Von der Leyen locks horns with Macron over EU enlargement

By |november 12th, 2019|Albania, Emmanuel Macron, EU enlargement, News, North Macedonia, Ursula von der Leyen, Western Balkans|

The new European Commission has yet to be approved, but its president-elect has already locked horns with French President Emmanuel Macron over the future of EU enlargement.

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US envoy knocks EU’s ‘bad message’ to the Balkans

By |november 4th, 2019|Albania, Aleksandar Vučić, EU enlargement, Kosovo, Matthew Palmer, News, North Macedonia, Serbia, United States|

Washington's envoy to the Western Balkans on Monday (4 November) criticised the EU for delaying the start of membership talks with North Macedonia and Albania, saying it sent a "bad message" to a region where all countries hope to join the bloc.

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Albania offers first comments to Macron’s enlargement damper

By |oktober 31st, 2019|Albania, Angela Merkel, Berlin Process, China, Emmanuel Macron, EU enlargement, News, North Macedonia, Russia, Turkey|

A conference in Tirana on Thursday (31 October) provided a rare insight into the state of mind of the country’s government, but also of other regional players, following the EU's recent failure to take a decision on opening accession talks with Albania and North Macedonia.

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Skopje on fire as MEPs slam EU leaders’ failure to open accession talks

By |oktober 22nd, 2019|accession talks, Albania, Alexis Tsipras, Donald Tusk, enlargement, Greece, Jean-Claude Juncker, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, News, North Macedonia, Prespa agreement, Zoran Zaev|

Postponing the start of accession talks with North Macedonia and Albania was a "serious mistake" and "grave error", European Council President Donald Tusk and Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker told MEPs on Tuesday, as negative effects already st...

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All eyes on France after inconclusive enlargement summit debate

By |oktober 18th, 2019|Albania, Boyko Borissov, Bulgaria, Donald Tusk, Emmanuel Macron, enlargement fatigue, EU enlargement, Gitanas Nauseda, Marine Le Pen, News, North Macedonia, Prespa agreement, Western Balkans|

After a long night of inconclusive discussions, EU heads of state are set to return to the EU enlargement issue today (18 October). All eyes are on France, as Emmanuel Macron's position has so far been the major stumbling block for opening accession ta...

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Visegrad 4, North Macedonia in last-ditch effort to change French enlargement veto

By |oktober 17th, 2019|Albania, Donald Tusk, Emmanuel Macron, enlargement, EU accession, EUCO, European Council, Johannes Hahn, News, North Macedonia, Viktor Orbán, Visegrad 4, Zoran Zaev|

In a last-ditch effort on Wednesday evening (16 October) before a decisive EU summit, the Visegrad Four and North Macedonian officials tried to sway the enlargement mood in Brussels.

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France halts EU enlargement talks

By |oktober 16th, 2019|Albania, Angela Merkel, Emmanuel Macron, EU enlargement, EU summit, France, Germany, Greater Albania, News, North Macedonia, Prespa agreement, Russia, VMRO-DPMNE, Zoran Zaev|

France on Tuesday (15 October) blocked the opening of accession talks with North Macedonia, despite the promise made by the Union to Skopje that its historic Prespa agreement with Greece would earn it a ticket to the EU membership negotiations.

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Leaders must take action, giving signals is not enough

By |oktober 15th, 2019|Albania, News, North Macedonia, Western Balkans|

The EU should allow North Macedonia and Albania to sit at the EU accession negotiations table this week - anything else would be a grave political mistake, argues Sergei Stanishev.

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Kosovo dissident Albin Kurti reaches halls of power

By |oktober 8th, 2019|Albania, Albin Kurti, Kosovo, News, Serbia, Western Balkans|

Political prisoner turned parliamentary troublemaker Albin Kurti is within reach of becoming Kosovo's next prime minister after an electoral triumph that could reshape the political scene in Europe's youngest democracy.

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Visegrad countries back opening of accession talks with North Macedonia, Albania

By |september 13th, 2019|Albania, Andrej Babis, Bosnia and Herzegovina, EU enlargement, Kosovo, Kosovo recognition, Miloš Zeman, Montenegro, News, North Macedonia, Ramush Haradinaj, Serbia, Visegrad Four, war crimes, Western Balkans, Yugoslav wars|

Four eastern European Union members on Thursday (12 September) backed the accession of Western Balkan countries to the bloc, saying North Macedonia and Albania should start talks this year.

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