Harnessing the potential of French proposals for the benefit of Western Balkans

By |november 27th, 2019|accession negotiations, Albania, Emmanuel Macron, EU-Montenegro relations, EU-Serbia relations, News, North Macedonia, Western Balkans|

In recent days, the discourse on the Western Balkans’ EU accession has been dominated by discussion of the (in)famous French non-paper, finally explaining the thinking behind the changes in the enlargement methodology announced earlier by President Macron. Milena Lazarevic explains how the French proposal might work.

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EU faces rift over enlargement policy after French ‘non’

By |november 20th, 2019|Albania, Amelie de Montchalin, Donald Tusk, Emmanuel Macron, EU enlargement, Finnish Presidency, Jean-Claude Juncker, Nato, News, North Macedonia, Prespa agreement, Tytti Tuppurainen, Ursula von der Leyen, Western Balkans|

European Union members wrangled over the rules for joining their club on Tuesday (19 November), after France triggered anger by seeking to postpone bids from Albania and North Macedonia. At the 17-18 October summit, EU heads of state and government...

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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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A new momentum for progress in the Western Balkans

By |november 8th, 2019|News, Western Balkans|

The EU decided last month not to open membership talks with Albania and North Macedonia just yet and a  broader discussion on the future of the EU is ongoing. But there is positive economic momentum in the Western Balkans, with more foreign investment coming in, and it needs to be maintained, write Borge Brende and Martina Larkin.

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We are not in an crisis, says German Economics and Energy Minister Altmaier

By |oktober 21st, 2019|Croatia, economic crisis, EU Council Presidency, Germany, Industrial Policy, News, Peter Altmaier, US tariffs, Western Balkans, zero growth|

In an interview with EURACTIV Croatia, German Federal Economy Minister Peter Altmaier spoke about the forthcoming EU presidencies of Croatia and Germany, the controversial zero growth ('Schwarze Null'), and the cooperation with the Western Balkan states.

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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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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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Failing to deliver on Albania and North Macedonia will haunt the EU

By |oktober 14th, 2019|EU-Albania relations, News, North Macedonia, Western Balkans|

When the European Council gets together on 17-18 October to decide on the opening of accession talks with North Macedonia and Albania, they will also be making a decision for the future of the European Union, writes Akri Çipa.

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Three countries agree mini Schengen in the Balkans

By |oktober 11th, 2019|Aleksandar Vučić, Edi Rama, EU-Serbia relations, News, North Macedonia, Serbia, Serbia-Kosovo conflict, Western Balkans, Zoran Zaev|

Three Western Balkan EU hopefuls, Albania, North Macedonia and Serbia, have decided to advance regional cooperation by forming the so-called "mini-Schengen" in order to improve life and the economy in the region until the EU opens its doors to them.

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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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