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Mr Macron has had more contact with Putin than any other Western leader, with the pair having spoken at least a dozen times over the past month. The French president’s last contact with his Russian counterpart came on Saturday during a 75-minute call in which he asked the Kremlin strongman to end his ongoing invasion …

European Union flags fly in front of the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, April 10, 2019. REUTERS/Yves Herman Join now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register VERSAILLES, France, March 11 (Reuters) – The European Union is ready to impose even tougher economic sanctions on Russia and may give Ukraine more funds to buy …

The writer is Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine For two weeks, Ukraine, a European country, has been defending itself against brutal Russian aggression. The Ukrainian people are heroically fighting for their homeland, their identity, their freedom and their right to exist. Today, our country is at the head of all Europe and the free …

After mobilizing, many residents of Budapest and Warsaw are no doubt hoping for a reprieve in their long-running dispute with Brussels over rule of law issues. In a moment of crisis, many will be adamant that now is not the time to split within the bloc. “The [European Commission] should immediately stop all sanctions against …

Two EU-sanctioned Russian oligarchs had applied for Maltese citizenship but were refused, Evarist Bartolo said on Wednesday. He was speaking on Newsroom, a Facebook production of MaltaToday, just after the government announced the temporary suspension of passport sales to Russian and Belarusian nationals. Bartolo insisted that none of the 31 EU-sanctioned oligarchs hold Maltese passports. …

On February 25, the Serbian National Security Council adopted conclusions on the war in Ukraine, while qualifying the conflict as “events in Eastern Europe”. The conclusions expressed support for Ukraine’s territorial integrity but refrained from imposing sanctions on Russia. Serbia has not signed on to EU sanctions against Russia since they were introduced in March …

Polish President Andrzej Duda has called for Ukraine to be given a fast track to EU membership. His remarks follow a call made this morning by his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelensky, that Ukraine’s possible membership of the bloc should now be “decided once and for all”. “Poland supports an express lane for Ukraine’s EU membership,” …

Eight years after a brutal government crackdown on protesters led to the overthrow of a pro-Russian president, former Euromaidan protesters see Ukraine’s race to the Western orbit as irreversible. When a massive crackdown was launched against anti-government protests in February 2014, Olena Halushka was among hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians who took to the streets. …

Crisis does not shape character; he reveals it. And so it was with the European Union and its handling of events in Ukraine. Vladimir Putin’s motives may remain unclear, but whether the ongoing military escalations on the Ukrainian border are the preamble to a full-scale invasion or simply a stress test of Western resolve, there …

After 16 months of negotiations, the draft contract became Britain’s post-EU brokerage contract. The deal is unlikely to boost the UK economy. But he hopes Downing Street will help “pave the way for Britain’s membership”. Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) Free trade area of ​​11 Pacific countries including New Zealand. “This is an excellent British trade agreement …

Four students, rejoicing at the good news, partied in one of Podgorica’s many Irish pubs. Fed up with nationalism, populism and other kinds of plague invading the Western Balkan region, they revel in a better future that awaits them in the European Union. It was summer, the Thessaloniki summit had just ended and the promise …

Protesters blocked Serbia’s main roads on Sunday and demanded the government cancel plans to build a lithium mine in the west of the country. The main north-south highway running through the capital, Belgrade, was targeted by environmental activists, bringing traffic to a standstill for an hour. Traffic on several other roads, including a border crossing …

(MENAFN- UkrinForm) Most Ukrainians support Ukraine’s accession to the European Union and the North Atlantic Alliance. This is according to a survey conducted by the sociological service of the Razumkov Center from November 24 to December 1, reports Ukrinform. The poll found that if a referendum on Ukraine’s EU membership was held in the near …

The conservative North Macedonian opposition failed in its November 11 attempt to overthrow Prime Minister Zoran Zaev’s government. This only happened because lawmakers in the ruling coalition were able to end a vote of no confidence due to a lack of quorum after the mysterious disappearance of a single opposition-aligned MP, after having reported via …

