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Albania cracks down on migrant arrivals via new Balkan route to the EU
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Kosovo government offices set on fire over license plates row with Serbia
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New Serbian national holiday triggers unease across the Balkans
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Letting Balkan countries into EU is in bloc's interests, says Merkel
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Croatia counting down to join the Eurozone from 1st January 2023
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Western Balkan power plants caused ‘nearly 19,000 deaths’ in Europe, according to report estimates
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Bulgaria to reopen restaurants, bars and cafes on June 1Bulgaria will allow restaurants, bars and cafes to reopen at full capacity on Monday as the Balkan country further eased restrictions imposed in mid-March to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
Bosnia sets local polls for October 4, but Mostar excluded againBosnia will hold local elections on Oct. 4 but Mostar, an ethnically divided town in the south of the Balkan country where no vote has been held since 2008, will be exempted again, the state election..
EU offers more aid, membership to Balkans in riposte to China, RussiaThe European Union's 27 leaders on Wednesday gave their "unequivocal support" for the six Balkan countries to eventually become members of the bloc and offered them more financial support as Brussels..
Balkans are on path to EU membership: statementThe European Union's 27 leaders on Wednesday gave their "unequivocal support" for the six Balkan countries to eventually become members of the bloc and offered more financial support to help the region..
EU aims to counter Chinese, Russian influence at Balkan summitEuropean Union (EU) leaders host a summit on Wednesday with their six Balkan counterparts whose praise for Chinese and Russian support during the coronavirus crisis has ruffled feathers in the bloc,..
Factbox: Six Balkan hopefuls aspire to join the EUEuropean Union leaders host a summit with six Balkan counterparts on Wednesday. Here are some facts about the six Balkan aspirants:
Bulgarian Christians celebrate Easter amid coronavirus outbreakHundreds of Bulgarian Christians flocked to the Orthodox temples for outdoor services on a surreal Saturday night with the Balkan state one of the few countries where churches remained open over the..
EU to limit export control of virus protection gear to just masksThe European Commission plans to narrow controls on the export of coronavirus protective equipment to just a single product - masks - as well as exempt the countries of the western Balkans from the..
Serbian state secretary dies from coronavirusA senior official in Serbia's government died from the coronavirus on Wednesday, a health official said, the second death of a public figure from the disease in the Balkan country.
Kosovo lawmakers dismiss government in no-confidence voteKosovo lawmakers dismissed the government of Prime Minister Albin Kurti in a no-confidence vote on Wednesday, triggering a political crisis as the Balkan country tries to stop the spread of the..
Bulgaria bans entry of trucks en route to TurkeyBulgaria has imposed a temporary entry ban on trucks from more than 65 countries that plan to pass through the Balkan state en route to Turkey, the health ministry said on Wednesday, after Turkey..
Bosnia's health authorities report first coronavirus deathA Bosnian man became the first to die of the coronavirus in the Balkan country, the manager of a hospital in the northwestern town of Bihac said on Saturday.
Bulgarian Orthodox Church tells faithful to pray at home to curb coronavirusBulgaria's main Orthodox Church urged Christians on Saturday to stay away from churches and pray at home as the Balkan country tightens restrictive measures to contain the spread of coronavirus.
Bulgarian investigative journalist assaulted in SofiaA popular Bulgarian investigative journalist was severely beaten by masked men outside his home in downtown Sofia late on Tuesday in an attack condemned by many journalist organizations and politicians..
Kosovo fears U.S. may pull troops out over Serbia tariff disputeConcern is growing in Kosovo that the United States may pull its troops out of the Balkan country in retaliation for tariffs imposed by Pristina on goods from its rival Serbia.
Hungarian PM Orban: 130,000 migrants already in Balkans must be stoppedHungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Wednesday that 130,000 migrants had already passed the Turkish-Greek border in the Balkans, and that they must be stopped as far south as possible.
Austria hints at border closures in echo of Europe's last migration crisisAustrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz hinted on Saturday that borders could be closed across the Balkans in response to a rush of migrants towards Greece from Turkey, echoing action taken during Europe's..
EU's Varhelyi: accession talks with two Balkan states could open in weeksThe European Union could open accession talks with Albania and North Macedonia within weeks as both countries have made good progress in their preparations, the European Commission's enlargement chief,..
'North Macedonia, Albania will deliver,' EU enlargement chief saysNorth Macedonia and Albania can deliver on the reforms required to join the European Union, the EU enlargement commissioner said on Tuesday, in the latest sign that the Balkan neighbors are set to..
International donors pledge 1.1 billion euros for Albania after earthquakeInternational donors pledged 1.15 billion euros on Monday to help Albania rebuild after a 6.4 magnitude earthquake hit the Balkan country in later November, killing 51 people.
Serbia should accept EU expansion reforms, president saysSerbia should accept the European Union's proposed changes to the way it admits new countries, which could smooth the path toward membership for Balkan countries, President Aleksandar Vucic said on..
French change of tone boosts Balkan states' hopes of joining EUFrance has welcomed the European Union's proposed changes to the way it admits new countries, which could smooth the path towards membership for Balkan countries after President Emmanuel Macron blocked..
EU aims to admit six Balkan states under reformed process: commissionerThe European Union still aims to admit the Balkan nations of Serbia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Albania, Bosnia and North Macedonia into the bloc, new EU enlargement commissioner Oliver Varhelyi said on..
Kosovo approves new government, PM vows to be tough negotiator with SerbiaKosovo's parliament approved a new government on Monday after weeks of coalition talks, and Prime Minister Albin Kurti promised to take a tough stance in negotiations with Balkan rival Serbia.
