece and Italy play a catalytic role for the European perspective of the Albanian people, who are much more pro-European than in many EU member countries, says Ralf Gjoni.
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.