Greco-Turkish maritime disputes, formulated in competing narratives of national sovereignties, are not new. Moreover, it has also long been true that the two parties fail to agree on a framework within which to settle their differences. Despite intermittent outbreaks, these disputes have traditionally taken the form of a simmering but frozen conflict. Despite the relative …

Prime Minister Zdravko Krivokapić today met the Director for South Eastern Europe, Turkey, EFTA States, OSCE and Council of Europe at the German Federal Foreign Ministry Susanne Schütz. Prime Minister Krivokapić said the government wants to join the European Union at an accelerated pace. EU membership is our strategic objective, on which Montenegro is constantly …

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Global Europe Brief, your weekly update on the EU from a global perspective. You can sign up to receive our newsletter here. In this week’s edition: Belarus-Ukraine fears, Dushanbe talks and blocking of EU membership. Russia seems to be living up to its old tricks, and events in and around Belarus have …

Partly attributing his party’s crushing defeat in the recent municipal elections to the stalling of EU membership negotiations, North Macedonian Justice Minister Bojan Marichikj told EURACTIV that the Skopje government would be more cautious in l ‘to come up. The standoff between Bulgaria and North Macedonia began in the fall of 2020 after Sofia refused …

Serbian leader Aleksandar Vucic has two characters. The pro-Western side of Dr Jekyll remains reserved in Brussels, EU capitals and Washington, while the country’s citizens get Mr Hyde, who is slowly transforming Serbia into a postmodern Weimar Republic, said Srdjan Cvijić to EURACTIV in an interview. Srdjan Cvijić is a member of the Advisory Group …

Greece and Serbia to expand bilateral relations with “great opportunities” in energy, transport and interconnectivity sectors, Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias said in joint statements with his Serbian counterpart Nikola Selaković. Bilateral economic relations “are at a high level,” Dendias said in Athens on Tuesday after his meeting with Selaković. With Greek business owners investing …

BELGRADE – “In times of crisis, we have to be honest with each other. Otherwise, we risk hypocrisy, we risk doing something we do not want to do coronavirus the crisis has shown us how fragile we are ”, underlined the director of the Belgrade Center for Security Policy Igor Bandović, opening of the 11th …

KIEV (UrduPoint News / Sputnik – October 19, 2021) Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has said he sees no point in asking senior EU officials about EU membership prospects. “Honestly, there is no point in asking certain questions of our distinguished colleagues when we know the answer in advance. Therefore, I asked neither Ursula von der …

Additionally, Russia denies interference with gas prices, Turkey ratifies the Paris Agreement, and more. The big story: EU-Western Balkans summit fails to meet membership schedule What happened: The day Mountain peak which took place yesterday at Brdo Castle in Slovenia did not provide concrete dates for the EU membership of Western balkan country, reports Deutsche …

The leaders of North Macedonia and EU member Bulgaria appear to have considered a possible exit from a year-long dispute over a shared culture that has blocked Macedonian hopes of progressing towards membership talks with the block. But without a decisive breakthrough to dispel Sofia’s objections to opening such negotiations, EU officials acknowledged that the …

In 2019, Serbia grabbed the headlines by overtaking NATO member Croatia as the biggest military spend in the Balkan region, spending $ 1.14 billion, a 43% increase over compared to the previous year. This year, Serbia’s defense budget has nearly doubled from $ 700 million in 2018 to around $ 1.5 billion, according to open …

The EESC Western Balkans Civil Society Forum, held in Skopje on 30 September and 1 October, highlighted the need for a clear EU membership perspective for the region and the role that civil society should play in this process. The Forum was organized by the European Economic and Social Committee in cooperation with the European …

Newsletter: Europe Express Your essential guide to what matters in Europe today. Delivered every day of the week. The EU is expected to expand to include all of the Western Balkans by the end of the decade, according to a proposal by the bloc’s presidency holder that stunned other member states ahead of a summit …

EU chief seeks reassurance for regional leaders on six-day tour EU and Balkan leaders to meet for summit next Wednesday Migration fears and disinterest hamper EU Balkan strategy BELGRADE, Sept.30 (Reuters) – The European Commission decided on Thursday to reassure Serbia about its future membership of the European Union after an internal document in Brussels …

