Friday 15 January 2010
January 12, 2010
Top EU Official Draws Line Between Enlargement, Neighborhood Policies
At a confirmation hearing in Brussels, the EU's enlargement and neighborhood policy commissioner-in-waiting today gave strong backing to the EU's existing commitments to welcome the western Balkan countries and Turkey, but stopped short of endorsing the membership hopes of Ukraine and other eastern neighbors.
November 04, 2009
Unmasking The Truth About Swine Flu
As concerns over massive outbreaks of swine flu rise in many countries with the onset of the influenza season, doctors say much is misunderstood about how people contract the disease. We speak to experts to learn more, and whether there is any cause for panic. RFE/RL correspondent Charles Recknagel reports.
October 23, 2009
Global Growth Remains Strong Despite Crisis
Mobile phone and Internet growth has remained strong despite the global economic crisis -- and one of the fastest-growing areas is Eastern Europe and the countries of the former Soviet Union. That's according to a new report by the UN's trade body.
September 25, 2009
President Talks About Montenegro's Rocky Road
Montenegro's Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic came to international prominence as something of a political wunderkind during the 1990s, when he served three consecutive terms. His kaleidoscopic political career has kept him at the center of Montenegrin events for nearly two decades -- from the breakup to the former Yugoslavia through Montenegro's 2006 referendum on independence and its current bid for membership of the European Union. He spoke recently with RFE/RL Executive Editor John O'Sullivan in the Montenegrin capital, Podgorica, about his country's drive to reform, political courage, and life in Europe's toughest neighborhood.
August 08, 2009
Montenegro Police Probe Reporter After Mayoral Brawl
Montenegrin prosecutors are targeting a prominent journalist in an investigation into an incident in which he sustained a serious ear injury that he says was inflicted by Podgorica Mayor Miomir Mugosa, his son, and their driver, RFE/RL's Balkan Service reports.
July 17, 2009
Tearing Bosnia Apart One Decision At A Time
In effect, Bosnia has once again been divided along ethnic lines. This time, by the European Union. At a time when most analysts are warning that the fragile country is on the verge of collapse, the EU -- by lifting visa requirements for visitors from Serbia, Macedonia, and Montenegro -- is acting to intensify the ethnic fault lines there and to make Bosnia weaker.
July 15, 2009
EU Opens Borders For Some Western Balkan Travelers
The European Commission has recommended that Schengen countries, most of which are members of the EU, stop requiring visas from short-term visitors from Macedonia, Serbia, and Montenegro as of 2010. While an historic breakthrough for the three ex-Yugoslav states, it's also a disappointment for Bosnia-Herzegovina, Albania, and Kosovo, where the visa requirement will remain in place.