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21 Apr 15

EU Praises Albania’s Integration Progress

Brussels’ foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini praised the Albanian government’s commitment to its EU integration process despite recent controversial comments by the country’s premier.

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21 Apr 15

EU Ministers Voice 'Grave Concern' Over Macedonia Crisis

The Council of the European Union has voiced 'grave concern' about the situation in Macedonia, urging a thorough investigation into opposition allegations of illegal surveillance.

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15 Apr 15

Bosnia’s New EU Chief Pushes Reform Agenda

At his first Sarajevo press conference, the new EU chief in Bosnia, Lars-Gunnar Wigemark, announced a high-level meeting to push forward Brussels’ economic and social reform initiative.

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15 Apr 15

EU Demands Faster Reform in Montenegro

Senior officials in Brussels said that Montenegro still needs to implement major reforms which are necessary for EU accession, and particularly to improve the rule of law.

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03 Apr 15

Bosnian Federation Vows to Honour EU Reform Package

New government of Bosnia's Federation entity showed its serious intentions towards reforms by slapping a blockade on any new hires and pledging to act on EU jobs compact.

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27 Mar 15

EU's Mogherini Tells Serbia to Hasten Reforms

Ahead of her first visit to Belgrade, the EU foreign policy chief, Frederica Mogherini, said Serbia must achieve results internally and on Kosovo before it can open EU accession talks.

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16 Mar 15

Brussels Clears Bosnia's Route to EU

EU foreign ministers approved the activation of Bosnia's Stabilisation and Association Agreement, but the breakthrough was marred by a new parliment boycott by the main Bosnian Serb party.

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27 Feb 15

Commission Tightens Economic Monitoring of Croatia

Alarmed by macroeconomic imbalances in the Croatian economy, the European Commission is to place Croatia under strict economic monitoring.

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23 Jan 15

Islamist Terror Threat Draws EU, Balkans Together

New internal security strategy for Europe will involve ever-closer links to security structures in the Western Balkans.

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16 Dec 14

Montenegro Opens New Chapters with EU

Montenegro is to open talks with the EU on four chapters dealing with consumer and health protection and customs regulation.

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08 Dec 14

VIDEO: Searching for Solutions in the Balkans

Croatia made it across the finish line, but the rest of the Balkan countries seem to be far away from their European future. What kind of new approaches can be explored to ensure that the accession story ends well?

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05 Dec 14

EU Tells Bosnia to Get Moving on Reforms

During her visit to Sarajevo, the EU’s foreign policy chief is urging Bosnian political leaders to get the country’s reform process back on track after the October elections.

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21 Nov 14

EU Chief Reassures Montenegro on Enlargements

The EU's new Enlargement Commissioner, Johannes Hahn, welcomed Montenegro's decision to back EU policy on Ukraine - and said his visit was a reminder that the EU remained committed to an enlargement policy.

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20 Nov 14

Hahn Tells Serbia to Join Sanctions on Russia

Johannes Hahn, the EU Commissioner for Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, has told Serbia it must join EU-imposed sanctions on Russia.

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05 Nov 14

UK, Germany Launch Joint Initiative on Bosnia

Lamenting the years of waste and stagnation, Britain and Germany have launched a new initiative on Bosnia, promising real progress towards the EU if its politicians sign up to reforms.

In-Depth

18 Feb 15

The ‘Proof’ is Around You, Mr Hahn

The Commissioner’s latest words on Serbia and Macedonia show that the EU is unfortunately sticking to a policy of turning a blind eye to disturbing developments in the Balkans.

30 Jan 15

Greece Could Disrupt the EU’s Balkan Policy

The arrival of a more pro-Russian government in Athens could add to the Brussels’ exiting headaches in the Balkans.

26 Jan 15

Kezarovski Case Shows Macedonia Has Lost Its Way

In its handling of both the Kezarovski case and the amendments to the constitution, the government of Nikola Gruevski has again shown its true authoritarian colours.

23 Jan 15

Bosnian Declaration Will Test Europe’s Resolve

Having run into a roadblock at its onset, the new European initiative for Bosnia requires new international commitment or the risks of further crisis in Bosnia will continue to grow.

19 Nov 14

Interview: Europe is the Only Hope for Bosnia

Europeanisation is the ‘only mechanism for moving things forward’ in the divided country’, Balkan expert Professor Adam Fagan says.

18 Sep 14

EU Enlargement Pause Leaves Balkans in Limbo

The announced pause in the European Union enlargement process has obvious consequences for the Balkan region, where several countries are anxiously knocking at the door.

05 Sep 14

Ukraine Conflict Escalation Threatens Serbia’s Neutrality

Serbia’s attempts to maintain friendly relations with Russia while moving towards EU membership could come to an end if the fighting in Ukraine intensifies.

 

01 Jul 14

Albania Faces Bumpy Road to EU Accession

As Tirana struggles to satisfy membership criteria, internal dynamics in EU member states add a new burden to hopes for a smooth and speedy accession.

25 May 14

EU Election Fails to Catch Fire in Romania

The politicians may be excited by the campaign - but poverty and deep disappointment with the current elite are likely to contribute to a low turnout on the part of voters this Sunday.

05 Mar 14

Time to Try a Third Way in Bosnia

A new approach, combining a focus of local ‘ownership’ of reforms with a stronger engagement by the international community, could offer a way out of the current dead end.