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Will Serbia be next?

As reported by CNN a few days ago, Serbia’s prime minister, Ivica Dacic, has publicly declared his “certainty” that his country will be the next member of the European Union. If this is true, Serbia will become the third country of the former Yugoslavia to join the European family after Slovenia (2004) and Croatia (July 2013).

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EU Urges Montenegro to Up Corruption Fight

While welcoming judicial reforms, the European Commission’s annual report on Montenegro calls for additional efforts in the fight against organized crime and corruption.

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Serbia, Croatia Presidents: War Still Troubles Relations

At a landmark meeting, the presidents of Serbia and Croatia said the two countries’ mutual genocide lawsuits and the issue of wartime missing persons are preventing more friendly links.

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Bulgaria's Parliament Rejects 2nd No-Confidence Vote

The second no-confidence vote against Bulgaria's socialist-led coalition government has been rejected, with 118 votes against, 93 votes for, and 20 abstainees.

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Commission backs Albania-EU membership talks

The European Commission Wednesday said Albania should be given the green light to open EU membership talks.

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Фюле отлага посещението си в Косово

Според косовски медии, Комисарят по разширяването

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Фюле: Европа разглежда Сърбия в нова светлина

В авторски текст Европейският комисар по разширяването Щ. Фюле е изразил мнение, че преговорите за присъединяване на Сърбия към ЕС. са изключителен шанс за Сърбия и, че Европа възприема Сърбия в нова светлина, като

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EU hails Turkish reforms, calls for 'truly participatory democracy'

A keenly awaited European Union report hailed reforms carried out by Turkey but also urges the Turkish government to develop "a truly participatory democracy, able to reach out to all segments of society."

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EU committed to Montenegro membership

Commission President Manuel Barroso on15.10.2013 reiterated the EU's commitment to Montenegro's membership during a meeting with the country's President Filip Vujanovic.

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EU to Cut Bosnia Funds Over Reform Failure

The EU is set to cut 47 million euro of assistance after Bosnian politicians again failed to agree electoral reforms to allow all ethnicities to run for high office.

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Patriarch Urges Serbs to Vote in Kosovo Polls

For the first time since Kosovo declared independence, the head of the Serbian Orthodox Church has called on local Serbs to take part in elections run by the Pristina authorities. 

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Macedonia Expects Fifth Green Light from EU

Macedonia this week expects a fifth recommendation for a start to EU membership talks - but the likely endorsement means little without a resolution to the ‘name’ dispute with Greece.

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EU Report Gives Serbia Cautious Thumbs-up

The latest EU report praises Serbia's progress towards European integration, especially on Kosovo, but says it still faces challenges in the fields of rule of law, economy and media.

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Golden Dawn member suggests party's MPs involved in gun smuggling

A convicted member of Golden Dawn has told magistrates that he believes some of the Neo-Nazi party’s MPs were involved in gun smuggling.

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Kosovo Drops Fees for South Serbia Albanians

The Kosovo government said it will no longer ask ethnic Albanians from Serbia’s southern Presevo Valley to pay insurance fees to take their cars across the border.

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