EU expansion

Heiko Maas

German Foreign Minister: Western Balkans Should Join EU

BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s foreign minister says it’s in the European Union’s “strategic interest” to expand in the Western Balkans because otherwise China and Russia will gain regional influence instead.


EU’s Federica Mogherini Still Wants Turkey to Join Bloc

VALLETTA (AFP) – EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini said Friday that accession talks with Turkey have not been halted and she still wants it to join, if Ankara can meet necessary conditions.

Lavdrim Muhaxheri, also known by the nom de guerre Abu Abdullah al Kosova, is a Kosovo Albanian Islamic State leader and recruiter of ethnic Albanian jihadi foreign fighters fighting in Syria and in Iraq.

Report: Foreign-Funded Islamist Networks Active in EU Applicant States

The Switzerland-based Centre for Security Studies (CSS) has published a report, focusing on the “Dynamics of Radicalization and Violent Extremism in Kosovo”, which claims that “foreign-funded extremist networks” are active in states applying to join the European Union (EU).


EU Parliament Backs Visa-Free Travel for Ukraine

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Ukrainians’ hopes of securing visa-free travel to the European Union received a boost on Monday when a key committee of the European Parliament backed their cause, but further hurdles remain.


Cameron Accused of Lying Over Turkish Accession Plans

The former Conservative leader Iain Duncan Smith has accused the government of “perpetrating an enormous deceit” on the British public, as it emerged the government is secretly planning to grant visa-free travel to up to 1.5 million Turks. Documents leaked