The European Union is not ready for further enlargements and cannot guarantee that the Western Balkans will be part of it at some point. Source: Novosti Thursday, September 30, 2021 | 08:52 EPA-EFE Andrej Cukic This is the latest news from Brussels, which appeared in Western media two days ago and has only fueled suspicions …

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen says she hopes to start EU membership talks with Albania and North Macedonia before the end of the year as frustration grows in the Western Balkans facing the snail pace of progress on the issue. “We have asked a lot of you and you have kept our word. …

Albanian Prime Minister complained about delay in launching negotiations for his country’s accession to the European Union TIRANA, Albania (AP) – The Albanian Prime Minister complained on Tuesday about the delay in launching EU membership negotiations with his country, saying Bulgaria’s veto was holding the process hostage. Edi Rama spoke at a press conference with …

STA, September 27, 2021 – Speaker of Parliament Igor Zorčič on Monday hosted a meeting of speakers of Western Balkan parliaments, saying the EU must give the region a clear signal on when it can expect to join the EU. Speakers of the Serbian and Montenegrin parliaments also called for more clarity on EU enlargement. …

Rarely has the outcome of elections in Germany been as uncertain as it is today. As for pollsters, the country could face tough coalition negotiations after Sunday’s vote. In the latter, foreign policy issues will not be the dominant concern, but they will play an important role. Recent events in and around Afghanistan have shown …

Australia’s abandonment of the French submarine deal is a turning point in the strength and solidarity of the US-led Western alliance, which dominated the world stage after the end of the war. cold and the formation of the world order oriented towards the West. Over the past three decades, there was a state of harmony …

The Balkans are likely to present “the next big opportunity” for the European Union, and the region could become the bloc’s next economic engine, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said on Friday, addressing the Conference of Speakers of Parliaments of the Visegrad and Southeast group. Eastern Europe. The V4 and the Balkan countries could end up …

The government of Montenegro intends to cancel its plan to invest 54 million euros in the reconstruction of its coal-fired power plant in Pljevlja and plans to invest the funds in renewable energy projects, the ministry said. Investments in a press release. In April 2021, the Secretariat of the Energy Community launched a dispute settlement …

WASHINGTON – The United States wants to see the integration of the Western Balkans into the European Union accelerate and strive to restart the process, a senior US State Department official said. Gabriel Escobar, who was appointed earlier this month Acting Under Secretary of State for Central and Southern Europe, overseeing a region he first …

The latest in a series of articles from our correspondents across Central and Eastern Europe that take an ironic look at life in the region. This week, Serbia. Serbia is a wonderful country, which will not surprise regular readers of Emerging europe. Still, there are several things about country life that bother me, and a …

BLED – While highlighting the importance and benefits of EU enlargement to the Western Balkans as a strategically important issue, the leaders of a panel on the future of Europe and enlargement organized in the part of the Bled Strategic Forum, agreed on Wednesday that the region’s integration into the EU will be crucial. Slovenian …

US Ambassador to Albania Yuri Kim wrote a sort of open letter to Prime Minister Edi Rama and Democratic Party leader Lulzim Basha, reminding them that the US wants a partner in Albania “not a problem “. In one of her most measured comments, she called on “leaders to reflect and take courageous action.” She …

Hungary’s current high level of inflation is temporary and, as long as the central bank makes full use of the tools at its disposal, consumer prices could drop to around 3% next year, the finance minister said on Monday. Mihály Varga. Hungary’s annual inflation rate is the highest in the entire European Union, according to …

The Scottish National Party (SNP) and the Scottish Greens won a total of 72 seats in Holyrood with a record turnout for the Scottish Parliament election of 63%, 10% above the average for an election to the Scottish Parliament . Election victory is an urgent question for one union – the United Kingdom – but …

Foreign Minister Nikola Selakovi underlined that the dialogue between Belgrade and Pritina is the most important topic on Serbia’s path to the EU. Source: Tanjug Sunday July 18, 2021 | 12:19 Illustration: Depositphotos / dk_photos He said he was convinced that Belgrade would not have to give up Kosovo to become a member of the …

