If Croatia has to wait for European Union entry, it will wait, but it cannot and will not go below the level of dignity regarding the border dispute with Slovenia, said Croatian President Stjepan Mesic on Wednesday in Zurich.
A European Commission proposal to set up a mediation group in order to solve the year-long border dispute between Zagreb and Ljubljana and unblock Croatia's EU accession talks is the only "viable way forward," enlargement commissioner Olli Rehn said on Tuesday
The US State Department cleared on Wednesday the US ambassador in Tirana, John L Withers and his staff of allegations that they helped cover up a murky arms deal between a pentagon contractor and the Albanian Ministry of Defence to supply the Afghan army.
During an interview for the Kosovar state TV station, RTK, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kosovo, Skender Hyseni, has hinted that at the next UN session will request the termination of the UN's mission in Kosovo, UNMIK, saying "UNMIK has no more competences in Kosovo."
While Bosnia and Herzegovina’s time as an international protectorate is ending, which is in itself most welcome, now is the wrong time to rush the transition. The state put together by the 1995 Dayton Peace Agreement after a long war will never be secure and able to take its place in the European Union (EU) until it is responsible for the consequences of its own decisions. But tensions are currently high and stability is deteriorating, as Bosniaks and Serbs play a zero-sum game to upset the Dayton settlement. Progress toward EU membership is stalled, and requirements set in 2008 for ending the protectorate have not been not met.
EULEX will formally proclaim today that it is working in full capacity in Kosovo, and will present its new central headquarters in Pristina. According to earlier announcements, the EU mission in Kosovo will have more than 2,000 personnel.
The Kosovo Liberation Army maintained a network of prisons in their bases in Albania and Kosovo during and after the conflict of 1999, eyewitnesses allege. Only now are the details of what occurred there emerging.
Slovene commercial television station POP TV on Tuesday evening revealed details of European Union Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn's proposal for the settlement of a border dispute between Slovenia and Croatia and the unblocking of Croatia's EU accession negotiations, Hina reports.
The European Commission should adopt recommendations for visa liberalisation with Western Balkan countries on July 14, Krisztina Nagy, spokeswoman for Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn said for Tanjug.
When the EC signalled that it was prepared to include Serbia among countries that would no longer need Schengen visas, the move was welcomed in Belgrade but immediately the question was raised – what about Kosovo?
Bulgaria's center-right opposition party is gearing up for coalition talks after beating the ruling Socialists in the country's first parliamentary elections since joining the European Union two years ago.