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A senior official says the European Union is "very confident" that a 27-year-old dispute over Macedonia's name, which has hampered the former Yugoslav republic's progress toward NATO and EU membership, will be resolved by the end of June. EU Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn spoke ...
Sofia, Feb. 16 (Xinhua) -- European Union (EU) foreign affairs and security chief Federica Mogherini and Bulgarian Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva expressed optimism here on Friday about the EU integration perspective of the Western Balkans. Providing a tangible European outlook for the region ...

Regarded by many Jews as a mere historical footnote, Sabbatai Zevi is nonetheless "a symbol for some Montenegrins and Albanians of their distinct identity as well as an interfaith and intercultural bridge to the West and Judaism," according to Eliezer Papo, a scholar on Balkan Jewish history at Ben-Gurion ...
He has announced London will host a major West Balkans conference this summer in conjunction with Brussels. Jean-Claude Juncker, who began his five-year term in office as EU Commission president in 2014 by saying there would no new enlargement has now said that some of the West Balkan nations ...
Wigan artist Hedley Wiggan is taking his acclaimed tiny works to the Balkans. Historians In Awe Over Discovery At Thomas Jefferson's Property. Read More. Trendchaser. And to celebrate his invitation to Macedonia, he has created a miniature sculpture of its most famous son: Alexander the Great.
EU foreign ministers disagreed over the integration of the Western Balkan on Thursday (15 February), after the European Commission had suggested last ... "I think that it is not possible to expect this condition in 2025, and this can be a big problem for EU enlargement and the Western Balkans," he added.

Both are simply too preoccupied by their own internal problems to help a small Balkan country with a population of just two million. Solutions were needed to address the country's increasing socio-economic problems, and Zaev promised sweeping changes, particularly to Macedonia's approach to NATO ...
The member states will get to have their say on the strategy when they draft their conclusions at the June European Council, which will also touch on the state of relations with individual Balkan countries. Before that, the Bulgarian EU Presidency will hold a special EU/Balkan summit in Sofia in May.
"In principle, the EU's political obligations towards Balkans have a long history. The discussion about the limits of the EU and its capacity for absorption, i.e. accession of new member states, has continued for years, but the Balkan countries' right to access is generally recognized, as Slovenia and Croatia ...
youth unemployment in the Western Balkans is also nearly twice as high as in EU countries. Of the eight countries in Europe with youth unemployment rate exceeding 40 percent, five are in the Western Balkans. Creating a common market between Western Balkan countries would double the current level ...
UK-born Marijana Dworski, who sells Balkan books from rural Wales, has returned regularly to her ancestral home all her life and says the questions she gets haven't changed since those days: "Where do you live in Lon-don [always pronounced as written]?" "How much do you earn in Lon-don?" "What car ...
The investigation exposed how SOCOM had ordered its contractors to stop trucking Soviet-style munitions from the Balkans through Germany in December 2016 following the concerns. Some Syria-bound weapons due to be delivered to Germany have since been routed through Croatia and Bulgaria, ...
Photographer Benedetta Ristori has spent the last three years documenting life on the Balkan peninsula, first hitting the road in 2015 as part of her photo series East: a project designed to explore the ever-changing relationship between past and present. By spending time with local people, Ristori hoped to ...
Western Balkan countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia) have underdeveloped transport, power, and telecoms networks, compared with the European Union (EU) average. Closing the public infrastructure gap will help the ...
They are among the Balkans' most reclusive residents. That's why environmentalists in Macedonia and Albania and their allies in Western Europe are highlighting recently captured images of a lynx called Deki to generate support for protection of the critically endangered species. During the first week of ...
Over the past year, a number of incidents in the western Balkans have raised concerns that the region might be in for renewed conflict. In January 2017, in a provocative stunt orchestrated by the Serbian government, a train set to run from Belgrade to North Mitrovica in Kosovo was plastered with signs in ...
Over the past year, a number of incidents in the western Balkans have raised concerns that the region might be in for renewed conflict. In January 2017, in a provocative stunt orchestrated by the Serbian government, a train set to run from Belgrade to North Mitrovica in Kosovo was plastered with signs in ...

