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Bulgaria has "lost patience" with the Netherlands over its veto on the Bulgarian bid to join the Schengen Area, Bulgaria's Deputy PM and Finance Minister, Simeon Djakov, has told the Dutch newspaper, De Telegraaf.
The president of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, said Montenegro is likely to become the EU's 29th member.
Reversing his previous position, Socialist leader Edi Rama said his party will vote in favour of government plas to reform immunity laws - even though the government has refused to consider other reforms proposed by the opposition.
Enlargement Commissioner repeats that Belgrade and Pristina must normalise ties - but Serbia's diplomatic recognition of Kosovo is not crucial to its EU integration.
The upcoming European Commission opinion on Serbia will reveal that Serbia has made only limited progress in the past year, the Commissioner for Enlargement has warned.
Croatia will be divided statistically into two regions from next year, instead of three, to better exploit EU funds worth almost 14 billion euro by 2020, the government announced.
Romania has welcomed France's decision to ease work restrictions on Romanians in France, which may ease the plight of Roma migrants to the country.
Croatia's top foreign policy priority is the ratification of its EU accession treaty, a process it expects will be completed by year's end, Foreign Minister Vesna Pusic said.
If it meets all the EU criteria, Serbia may be able to get a date for membership negotiations by July 2013, a senior EU official tells Balkan Insight.
New survey shows that support for EU membership has now dropped below 50 per cent - but the percentage of those opposed to EU membership has also dropped, presenting a mixed picture overall.
Bulgaria and Romania must improve efforts to fight organized crime and corruption, the President of the European Commission Jose Manual Barroso, said on Wednesday.
Most Bulgarians do not trust their own government to efficiently fight corruption, which is why they want European monitoring to continue, survey shows.
Right-wing opposition party says Croatia's EU accession will affect Polish interests - and so needs to be ratified in parliament by a two-thirds majority.
Serbia moved down the list of countries of origin for asylum seekers in the EU in 2011, descending from third to fifth position, compared to the year before.
The OSCE Chairmanship representative has welcomed Montenegro’s democratic reforms but urged further action in the fight against organized crime and corruption.
Ten years after the Thessaloniki summit, the EU enlargement process for the western Balkans needs an injection of new energy.
Young Bosnians with Croatian passports will have new opportunities to work in Europe after Croatia joins the EU in July - but some regard this privilege with mixed feelings.
Belgrade’s failure to obtain a start date for EU membership talks in June will not cause immediate damage to the economy, but the long-term implication are worrying, experts say.
Europe should not offer Belgrade a start date for talks until it offers its own minorities the same privileges it demands for the Serbs in Kosovo.
The recent revival of hate speech, mainly targeting Serbs, presents an unwelcome challenge for the government - and for the country as it prepares to join the EU.
Three upcoming reports will help determine the EU prospects of Kosovo, Serbia and Macedonia; of the three, the latter is causing by far the most concern.
In the run-up to a crucial EU decision on opening membership talks with Belgrade, Serbs are unclear which way Berlin will jump.
The media campaign against Bulgarian and Romanian immigrants plumbs new depths each week. Who would have guessed this country once put Bulgaria on a pedestal?
Reports about the number of impoverished migrants from Bulgaria and Romania are alarming Germany - but how accurate are these claims?
Questions of democratic development are more complex in the Western Balkans than elsewhere in Eastern Europe.