Belgium and Sweden are swiftly returning ethnic Albanian and Roma asylum seekers to their countries of origin, hoping to avert an influx triggered by the recent removal of the visa requirement for Serbian and Macedonian nationals.
After 5 April 2010 the owner of the long-term (more than three months) Schengen visa can travel freely within the territory of the Union. Yesterday (9 March) the Parliament has voted on the issue. See more.
The spectacular rejection by Icelandic voters of an ‘Icesave’ accord gives Iceland a resounding mandate to push for better terms in settling €3.9 billion in losses to Britain and the Netherlands. See more.
“Glass is half full, not half empty”. Jerzy Buzek began his speech with this statement on the press briefing yesterday (4th March). The polish politician received Ivo Popovic, the Croatian President was elected a few weeks ago, in order to continue the accessing negotiations. See more.
“Moldavia is not in a difficult, but in a complex situation” – said Iurie Leanca, Deputy PM, Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of the Republic of Moldova, on Friday (19 February) on his lecture in Central European University. He talked about the chances of the accession to the Union according to the Eastern… » read more
It would be ‘gross simplification’ to say that Victor Yanukovich is a stooge of Moscow, says Márton Ugrósdy, analyst of Kitekintő.hu. Ugrósdy believes that the renewed Russian relations will not be enough to fight the economic crisis in Ukraine, so Yanukovich will strive to start free trade negotiations with the EU. See more.
The rationale for the existence of a tribunal to redress the evils committed in South-Eastern Europe during the nineties is not yet exhausted, claimed Serge Brammertz, chief UN prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavi…
During his 3 days visit, Silvio Berlusconi italian Prime Miniszter said, he would support the EU-membership of Israel and he hopes that one day Israel will become part of the European Union.
A new survey reveals that 47% of Europeans back Turkey’s EU accession and 47% are opposed to it. But when the same respondents were asked how would they vote in a referendum on Turkey’s membership, 52% say that they would vote against it and only 41% in favour. See more.
Last Sunday (6 Dec) was held the second round of the Romanian presidential elections. Finally Basescu won the closed competition, although he succeded it by only 70000 polls. It means that he is going to be the president of romania in the next 5 years….