BALKANS



Candidates to join the European Union
FACTBOX

European Union leaders agreed on Thursday to start accession talks with EU candidates Ukraine and Moldova while granting formal candidate status to Georgia.

Erdogan’s nets in the Balkans
OPINION

Why are the Turkish president’s efforts to spread his influence among Muslim populations falling on deaf ears? In a recent speech in Istanbul, Recep Tayyip Erdogan donned the mantle of leader of the Muslim world and spoke of the “geography of his heart,” with crowds of Islamists responding with the slogan “Here is the general, […]


Brutal killings of women in Western Balkan countries trigger alarm and expose faults in the system
ANALYSIS

Throughout the Western Balkans, women are harassed, raped, beaten and killed, often by their partners and after repeatedly reporting the violence to the authorities. The region is staunchly conservative, with a centuries-old tradition of male dominance, but the problem surged following the wars in the 1990s and the political, economic and social crises that have persisted since the conflicts ended.



Greek cooperation with Western Balkans Transport Community
ECONOMY

The opportunities, challenges and prospects of a better connection between Greece and the Western Balkans in the field of transport dominated a meeting held on Friday between Infrastructure and Transport Minister Christos Staikouras and the head of the Western Balkans Transport Community, Matej Zakonjsek.

Western Balkans forum on European integration in Thessaloniki on October 19-20
ECONOMY

The 9th Western Balkans Civil Society Forum, to be held in Thessaloniki on October 19-20, will bring together approximately 100 participants, including a broad range of civil society representatives from the EU and the Western Balkans, as well as representatives of EU institutions, international organizations and regional governments.


Greece quadrupled natural gas exports to the north, says PM
NEWS

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Monday following a trilateral summit in Varna, Bulgaria that together with the prime ministers of Bulgaria Nikolai Denkov and of Romania Marcel Ciolacu “and the very useful” participation of European Commission Vice-President Margaritis Schinas, “We reaffirmed the excellent relations between our countries. We agreed to deepen our cooperation at bilateral and multilateral level and in the wider region.”

Hatzidakis in Albania to attend Berlin Process meeting
ECONOMY

National Economy and Finance Minister Kostis Hatzidakis visited Tirana on Tuesday to take part in the Berlin Process meeting of economy ministers on the topic “Common Regional Market – A step toward the EU single market.”