Serbia sets the stage for Beijing’s mask diplomacy

By |april 2nd, 2020|China, EU enlargement, geopolitical commission, geopolitics, News, Serbia|

When six Chinese doctors landed in Belgrade two weeks ago, Serbia's president greeted them with elbow-bumps before laying a kiss on their country's flag, a gesture of gratitude that sent Chinese social media aflutter.

Komentarji so izklopljeni za Serbia sets the stage for Beijing’s mask diplomacy

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

The Commission’s Eastern Partnership strategy is disappointing

By |marec 24th, 2020|Eastern Partnership, enlargement fatigue, EU enlargement, geopolitics, Georgia, Moldova, News, Russia, Ukraine, Von der Leyen Commission, Western Balkans|

Distance should not be a criterion: Georgia is better prepared for EU membership than the frontrunners of the Western Balkans, writes Andrius Kubilius.

Komentarji so izklopljeni za The Commission’s Eastern Partnership strategy is disappointing

There is room to democratize EU integration process in Kosovo

By |marec 23rd, 2020|civil society, EU enlargement, Kosovo, News|

It is not surprising why Kosovo lags behind in the EU enlargement process, having in mind that many civic society actors were excluded from previous consultation processes, write Svjetlana Ramic Markovic and Agon Demjaha. Svjetlana Ramic Markovic is MA...

Komentarji so izklopljeni za There is room to democratize EU integration process in Kosovo

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

EU enlargement needs better strategic communication

By |marec 12th, 2020|enlargement fatigue, EU enlargement, News, Western Balkans|

The advancement of peace, democracy, respect for human rights and rule of law in the Western Balkans region and their future in a strong and reformed EU is critical for the future of our continent and our fellow citizens, write...

Komentarji so izklopljeni za EU enlargement needs better strategic communication

Eastern Partnership’s champions expect more from the ‘geopolitical Commission’

By |marec 9th, 2020|Association agreement, Charles Michel, Eastern Partnership, EU enlargement, Georgia, Moldova, News, Ukraine, Von der Leyen Commission|

As associated countries of Georgia, Ukraine and Moldova ask for a more ambitious Eastern Partnership (EaP) policy, the debate continues about the next steps and available financial support for what is lauded as one of the EU's most successful foreign p...

Komentarji so izklopljeni za Eastern Partnership’s champions expect more from the ‘geopolitical Commission’

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

New Kosovo PM ready to revoke tariffs for Serbian goods

By |februar 24th, 2020|Albin Kurti, EU enlargement, Kosovo, Kosovo recognition, News, reconciliation, Serbia, Western Balkans|

A few years ago, the newly elected Kosovo prime minister overturned Serbian trucks. But Albin Kurti now says he is ready to revoke tariffs introduced by his predecessor on Serbian goods.

Komentarji so izklopljeni za New Kosovo PM ready to revoke tariffs for Serbian goods

North Macedonia wins EU praise for pioneering coal-to-solar shift

By |februar 20th, 2020|Climate Change, coal phase-out, EU enlargement, European Energy Community, News, North Macedonia, solar power|

The European Union energy watchdog praised North Macedonia on Wednesday (19 February) for a pioneering project among EU aspirants to transform an ageing coal mine into two solar power plants, in line with goals to cut pollution and tackle climate change.

Komentarji so izklopljeni za North Macedonia wins EU praise for pioneering coal-to-solar shift