Kosovo parties sign long-awaited deal to form governmentKosovo’s two biggest parties reached a deal on Sunday to create a new government almost four months after the Balkan country held snap elections following the prime minister's resignation.
Bulgaria expels two Russian diplomats for espionageBulgaria expelled two Russian diplomats who prosecutors suspect were involved in espionage and gave them 48 hours to leave the Balkan country, the foreign ministry said on Friday.
Kosovo jails eight over plot to kill president and prime ministerA Kosovo court jailed eight men on Wednesday for the attempted murder of a former politician and plotting to kill the Balkan country's president and prime minister in 2017.
Bulgaria names new environment minister amid water crisisBulgaria's parliament approved Emil Dimitrov as environment minister on Wednesday after prosecutors charged his predecessor with deliberate mismanagement of a water crisis affecting a western region of..
Four Balkan states flesh out deal for free movement of laborWestern Balkan leaders met on Saturday to advance EU-supported plans for free movement of people and goods in their region to boost trade and investment.
Defiant Nobel winner Handke dismisses questions on Balkan warsAustrian writer Peter Handke, winner of the 2019 Nobel literature prize, said on Friday he preferred anonymous hate mail to questions about his support for Slobodan Milosevic, Serbia's strongman during..
Winter poses new threat to migrants in Bosnian forest campHundreds of migrants from the Middle East and Asia living in a freezing camp in the forests of Bosnia are short of food and bedding and at growing risk as the bitter Balkan winter approaches, aid..
Bosnia faces outflow of military personnel over low wages: Parliamentary commissionerBosnia is facing an outflow from its politically sensitive multi-ethnic armed forces (OSBiH) due to the failure of political institutions to approve adequate funding, the Balkan country's military..
Bulgaria asked Russia to recall diplomat over spying allegationBulgaria's Foreign Ministry asked Moscow to recall a diplomat from the Russian Embassy in Sofia, after prosecutors accused a first secretary of having been involved in espionage in the Balkan country..
Croatia ready to join border-free Schengen area, EU Commission saysThe European Commission recommended on Tuesday that Croatia joins the border-free Schengen area, more than four years after the Balkan country applied for membership.
France under fire for 'historic error' of blocking Balkan EU hopefulsSenior European Union officials, worried by growing Chinese and Russian influence in the Balkans, accused France on Friday of making a "historic error" by refusing to let North Macedonia and Albania..
EU talks over enlargement to Balkans should restart in November: Italy's PMItaly's Prime Minister said Rome would propose that the European Union restarts talks on enlarging the bloc to include Albania and North Macedonia in November, after the EU blocked the beginning of..
EU's Tusk convinced not opening talks with Balkans would be 'grave mistake': officialA failure to agree to open EU membership negotiations with North Macedonia and Albania would be a "grave mistake," European Council President Donald Tusk believes, a senior EU official said on..
Macron on course for clash with Merkel over EU talks with Balkan hopefulsFrench President Emmanuel Macron was headed for a clash with German Chancellor Angela Merkel this week after Paris was isolated on Tuesday in opposing starting membership talks with North Macedonia.
France holds firm against EU talks with Balkan hopefulsFrance stuck to its hard line against European Union membership talks for North Macedonia and Albania on Tuesday, setting up a showdown between French President Emmanuel Macron and fellow EU leaders..
France says too early to hold talks with Balkans on EU membershipFrance considers it is too early to open talks with Balkan countries on accession to the European Union, a French presidency official said on Tuesday.
France warns of 'endless soap opera' on EU membership talks with BalkansFrance stuck to its hardline position against European Union membership talks for North Macedonia and Albania on Tuesday, warning it could not approve negotiations until the bloc reformed the "endless..
Pompeo warns about Chinese influence in BalkansU.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Montenegro and North Macedonia on Friday and warned Balkan leaders of possible risks from Chinese investment in technology and big infrastructure projects.
Pompeo stops in Montenegro and North Macedonia to discuss NATO, no comment on UkraineU.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo began a short trip to two small Balkan countries, Montenegro and North Macedonia, on Friday to discuss their roles in the Western NATO alliance.
Pompeo stops in Montenegro to discuss NATO, Russian interferenceU.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo began short trips to two small Balkan countries, Montenegro and North Macedonia, on Friday to discuss their roles in the Western NATO alliance.
EU's Tusk urges bloc to back talks with Balkan neighborsThe European Union's outgoing president, Donald Tusk, on Tuesday urged the bloc's members to back entry talks with North Macedonia and Albania, saying they had lived up to their tasks and Europe would..
New U.S. Balkan envoy says restarting Serbia-Kosovo dialogue a priorityThe new U.S. Special Envoy to the Western Balkans, Matthew Palmer, said on Tuesday a priority in his new role is restarting a dialogue between Serbia and Kosovo.
African swine fever hits pig farm in northeast BulgariaBulgaria reported on Saturday an outbreak of African swine fever at a breeding farm for pigs near the Danube city of Ruse in the north east of the Balkan country.
Bulgaria detains suspect in cyber attack on its tax agencyBulgarian police have detained a suspect in a hacking attack on the Balkan country's National Revenue Agency that led to the leak of personal and financial data of millions of people, an interior..
EU Commission nominee hopes Britain would stay, open to BalkansThe nominee for the European Union's next chief executive said on Wednesday she hoped Britain would not quit the bloc and also urged EU governments to keep open a membership path for the Western..
Short-sighted policies stall Balkans' integration into EU: ErdoganShort-sighted anti-immigrant populism in some European Union member states has blocked the integration of Western Balkan countries into the EU, weakening the region's stability, Turkish President..