By Dr Yatharth Kachiar and Priya Poojary, Montenegro, a NATO country on the outskirts of Europe in the Western Balkans, has become the latest victim of China’s ambition to gain global influence. It is also proving to be a critical test for the European Union to counter China’s growing weight in its strategic backyard. In …

While seeking EU membership in the early 2000s, Sofia started arguing about its possible membership of the euro zone. And, in fact, the number of experts and The politicians who are at least somewhat hesitant is not small. In addition, no country has adopted the common currency since 2015, when Lithuania abandoned its currency after …

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) – Slovenian President Borut Pahor said on Friday he would visit Bulgaria next week to try to resolve a dispute that is hampering EU membership negotiations with North Macedonia and Albania. Slovenia, a former Yugoslav republic, took over the rotating EU presidency on July 1 and Pahor described the accession process …

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) – A senior US diplomat for Europe says delays in EU membership talks with Albania and North Macedonia are helping opponents in the West to do advance their geopolitical ambitions. “There is a lot of work to be done,” said Matthew Palmer, deputy assistant secretary of state for Europe and Eurasia, …

NOTThe negotiations between Serbia and Kosovo, which resumed in Brussels on Tuesday under the auspices of the European Union, hold the key to stability in the Western Balkans. Without an agreement on mutual recognition as independent states, the escalating dispute will disrupt borders, hamper economic development and prevent European integration. For the talks to be …

LONDON – David Cameron is said to have won the EU referendum with different tactics and another Labor leader in support, one of Vote Leave’s top officials told POLITICO. Speaking to a special edition of the Westminster Insider podcast, marking the fifth anniversary of the Brexit referendum, Vote Leave communications director Paul Stephenson blamed Cameron’s …

Written by Leela Prasad, edited by Explained Desk | New Delhi | Updated: Jun 17, 2021 7:32:29 AM Austrian striker Marko Arnautovic’s goal against North Macedonia in the 89th minute of their Euro 2020 group game was by no means a final winner. His side comfortably led the game 2-1 until that third goal, and …

Allowing the United States to concentrate its military resources in the Pacific requires a division of labor within NATO that forces Europeans to take responsibility for the defense of their continent, writes Antonia Colibasanu. Antonia Colibasanu is Future geopolitics‘Chairman and CEO. Geo Political Futures (GPF) was founded in 2015 by George Friedman, international strategist and …

STA, June 11, 2021 – Former Slovenian President Milan Kučan believes that the government’s declassification of a 2011 document on other possible paths in the process of constitutional reform in Bosnia and Herzegovina, compiled by him, is a measure to deflect attention from allegations that Prime Minister Janez JanÅ¡a has been circulating an unofficial document …

Supporters of the opposition party VMRO DPMNE block a busy intersection in the capital Skopje on June 8, 2021. Photo: EPA-EFE / GEORGI LICOVSKI North Macedonian main opposition party VMRO DPMNE on Wednesday pledged to maintain daily roadblocks until Prime Minister Zoran Zaev’s social democratic government “becomes clear” on its ongoing talks with neighboring Bulgaria …

The Dutch government has presented a positive report to parliament on Albania’s compliance with the conditions set by EU leaders before it takes part in the EU membership talks. Parliament will have the final say on whether the country supports the start of talks immediately after the EU leaders‘ summit later this month. the report …

On Wednesday, Parliament and Council negotiators reached an agreement on the instrument governing the 2021-2027 funding of countries in the process of joining the EU. The co-legislators agreed on the priorities, objectives and governance of the modernized financing of the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA III). It will amount to € 14.2 billion and will …

In a statement on Sunday, EU Ambassador to Albania Luigi Soreca said Albania was ready to start negotiations for EU membership. Soreca’s statement in this regard was part of his closing remarks for Europe Weeks 2021, a three-week event hosted by the EU Delegation to Albania. In May, Soreca and other EU officials visited Albania …

Transport Minister Ian Borg has said he has no plans to take action against his adviser Jesmond Zammit, who has been trapped off-season by police. A CABS spokesperson said Malta weather that members of the committee observed a person trapping in a field near Għar Lapsi, where nets had been set and a number of …