Long neglected by the West, the Western Balkans region is an easy prey for other geopolitical powers that see instability as their opportunity. The EU's wavering political commitment to future membership of the six Balkan countries has caused many people in the region to lose hope. The EU strategy aims ...
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Tuesday warned Balkan countries hoping to join the EU that none will be invited until they have resolved all border disputes with their neighbors. The prospect of European Union membership has been a powerful incentive for reform in the Western ...
Brussels (AP) - The European Union on Tuesday warned Balkan countries hoping to join the bloc that none will be invited until they have resolved all disputes with their neighbors. In a new strategy paper for the western Balkans region, the EU's executive Commission said that Albania, ...
Hydropower production in the Balkans fell further in most countries in Week 5, with combined output in Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and Bulgaria at its lowest in 10 weeks, hydrological reports and Entso-e data show. A further drop is possible this week as river levels are mostly forecast to fall. Output at ...
On the agenda: European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and his team of commissioners meet in Strasbourg Tuesday to discuss the Western Balkans, with European enlargement chief Johannes Hahn and foreign policy head Federica Mogherini to present a plan to help Western Balkan ...
Since the election of a reformist, social democratic government, Macedonians are seeing surprising shoots of hope in their country. The centre of Skopje, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, with its notorious Alexander the Great statue. Wikimedia. CC. It's been 8 months since the government in the ...
The symbolic significance of joining the EU may have faded - few can really believe that any new Balkan states will join by 2025, but the prospect still carries significant potential for improvement across the whole spectrum of social-economic and civil and political rights. To ensure that a new strategy can ...
It is true that every story about the Balkan Peninsula begins with the ancient Illyrians.[1] Historians believe that these Indo-European People were one of the largest European populations to inhabit the western portion of the Balkans from the coasts of the Ionian sea and the Adriatic Sea to the Alps about ...
The EU will "hold out the prospect of membership" to "six Western Balkan countries," writes the Financial Times. ... According to the report, the Western Balkans "loomed ever larger for the EU" as one of the main route for migrants trying to reach the EU, while "EU strategists also fear that Russia is expanding ...
Brussels hopes the six new member states could help to strengthen controls on migration, as many migrants travel through the Balkans before reaching Europe. The bloc also sees welcoming new member states as an effective method of countering Vladimir Putin's influence in the Balkans and eastern ...
Croatian prime minister Andrej Plenkovic will be in Strasbourg on Tuesday (6 February) to share his ideas with MEPs on the future of Europe as part of the series of debates with EU leaders. Last month Irish PM Leo Varadkar spoke and in March Portuguese premier Antonio Costa is expected to take the ...
When Prime Minister Shinzo Abe proposed the launch of a Western Balkans Cooperation Initiative during his recent trip to Serbia, analysts and global media rushed to explain the importance of this ... The Balkan countries have been split between empires, Cold War blocks, and now EU and non-EU status.
It seems that the prehistoric peoples of the Balkan were "faking" gold - making alloys to look like it. One reason we didn't realize that the ancients were apparently mixing metals to make gold-looking alloys, is that until now, we didn't know what the alloys looked like when manufactured some 6,500 years ...
In the global ranking - in which Denmark came top and Venezuela bottom - Balkan countries achieved very different scores. Sloenia came top in the region in 26th place, Romania came second in 29th place, and Croatia came third, in 35th place. Of the other countries in the region, Bulgaria came in 55th ...
Western Balkan countries have made significant progress since the 1990s, when ethnic violence tore the region apart and necessitated an international intervention. But that progress is fragile, and could easily be reversed without a renewed push to put these countries on the road to European Union ...
Prime Minister Boyko Borisov said he would not allow Bulgaria to lose its position as a transit country for gas transportation at the expense of the Turkish stream project. Borisov commented on the topic during the 12th annual business meeting with the government. The prime minister also placed the ...
"I don't like to divide the Balkans as we are so closely connected that every country can cause tensions that can greatly affect the others. Bulgaria and Macedonia have given a great example of countries that despite their disagreements, especially in terms of history, can cooperate," Borisov commented.
