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Angela Merkel: supports Turkish entry as chancellor while opposing it as party leader

Perhaps it was the late hour or lack of air that prompted the outburst in Brussels. It was last Friday morning at 1am, and a weary chancellor Angela M(...)

Joining the EU during a recession is bad enough but Croatia’s own economy is also in severe difficulty: there has been no growth in five years and unemployment is at almost 20 per cent. Photograph: Reuters/Antonio Bronic

Croatia may be just days away from setting off the fireworks in celebration of its entry into the EU, but Luka Zucko is not all that enthusiastic. The(...)

Signs of protest: Croatian war veterans  protesting  in Zagreb in April  against plans for the official use of the Serbian Cyrillic alphabet in the Croatian town of Vukovar. Photograph: STR/AFP/Getty

At Vukovar the swift-flowing Danube is all that separates Croatia from Serbia. From midnight tomorrow this will also be where the EU meets the rest of(...)

Andro Tomic, a leading Hvar winemaker The name prosek could be banned from July 1st because it sounds too similar to prosecco, the wine from northern Italy that has brand protection in Brussels.

Croatia is rightly proud of what it will bring to the European Union when it becomes the bloc’s 28th member next week, from graceful Zagreb in the nor(...)

The Croatian national flag, sits alongside the European Union flag on the Croatian island of Solta, in Maslinica, Croatia.

EU membership will help Croatia deal with its troubled past, President Michael D Higgins predicted during a visit there last week. However, it’s likel(...)

President Michael D Higgins has warned that speculative markets and rating agencies are now seen as having more power than elected parliaments in addressing economic problems. Photograph: Eric Luke /The Irish Times

Speculative markets and rating agencies are now seen as having more power than elected parliaments in addressing economic problems, President Michael (...)

11,541 red chairs pictured along Titova street in Sarajevo on April 6th, 2012, as the city marked the 20th anniversary of the start of the Bosnian war. “As Croatia prepares to join the EU on July 1st and surrounding countries, notably Serbia, move closer to membership, Bosnia faces increasing marginalisation.” Photograph: Dado Ruvic/Reuters

Twenty years ago,Bosnia and Herzegovina was a place of carnage. Europe did nothing concrete to stop the war until over 100,000 people had died and hun(...)

The current abortion debate exposes deep-rooted misogynistic and sexist attitudes to Irish women’s reproductive health and rights. First, there(...)

The European Commission recommended today that negotiations begin with Serbia on membership of the European Union. Photograph:
Marko Djurica/Reuters

The European Commission recommended today that negotiations begin with Serbia on membership of the European Union. After months of on-of(...)

Slovenian prime minister Alenka Bratusek, her Croatian counterpart Zoran Milanovic, Slovenian foreign minister Karel Erjavec and Croatian foreign minister Vesna Pusic shake hands after the Slovenian parliament ratified Croatia's EU accession, in Ljubljana last week.  Photograph:  Srdjan Zivulovic/Reuters

Slovenia's creditworthiness is deteriorating at the fastest pace in the world after Cyprus as investors speculate a banking crisis will force i(...)

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