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EU and Western Balkan leaders at summit in Trieste

EU and Western Balkan leaders at summit in Trieste

EU meets Balkan leaders amid concerns over Russian influence

12/07/2017 18:57

European Union leaders are meeting in Italy with their Western Balkan counterparts amid concerns about Russia's growing influence in the region and Wednesday's failure to settle a long running border dispute between Croatia and Slovenia.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern, European Council President Donald Tusk, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern, European Council President Donald Tusk, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic line up pose for a group photo call during the Summit 'Migration along the Balkan route' in Vienna, Austria

EU leaders discuss closing Balkans route amid migrant crisis

24/09/2016 18:01

Austria's chancellor has convened a meeting of his German, Greek and west Balkans counterparts on strategies to deal with Europe's biggest migration crisis since World War Two, including closing the so-called Balkans route

Visegrad Group member nations' prime ministers, Poland's Beata Szydlo (L-R), Hungary's Viktor Orban, Czech Republic's Bohuslav Sobotka

Visegrad Group member nations' prime ministers, Poland's Beata Szydlo (L-R), Hungary's Viktor Orban, Czech Republic's Bohuslav Sobotka and Slovakia's Robert Fico, cut a cake to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the group during an extraordinary summit on the migration crisis

Balkan nations warn EU of tougher anti-refugee measures

16/02/2016 09:30

 Prime ministers of four Central and Eastern European countries have agreed on a controversial plan to effectively close the crucial Balkan route to refugees if in their words Greece is not able to protect its outer border

Romania tightens border controls

Slovakian, Czech and Hungarian security patrol the temporary border fence on the Hungarian-Serbian border southeast of Budapest, Hungary, 31 October.

Romania tightens border controls adding to Balkan misery for refugees

21/11/2015 14:24

Romanian border police have tightened up controls in response to what it calls “possible threats”, leading to long lines of waiting vehicles at the country's borders.

Refugees in Europe

A migrant woman waits to register with the police at a refugee center in the southern Serbian town of Presevo, Monday, Nov. 16, 2015.

East Europe urging halting migrants after Paris attacks

17/11/2015 09:17

Several government leaders in the Balkans and East Europe have expressed concerns about refugees following attacks in Paris.

Slovenian special police forces near the Harmica-Rigonce crossing on the Balkans route taken by thousands of migrants heading to Northern Europe

Slovenian special police forces near the Harmica-Rigonce crossing on the Balkans route taken by thousands of migrants heading to Northern Europe

Balkan authorities investigate suicide bomber in Paris attacks

15/11/2015 19:03

Authorities in several Balkan countries are investigating the travels of a man whose Syrian passport was found next to a dead suicide bomber at France's national stadium late Friday, though some reports have suggested the document may have been fake.

A migrant woman from Afghanistan stands near a border fence after crossing Hungary's border

A migrant woman from Afghanistan stands near a border fence after crossing Hungary's border

Austria, Hungary, Serbia urge EU to help amid refugee crisis

01/07/2015 12:56

Austria, Hungary and Serbia have urged the European Union to step up efforts to fight human smuggling through the Balkans and to not just focus on southern immigration routes as they face a massive influx of refugees