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Putin's pipeline drives wedge between EU and Balkan hopefuls

24.10.14 @ 00:37

Macedonia has become the latest Western Balkan country to receive a stark warning on the implications of building Russia’s South Stream gas pipeline for its EU future. Janez Kopac, the head of the European Energy ...

OpinionTime to resolve the Greece-Macedonia name game

03.12.13 @ 09:56

The countries in Balkans find themselves in different phases in the pre-accession process but normally they do progress over the years and pass to next phase in the lengthy accession process. The recent enlargement ...

Commission backs Albania-EU membership talks

16.10.13 @ 17:41

The European Commission has said Albania should be given the green light to open EU membership talks. Presenting the EU executive's annual enlargement reports on Wednesday (16 October), commissioner Stefan Fuele said ...

CIA rendition victim wins European court case

13.12.12 @ 18:17

The European Court of Human Rights has vindicated a German national, a victim of the CIA’s secret rendition programme on European soil, in what human rights advocates are calling a major ruling. The Strasbourg-based ...

No EU accession talks for Serbia or Macedonia

12.12.12 @ 09:29

EU ministers have declined to open accession talks with Serbia or Macedonia, while criticising Turkey for jailing journalists. The ministers said after a meeting in Brussels on Tuesday (11 December) that accession talks ...

OpinionPopulism in Brussels? How to solve the Balkan asylum crisis

24.10.12 @ 09:10

Is the EU edging closer to making a fundamental and strategic mistake by restoring the visa requirement for citizens of the Western Balkans? At this moment the interior ministers of six EU countries - Germany, Belgium, ...

Germany and France demand reintroduction of Balkan visas

15.10.12 @ 21:58

Germany, France and four other EU countries want to reintroduce visa requirements for people from the Western Balkans, saying that the measure is needed to combat a spike in asylum claims from the region. Ahead of next ...

OpinionAustria and Slovakia to help Skopje move closer to EU

10.07.12 @ 09:20

Today marks the first time two EU foreign ministers will conjointly visit Macedonia. It is a signal that we want to further strengthen our friendly relations and make joint progress in areas of common interest. Both ...

OpinionBalkan 'Benelux' would speed up EU entry

19.06.12 @ 10:05

Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia and Montenegro should join forces to build a new and permanent co-operation structure aimed at boosting their political and economic relations, with a final common goal of accelerating EU ...

OpinionEU must open its eyes to Balkan realities

23.05.12 @ 22:49

On his death in 1898, Otto Von Bismarck is quoted to have said that "If there is ever another war in Europe, it will come out of some damned silly thing in the Balkans." He was right. A decade or so after his death a ...

OpinionMass unemployment in the Balkans – a need to act

12.04.12 @ 10:49

Leskovac, once known as the Serbian Manchester, is home to a textile industry that began in the 19th century, flourished under Communism, and has survived - albeit barely - until today. The town, which lies in the south ...

UN court: Greece broke the law in Macedonia name dispute

05.12.11 @ 17:32

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Monday (5 December) said Greece broke international law in vetoing Macedonia's entry to Nato due to a bilateral name dispute. "Greece, by objecting to the admission of the ...

Yugoslavia and the profits of doom

02.12.11 @ 10:23

This article was first published on, an investigative journalism website. As the nation once called Yugoslavia collapsed into a deadly maelstrom through the 1990s, the world largely stood mute in the ...

Greek government collapse not helping Macedonia

09.11.11 @ 09:29

The Greek government collapse and the advent of a new team of technocrats demanded by international lenders cast bleak perspectives for solving a long-standing dispute with neighbouring Macedonia over the country's name ...

OpinionBalkan asylum seekers and the spectre of European hypocrisy

04.10.11 @ 09:26

During the first half of this year, an average 25 Bosnian citizens requested asylum in Belgium every month. In August, their number increased to 81. The number for September is likely to be even a bit higher. This is ...

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