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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.

25 June 2016 22:36 Ivan Grdešić: Brexit Is Bad News for Enlargement

I meet Croatia’s Ambassador to Great Britain Dr Ivan Grdešić in London on the day after the Brexit. He is unpleasantly surprised by the result. He just came back from Dubrovnik, where he visited the premiere of “Hamlet”, played by a woman. This is a British-Croatian init ...

10 June 2016 09:53 Now Bulgarians Need to Unite behind the President's Speech

The speech of President Rosen Plevneliev to the European Parliament on June 8 was much needed. We needed a high-ranking politician telling us clearly where he sees Bulgaria placed in today’s complex geopolitical situation. I have been asked many times in Brussels why is there no informatio ...

4 June 2016 07:42 No Opening of Chapter 23 until Croatian Demands Are Met

Serbia is getting a green light to open Article 23 only when all interests, positions and opinions of member states are integrated in a common Council position. This is what Croatia’s Foreign Minister Miro Kovač explained at a special press conference in Zagreb, called to clear the numer ...

23 May 2016 13:28 Croatian Reformists Put Themselves in the Situation of the Bulgarian Ones

A true drama unfolded last week (May 16–22) in several South-East European countries. In Croatia, first Deputy Prime Minister Tomislav Karamarko is testing how high is the Croats' integrity benchmark raised and, in Bulgaria, the nationalists of the Patriotic Front waged a war against civil ...

17 May 2016 08:43 Mitov: Western Balkans Should be Treated as EU Members

Enlargement needs a change and a serious one at that. This opinion united in Zagreb the foreign ministers of Bulgaria and Croatia. The Bulgarian Minister Daniel Mitov was far bolder in his vision, while his Croatian counterpart was more concentrated on sending messages to certain neighbouring st ...

10 June 2016 10:36 Should BiH Get Special Treatment on Its Way towards EU?

Will Bosnia and Herzegovina ever be able to fulfil the criteria for EU membership without special treatment or a total overhaul of the Dayton peace agreement? This question surfaced during a discussion on the future of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the EU, organised by the European Parliament&rsqu ...

9 June 2016 09:03 President Plevneliev: Crimea Is Europe

Russia, the eurosceptics, and EU integration were the main topics in Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev’s speech to the European Parliament. The largest focus in it was on Russia and its destabilising role to the EU. Not a lesser destructive factor in his opinion is the British referendu ...

30 May 2016 10:53 Balkan Dialogue: A New Exchange between Republika Srpska and Croatia

What would the Balkans be without provocative statements and words exchanges? After Republika Srpska in Bosnia and Herzegovina recently enraged the Croats by not having the Croatian flag displayed in the press conference room in Banja Luka (the part of Bosnia and Herzegovina that is dominated by ...

18 May 2016 10:50 Commission Knows Not What To Do with Macedonia

Whatever government is produced by the snap parliamentary elections in Macedonia, it would not be recognised as a credible partner of the international community, because three of the four major political parties in the former Yugoslav republic will not be participating in the elections. This wa ...

4 May 2016 08:46 Daniel Mitov: If Serbia Implements Sanctions Against Russia, It Will Speed-up Its European Integration

Croatia is far from being as isolated in its attitude towards Serbia as it was depicted in Croatian and Serbian press until recently. Bulgaria backed the Croatian veto on the opening of Chapter 23 of the negotiations with Serbia. This became clear after the meeting of Bulgarian Foreign ...

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Adelina Marini
Good morning! We're back at work with the 1st debate in the foreign affairs committee of EP on the situation in #Turkey following the coup d'etat in July. You can watch the debate live at the link below or stay here for live updates euinsi.de/xYb8
30 August 2016 09:42
Adelina Marini #Piri: This Parliament cannot vote for visa liberalisation for #Turkey until all the 72 benchmarks are fulfilled. This is not blocking Turkey. It simply doesn't meet the conditions. I know this is not a technical issue
30 August 2016 11:19
Adelina Marini
#Turkey It's worrying that a lot of media outlets have been closed and a lot of journalists have been arrested. It is very important the Turkish authorities to respect under any circumstances the rule of law and human rights, the Commission said
28 July 2016 12:21
Adelina Marini
The @EU_Commission has decided not to impose fines on #Spain and #Portugal for violating the fiscal rules because of the severe social situation in both countries
27 July 2016 13:59
Adelina Marini Pierre #Moscovici: All three options, including cancelling the fine, are entirely within the rules
27 July 2016 14:30

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