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Western Balkans

The Balkans are struggling in the past years to recover from the devastating wars that accompanied the break-up of Yugoslavia and to direct their efforts toward integration in the Euro-Atlantic structures. At the moment neither the European Union nor NATO or the US are capable of paying as much attention as they did in the 90s. This to a large extent means that the countries from the region have to deal on their own with difficult problems, additionally being complicated by the tough economic atmosphere not only in Europe but globally too. euinside thinks that the region needs special attention and this is why we dedicate this subject to the most important things that are taking place in the region.

20 April 2018 11:49 The Incident Nobody Saw but Everybody Condemned

Serbia and Croatia know very well they have to repair their relations. The former to be able to join the EU, and the latter to avoid being perceived by its partners as an opportunist. It seems, however, that both countries are doing their utmost to show that a repair is impossible. The latest in ...

12 February 2018 18:46 Brussels Finally Got the Western Balkans by the Horns

For the first time, the vision of the European Union for future enlargements acquires a complete and comprehensive look. The strategy outlined on February 6 is the first truly meaningful document that finally made a link between expanding outward and absorbing it inside. The document is as targe ...

28 November 2017 14:05 Notes on Three Interviews about Bosnia and Herzegovina

If you want to understand what is wrong in Bosnia and Herzegovina, it could help you watch consecutively the series of interviews which Deutsche Welle journalists, Zorica Ilic and Bahri Cena, made this month with the leaders of the three main ethnic groups in the Dayton country - Dragan Covic (o ...

10 October 2017 11:06 Elections in Germany and Their Impact on the Western Balkans

The elections in Germany confirmed the victory of the CDU-CSU coalition, albeit with less votes than in past elections. Obviously, the result will not undermine Germany's role in Europe and in the Balkans, neither Chancellor Angela Merkel's position. The Chancellor remains a significant figure t ...

24 August 2017 13:50 Only in the Balkans - Reforms Theft

You will probably not believe it, but in the Balkans the lack of rule of law and the tolerance of corruption have some fun aspects. This is the case with the theft of the most contentious reform in Croatia by ... Montenegro. No, this is not a joke and it's not a product of a local satiric site ...

14 March 2018 17:46 Juncker's Tour of the Western Balkans - Breaking the Ice

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker's tour of the six Western Balkan countries in end-February has revealed how late the EU is, how much it missed, and how little it does for a region which emerged in the past years as strategically crucial for the Union. The aim of the visit was t ...

14 January 2018 19:43 EU's Western Balkan Dilemma - the Trickiest Task in 2018

Last year (2017) was not the year of the Western Balkans, as analyses can be read. This was the year of the EU's awakening to this volatile region in its immediate neighbourhood, and the realisation that it is of strategic importance to member states in time of a renewed geopolitical r ...

31 October 2017 15:32 Sofia Wants To Be Thessalonнki II but It Lacks Substance and Momentum

The Western Balkans will be a central priority of the Bulgarian EU Council presidency, which starts on January 1st. This is both a very good and a very bad piece of news. Very good because this region is strategically very important for the Union. Very bad because the subject is too big a spoon ...

9 October 2017 15:54 EU Expects Trouble Coming From Catalonia, But Real Danger Comes From The Balkans

The EU is watching with some concern the developments of the situation in Spain, created by the desire of Catalonia to declare independence, as it could shake the Union in two separate directions - economic and political. A possible secession of the rich Spanish province could cause serious quak ...

19 August 2017 15:03 Vučić Can be Trusted as Much as Putin

While Western media continue to praise Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić for starting an internal Serbian dialogue about Kosovo, calling him "the Serbian Willy Brandt", the clever former Milošević information minister opens up a new front line of tension in the much suffered region of th ...

 
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Adelina Marini
The European Commission is to present the progress reports of the #WesternBalkans and Turkey. Federica Mogherini and Johannes Hahn will present the package just a couple of hours after French President Emmanuel #Macron announced he would not support any further enlargement before the EU had deepened. Stay tuned for live updates!
17 April 2018 15:31
Adelina Marini #Hahn: President #Macron was in line with what our president said in his speech of the State of the Union. This is not a contradiction. It's simply acknowledging we have to improve our internal procedures
17 April 2018 16:03
Adelina Marini
#France President Emmanuel #Macron will address the European Parliament this morning and will take part in a debate. This will be an attempt to rescue his European agenda, which has been losing a lot of steam in the past months. Stay tuned for live updates
17 April 2018 09:42
Adelina Marini Long and passionate standing ovation after Emmanuel Macron finished speaking in the European Parliament
17 April 2018 13:22
Adelina Marini
The EU foreign ministers met today in Luxembourg for a regular Foreign Affairs Council to discuss the situation in #Syria after the coordinated strikes by France, UK and the US in response to the chemical attack in Douma. The ministers also discussed Iran's role in the conflict, relations with Russia, and the preparations for the summit with the Western Balkans in Sofia next month. The meeting ended a while ago. Coming up next is High Representative Federica Mogherini's press conference. Stay tuned for live updates
16 April 2018 18:02
Adelina Marini #FAC #Mogherini: We keep a very open channel with #Iran on the war in #Syria. We need to keep that channel of communication open
16 April 2018 18:41
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