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  • Parliament rapporteur: All EU countries should recognise Kosovo

    Global Europe 20-12-2011

    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.

  • Minister: ‘Bosnia’s constitution is discriminatory’

    Enlargement 04-01-2011

    Bosnia and Herzegovina still has many reforms to undertake, but its people need encouragement on their journey to integration with the West, Sven Alkalaj, the country's foreign minister, told EURACTIV Germany in an exclusive interview.

  • Inzko: Bosnia needs Franco-German recipe

    Enlargement 14-12-2010

    The situation in the Western Balkans has never been better and there are signs of progress in Bosnia and Herzegovina, where competition between the entities could be used positively if it is accompanied by political will, Valentin Inzko, EU High Representative and Special Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), told EURACTIV.de in an interview.

  • MEP: Serbs think they’re top dogs in Balkans

    Energy 12-11-2010

    Many Serbs feel they are superior in South Eastern Europe and feel offended that Bulgaria and Romania joined the European Union first, Hungarian centre-right MEP György Schöpflin (European People's Party), shadow rapporteur on Serbia, told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.

  • Kosovo Minister: ‘We feel part of Western Europe’

    Enlargement 13-10-2010

    From a cultural and historical point of view, Kosovo is a country that considers itself as part of Western Europe, Besim Beqaj, Kosovo's minister for European integration, told EURACTIV Czech Republic in an interview.

  • Analyst: ‘Imperfect’ EU remains attractive for Balkans

    Enlargement 07-10-2010

    The Balkan countries are under no illusions about the EU – it is an ''imperfect human creation'' but is still their best option for guaranteeing stability and prosperity following the wars of the 1990s, Ivan Vejvoda, executive director of the Balkan Trust for Democracy, told EURACTIV Slovakia in an interview.

  • Expert: Court ruling on Kosovo gave ‘no answer’ on real issues

    Enlargement 28-07-2010

    In its ruling on the status of Kosovo, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) chose such a narrow and technical focus that it did not respond to the real issues – Kosovo's right to self-determination and the territorial integrity of the Serbian state, Professor Tibor Varady, a member of the Hague Permanent Court of Arbitration, told EURACTIV Germany in an interview.

  • Kosovo analyst: Serbia to enter a ‘very negative cycle’

    Enlargement 27-07-2010

    The recent International Court of Justice's (ICJ) decision on Kosovo appears to have pushed Serbia into a very negative cycle regarding its integration with the EU, and the developments could negatively affect not only Kosovo but the entire region, Agron Bajrami, editor of the 'Koha Ditore' daily, told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.

  • Ambassador: Kosovo will not set a bad precedent

    Global Europe 26-07-2010

    The recent ruling by the International Court of Justice in favour of Kosovo's declaration of independence proved that it had the legitimate right to become a state but will not set a precedent for separatist movements around the world, Shkendije Géci Sherifi, Kosovo's ambassador to Budapest, told EURACTIV Hungary in an interview.

  • Diplomat: Upcoming Kosovo ruling will be spun by both sides

    Enlargement 20-07-2010

    Whatever the International Court of Justice (ICJ) decides in its imminent ruling on Kosovo, both Belgrade and Pristina will immediately try and spin the result in their own favour, Gerard M. Gallucci, former UN Regional Representative in Mitrovica, Kosovo, told EURACTIV Germany in an interview.

  • Besim Beqaj: The greater risk is to keep Kosovo closed

    Enlargement 05-07-2010

    Kosovo should be part of the EU visa liberalisation effort because the greater risk lies in keeping the new country closed, the minister for the EU integration of Kosovo, Besim Beqaj, told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.

  • Diplomat: Montenegro had to ‘regain’ independence for EU future

    Enlargement 10-06-2010

    Although many of its citizens still feel very strong ties to Serbia and the former Yugoslavia, Montenegro had to ''regain'' independence in order to preserve its European future, Vladimir Radulovi?, the ambassador of Montenegro to Germany, told EURACTIV.de in an interview.