North Macedonian Minister of European Affairs Nikola Dimitrov [L] and the German Minister for Europe, Michael Roth in Skopje. Photo: sep.gov.mk German Europe Minister Michael Roth said during a visit to Skopje that there was a chance of a breakthrough between Bulgaria and North Macedonia which would allow the start of accession negotiations to the …

Bulgaria expects North Macedonia propose a “road map” to resume EU membership negotiations and find a solution to the problems between the two countries, Bulgarian President Rumen Radev explained after the meeting of EU leaders in Brussels Tuesday. According to the President, Bulgaria should be able to make a realistic assessment of the possibilities of …

A year ago, the European Union (EU) gave the green light to launch membership negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia. The late decision instilled some optimism not only about the future of the region, as an indisputable step towards realizing its European aspirations, but also heralded the fact that the Union can take strategic decisions, …

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) – Foreign ministers of Austria, Czech Republic and Slovenia on Saturday expressed unanimous support for North Macedonia and Albania to start accession negotiations with the European Union, arguing that bilateral issues should not block the EU’s enlargement to the Western Balkans. Austria’s Alexander Schallenberg, Czech Jakub Kulhanek and Slovenian Anze Logar …

SOFIA – Bulgaria declares that it does not intend to lift its veto on the long-delayed accession negotiations between North Macedonia and the European Union over a linguistic and historical dispute with its neighbor. “No change can be expected in the Bulgarian national position regarding the Republic of North Macedonia,” Bulgarian Acting Foreign Minister Svetlan …

SOFIA / SKOPJE – Bulgaria says it does not plan to lift its veto on the long-delayed accession negotiations between North Macedonia and the European Union over a linguistic and historical dispute with its neighbor. “No change can be expected in the Bulgarian national position regarding the Republic of North Macedonia,” Bulgarian Acting Foreign Minister …

In her first column for The National after returning to public office after a period of leave to focus on her health, she called for detailed work on what an independent Scotland should look like. She cited the economic argument, the timing of EU membership and how cross-border trade is handled with the UK by …

For the reason that momentous vote of 23 June 2016 that triggered the UK’s lengthy strategy of leaving the European Union, the specter of Scotland’s secession from the UK has resurrected time and time once more. The response to the COVID pandemic has weakened, not strengthened, the ties that bind the Union, and the way …

Politics A tough border with England could be created for the primary time in three centuries if an impartial Scotland joined the European Union, a assume tank has warned. Wednesday March 31, 2021, 2:21 p.m. A report on the implications of Scotland’s re-integration into the EU ought to it turn into impartial stated Scotland would …

The systemic transformation in Central and Japanese Europe after 1989 was not solely motivated by a need for extra democratic participation and the top of political repression but additionally – and maybe above all – by the hope of shortly catching up with residing circumstances. In Occident. . To this finish, the individuals of the …

The Turkish Presidential Safety and Overseas Coverage Committee met on Wednesday with Turkey-EU relations and the struggle in opposition to terrorism on the agenda. The weekly committee assembly was held below the chairmanship of President Ibrahim Kalın’s spokesperson on the Presidential Complicated within the capital Ankara. He mentioned regional and international developments, in addition to …

ANKARA The Turkish Presidential Safety and International Coverage Committee met on Wednesday with Turkey-EU relations and the struggle towards terrorism on the agenda. The weekly committee assembly was held underneath the chairmanship of presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin on the presidential compound within the capital Ankara. He mentioned regional and world developments, in addition to Turkey’s …

Authorized certainty is “crucial precept” of Turkey’s revolutionary new human rights motion plan, designed as a response to the desires and wishes of the Turkish public, the justice minister stated on Wednesday from the nation. Abdulhamit Gul instructed the Anadolu company’s editorial workplace that the human rights motion plan is a reminder not solely to …

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Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan speaks throughout a gathering to unveil the Human Rights Motion Plan, Ankara, Turkey. March 2 / Reuters Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan speaks throughout a gathering to unveil the Human Rights Motion Plan, Ankara, Turkey. March 2 / Reuters Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan pledged to enhance the nation’s troubled human rights …