Balkan hopefuls get green light to start EU talks, conditions still weigh on Tirana

By |marec 24th, 2020|Albania, Denmark, Emmanuel Macron, enlargement fatigue, EU enlargement, Netherlands, News, North Macedonia|

EU ministers on Tuesday (24 March) approved starting membership talks with North Macedonia and Albania, a move hailed as restoring "credibility" after months of damaging delays and bickering.

Komentarji so izklopljeni za Balkan hopefuls get green light to start EU talks, conditions still weigh on Tirana

EU moves to start membership talks with North Macedonia, Albania

By |marec 23rd, 2020|Albania, coronavirus, Croatian Presidency, EU enlargement, Josep Borrell, News, North Macedonia|

The European Council is set to give the green light this week for starting accession talks with North Macedonia and Albania, in a long-awaited move for the Western Balkans after the enlargement process was effectively put on hold last year.

Komentarji so izklopljeni za EU moves to start membership talks with North Macedonia, Albania

Albania opposition rallies to stop ‘coup d’état’ over reforms

By |marec 3rd, 2020|Albania, democratic deficit, Edi Rama, EU enlargement, Ilir Meta, News|

Thousands of opposition supporters denounced Albania's government at a protest rally on Monday (2 March) in a move likely to deepen a row between the country's president and the socialist administration over judicial reforms sought by the West.

Komentarji so izklopljeni za Albania opposition rallies to stop ‘coup d’état’ over reforms

Donors pledge an ‘overwhelming’ €1.15 billion for Albania quake recovery

By |februar 18th, 2020|Albania, donor conference, earthquake, Edi Rama, EU enlargement, News|

International donors on Monday (17 February) pledged €1.15 billion to help Albania recover from a powerful earthquake last year, the EU chief announced, more than double the sum expected by Tirana.

Komentarji so izklopljeni za Donors pledge an ‘overwhelming’ €1.15 billion for Albania quake recovery

EU in ‘frank’ talks with Western Balkan nations seeking membership

By |februar 17th, 2020|Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Charles Michel, Emmanuel Macron, enlargement fatigue, EU enlargement, France, Kosovo, Montenegro, News, North Macedonia, Serbia, Western Balkans|

European Council president Charles Michel on Sunday (16 February) met with leaders of the six Western Balkan nations seeking to join the EU, for 'frank' talks ahead of a key summit in Zagreb in May.

Komentarji so izklopljeni za EU in ‘frank’ talks with Western Balkan nations seeking membership

Mini-Schengen is not a ‘plan B’ for the Western Balkans

By |februar 14th, 2020|Albania, EU enlargement, mini-Schengen, News, reconciliation, Western Balkans|

The idea of an inclusive regional Schengen and cooperation among the six Western Balkan countries, based on the four freedoms of the European Union, is not a replacement but the best way to prepare for EU accession, writes Edi Rama.

Komentarji so izklopljeni za Mini-Schengen is not a ‘plan B’ for the Western Balkans

Commission tries to breathe new life into EU enlargement

By |februar 5th, 2020|accession, Albania, enlargement, enlargement negotiations, EU enlargement, Montenegro, News, North Macedonia, Oliver Varhelyi, Serbia|

The new enlargement rules presented by the Commission on Wednesday (5 February) are supposed to inject credibility, predictability, dynamism and a political steer into the increasingly moribund process. "This is a geostrategic investment," promised Olivér Várhelyi, the Commissioner for enlargement.

Komentarji so izklopljeni za Commission tries to breathe new life into EU enlargement

EU set to modify member accession method to placate France

By |februar 5th, 2020|Albania, Emmanuel Macron, EU enlargement, France, Michael Roth, News, North Macedonia, Ursula von der Leyen|

The EU is set to propose ways to modify the accession procedures for countries entering the bloc in a bid to placate France, but Brussels cautioned Tuesday (4 February) that any changes won't be major ones.

Komentarji so izklopljeni za EU set to modify member accession method to placate France

Czech FM: Visegrad countries will continue to promote EU enlargement

By |januar 21st, 2020|Albania, Article 7, Czechia, enlargement, EU foreign policy, Iran, Iraq, Josep Borrell, News, North Macedonia, treaty change, V4, Visegrad 4, Western Balkans|

The Visegrad countries will need some time to close the ditches they have dug in recent years, Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček told EURACTIV.cz in an interview. He also voiced doubts about the need for a reform of EU membership negotiations, demanded by France, saying the process is already reversible at any stage.

Komentarji so izklopljeni za Czech FM: Visegrad countries will continue to promote EU enlargement

Albanian PM sues Kosovo counterpart for defamation over land-swap claims

By |januar 16th, 2020|Albania, Aleksandar Vučić, Edi Rama, ethnic Albanians, Kosovo, Kosovo recognition, Kosovo war, News, Ramush Haradinaj, Serbia|

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama has filed a lawsuit for defamation against Kosovo’s outgoing prime minister, who has repeatedly said Rama was involved in talks about dividing up Kosovo along ethnic lines, a court in Pristina said on Thursday (16 January).

Komentarji so izklopljeni za Albanian PM sues Kosovo counterpart for defamation over land-swap claims