Without proactive approach, EU risks further unravelling in Western Balkans

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For nearly 30 years following the fall of the Berlin Wall and the violent break-up of Yugoslavia, our two countries were divided over the “name dispute”, which obstructed the relations between our peoples and weakened regional stability and the European perspective of the Western Balkans, write Alexis Tsipras and Zoran Zaev.


Moldovan president signs ‘treason law’ denounced by opposition, Amnesty International

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Moldova's pro-European president signed into law on Monday (10 June) changes to the criminal code expanding provisions on treason denounced by her opponents and Amnesty International.


Moldova’s Interpol chief charged with corruption

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Moldova's top official for Interpol has been detained and indicted on a corruption charge, his lawyer said Friday (7 June), after several arrests this week in a vast operation over sabotaged "red notices" for wanted suspects.


Four Moldovan officials held for sabotaging Interpol red notices

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Four interior ministry employees were arrested in in Moldova on Tuesday (4 June) in a vast operation to catch government officials sabotaging Interpol red notices.

Global Europe 03-06-2024

Thousands of Georgians gather at concert for arrested protesters

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Thousands of Georgians gathered Sunday (2 June) in the capital Tbilisi for a charity concert aimed at raising funds for those arrested during weeks of protests against a controversial "foreign influence" law.


Serbia ruling nationalist party claims victory in capital vote

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Serbia's ruling nationalist party claimed victory in the capital Belgrade on Sunday (2 June) in a rerun of local elections, nearly six months after allegations of fraud in a previous poll sparked weeks of protests.

Global Europe 30-05-2024

Blinken vows support for Moldova against Russia ‘bullying’

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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Wednesday (29 May) promised steadfast US support to Moldova in areas from energy independence to democracy promotion on a solidarity visit to the pro-Western nation as alarm grows over Russian pressure.

Global Europe 29-05-2024

Blinken to support Moldova’s Western hopes against Russia

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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken visits Moldova on Wednesday (29 May) with plans to show robust support for the frontline country's Western aspirations amid alarm over Russian gains elsewhere.


Bosnian Serbs withdraw proposed ‘foreign agent’ law

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The Bosnian Serb government late Tuesday (28 May) withdrew a controversial draft law aimed at creating a register of non-profit groups getting international funding to designate them as foreign agents, officials said.


Twelve Moldovan parties clinch pro-Europe pact, but not all back president

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Twelve parties in Moldova clinched a pact on Sunday (26 May) committing them to act in favour of EU membership for the ex-Soviet state as the campaign for an October referendum on European integration heats up.


Russia, Moldova’s opposition denounce Romanian PM’s remarks

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Russia joined Moldova's leftist opposition on Thursday (23 May) in denouncing Romania's prime minister for remarks saying ex-Soviet Moldova's population was made up strictly of Romanians who spoke Romanian.


US imposes visa restrictions, reviewing cooperation with Georgia

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The US was imposing new visa restrictions and reviewing relations with Georgia, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Thursday (23 May), after it pushed forward a Russian-style "foreign influence" law that triggered mass protests.

EU Reforms 24-05-2024

Franco-German relation faces familiar challenge ahead of Macron’s Germany trip

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Approaching the first official state visit of a French president to Germany in 24 years, the Franco-German engine is again struggling to design a framework for the EU of the future, but upcoming national elections add unprecedented urgency to their task.


UN to vote on declaring Srebrenica genocide memorial day

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The UN General Assembly will vote Thursday (23 May) on establishing an annual day of remembrance for the 1995 Srebrenica genocide, despite furious opposition from Bosnian Serbs and Serbia.


Kosovo shuts Serbian bank branches in troubled north

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Kosovar police said they had closed six branches of a Serbian bank in the country's troubled north on Monday (20 May), nearly four months after Pristina banned transactions in Serbian dinars.


Greek PM warns North Macedonia on EU bid

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Greece warned on Friday (17 May) that North Macedonia's reopening of a long-running name dispute could hurt its EU bid, hours after the incoming prime minister in Skopje rejected criticism from Athens.


Moldova to hold EU referendum, presidential election on 20 October

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Moldova's parliament voted on Thursday (16 May) to hold a referendum in October on EU membership, the cornerstone of President Maia Sandu's policies, alongside a presidential election.


Moldova seeks temporary ban on pro-Russian party’s activities

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Moldova's Justice Ministry asked a Chisinau court on Wednesday (15 May) to place restrictions on political activities by the pro-Russian Chance party (“Șansă”), which opposes the government's drive for the ex-Soviet state to join the European Union by 2030.


EPP fumes at Macedonian member, says it tops list of upcoming ‘house cleaning’

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North Macedonia’s election-winning nationalist VMRO-DPMNE party has sparked reactions across Europe and from its own EU family, the centre-right European People’s Party (EPP), after President Gordana Siljanovska-Davkova refused to use the country’s official new name during her inauguration on Sunday (12 May).


North Macedonia president stokes controversy at inauguration

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North Macedonia's first woman president was inaugurated on Sunday (12 May), with the new nationalist leader angering Greece after a speech that did not acknowledge her country's new name.


Tens of thousands rally in Tbilisi ahead of final reading of ‘foreign influence’ bill

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Tens of thousands of Georgians descended onto Tbilisi's Europe Square Saturday (11 May) in the latest mass protest against a "foreign influence" bill likened to repressive Russian legislation that has sparked outrage.

Elections 10-05-2024

Editor’s take: The discrete charm of dictatorship

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China’s President Xi Jinping has been received in Serbia and Hungary as the messiah. Only during communism Belgrade and Budapest were so decorated with flags and posters and so many people were bussed to greet the high visitor.


EU candidate Serbia and China chart ‘shared future’

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China and Serbia agreed to follow a "shared future" as President Xi Jinping visited the Balkan country as part of his bid to forge stronger relations with allies at the edge of the EU.


North Macedonia set for rocky ties with EU as nationalists win presidential, parliamentary election

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North Macedonia appeared to be on a collision course with its EU neighbours Greece and Bulgaria, as the nationalist opposition swept parliamentary and presidential elections on Wednesday (8 May).