While China is probably more supportive and has benefited from the stability in the Balkans, Russia may benefit from destabilisation, which could possibly prevent most of these countries joining the EU. It seems that China is supportive of the possible Balkan-EU perspective, as it gives the region a level of ...
I. Rugova was even called as a "Balkans Gandhi". In the 1990s there were established in Kosovo-Metochia the Albanian parallel and illegal social, educational and political structures and institutions as a state within the state. The Albanians under the leadership of Rugova even three times proclaimed the ...
For Balkan rock star Goran Bregovic, his hometown and muse Sarajevo is more than a city. It is a metaphor for a multicultural way of life that can be torn apart by religious conflict. "What we see in Europe today, we saw first in Sarajevo: A neighbour, who one day is a good neighbour, the next day shoots you ...
The Coalition for RECOM announced on Monday that five Western Balkan states - Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia - are likely to sign an agreement to establish the new regional commission in London in July. The commission is intended to determine the facts about ...
Since the Kosovo war, Europe has built a sophisticated regional reform infrastructure for the SEE that has led to significant progress in the "EUropeanization" of the Balkans, i.e. its legal and practical incorporation of the EU's acquis communautaire. Ukraine should explore whether it can join some of these ...
A European Commissioner has warned the only way to stop a war in the Balkans is for the states to be drawn closer to the EU, with Greece acting as a .... Dimitris Avramopoulos, Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, warned the rising tides of nationalism and populism in the Balkan ...
The German government is loathe to comment publicly on the flood of money from Arab gulf states that is supposedly financing the teaching of Wahhabism, the hardline sect of Islam promoted by the Saudi Arabian government, in the Balkans. They similarly declined to publicly comment on the posting of ...
Sofia, Jan. 25 (Xinhua) -- Bulgarian Chief of Defense Lieutenant General Andrey Botsev here on Thursday urged NATO and the European Union (EU) to strengthen their cooperation in the region of the Western Balkans. The deepening of the cooperation between the EU and NATO was one of his ...
Instead, as far as Brussels is concerned, the primary concern is its most recent, and completely fictitious, timeline: how to ensure the remaining Western Balkan states join the EU by 2025. This is a fool's errand. No country in the region will be a credible membership candidate seven years from now, with the ...
The shots which killed Ivanović were a warning to all the Balkans puppets and clowns of what could happen to any of them in broad daylight, if they as much as entertain in passing the thought of diverging from the party line. "All the usual suspects" have been busy indeed, but also meticulous to warn US ...
On January 17, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wrapped up a five-day trip to northern and southeastern Europe. After visiting Estonia, Lithuania, and Latvia, he went to Bulgaria, Serbia, and Romania. His trip to the Baltic and the Balkan regions fits within Tokyo's decades-long attempts to establish ...
Fabrizi said he expected to see progress at the upcoming summit of EU and Balkan leaders in Sofia on 17 May. The EU first held out its hand to the region at the Thessaloniki Summit in 2003, adopting a declaration that offered the Western Balkans a prospect of joining. The pace of accession would strictly depend on each ...
... and lack of political will to prosecute war crimes remain problems in most Balkan countries in 2017, Human Rights Watch's World Report 2018 said. ... human rights Watch, HRW, in a new report published on Thursday said that countries in the Balkans still face old human rights problems, such as attacks ...
Mitrovica -- People in a northern Kosovo town paid their respects on Wednesday to the Serb politician who was gunned down in an attack that has raised fears of instability in the Balkans. Hundreds lighted candles outside the headquarters of Oliver Ivanovic's political party in Mitrovica, where unknown ...
Eurobank will maintain its Balkan footprint in Bulgaria, Serbia and Cyprus after pulling out of Romania, its deputy CEO said on Tuesday, expecting the group's Subsidiaries there to double their profitability over the next few years. Greece's third-largest lender by assets clinched a deal in November to sell its ...
One dissenter from these points of view is Vladimir Zhirinovsky, known in the Balkans for warmongering in the 1990s, who shares his nationalistic vision of foreign policy with his Balkan friend, the Serbian nationalist leader Vojislav Šešelj. He says Russia should strive to restore the borders of the old ...


 

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