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ForMin Melescanu, at CAE meeting in Luxembourg; stage of progress in files on security and defence on ministers' agenda

Head of the Romanian diplomacy Teodor Melescanu will participate on Monday in the meeting of the Foreign Affairs Council (CAE) to be held in Luxembourg, where the EU member states' Foreign ministers will have a joint working session with the Ministers of Defence, on which occasion they will assess the stage of progress in security and defence.

French, Dutch skeptical over FYROM, Albania EU talks

France and the Netherlands are likely to resist the opening of European Union accession negotiations with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and reject the candidacy of Albania at the Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels on Monday and Tuesday and the EU summit on Thursday and Friday.

The Netherlands Gave the Green Light for Macedonia's Talks with the EU, but are Expected to Veto Negotiations with Albania

The Hague, 22 June 2018 (MIA) - The Dutch parliament blocked on Thursday (21 June) the opening of EU accession negotiations with Albania. The EU summit will decide on 28-29 June whether to open negotiations with Macedonia and Albania. All decisions concerning the EU accession process are decided at the EU level with unanimity, which means that any member country can block the process.

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The leftist-led government appears to be working on a swift settlement of Greece's pending bilateral differences with neighboring Albania, as both sides are reported to be aiming for a comprehensive agreement on a string of issued before the end of the month.

Zaev "hopes Macron's heart will soften"

When asked about France's reluctance to set a date for this, Zaev told reporters on Friday that he hopes the steps taken by Macedonia will convince all those who still have reservations concerning EU enlargement.

Serbian PM receives Liberia's FM

During the conversation, Brnabic said that Liberia's decision to withdraw its recognition of Kosovo represented "confirmation that Serbias efforts to preserve stability of the region and reach a compromise solution through dialogue have been recognized."

EU Denies Wanting Albania to Host Rescued Refugees

In a response to a query from BIRN, it answered: "No. The regions are not yet identified as we are only talking about possibly exploring this concept," asked whether plans exist to create the so-called "Regional Disembarkation Platforms" in Albania.

Dutch vote to veto opening EU accession talks with Albania

The Netherlands made the move ahead of an EU summit on June 28-29 June that should decide on opening negotiations with Skopje and Tirana.

But opening negotiations with Albania is "unlikely" after a large majority in the Dutch parliament voted against, including MPs from Dutch PM's party, over "serious concerns about combating corruption," the report said.

Man riddled with bullets in Belgrade drive-by

According to eyewitnesses, his car was shot at seven or eight times from another vehicle, a BMW that had fake license plates and was found set on fire shortly after the incident.

The victim lived nearby, while one of the neighbors told Prva TV that he had spent several years in jail and had a wife and child.

Athens, Tirana seeking to resolve bilateral issues

Greece and Albania are heading for an agreement in the coming days to resolve their pending bilateral differences.

According to reports, both sides are looking to clinch a deal before the June 25 European Summit of foreign ministers.

Turkish Exports to Balkan Countries Rise Rapidly

Turkish exports to Balkan countries rose by 22 per cent in the first five month of this year and earned the country almost 4 billion US dollars .

The data from Turkey's Exporters' Assembly, TIM, were collected by Turkey's state news agency Anadolu and reported on June 16.

French obstacle in FYROM's path towards the EU

The agreement between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) to resolve the name dispute has sparked intense debates, not only in Athens and Skopje, but also in other countries of the European Union.

Migrant Boat Capsizes on Bosnia-Serbia Border

A boat carrying ten illegal migrants turned over in the river on the border between Serbia and Bosnia near the village of Tabanci, near the eastern Bosnian town of Zvornik.

Police in Bosnia's mainly Serbian entity, Republika Srpska, RS, said no one was injured.

Macedonia Deal Heightens Pressure on Serbia, Kosovo - Experts

Diplomatic and Balkan experts say the announced solution to the Macedonia-Greece "name" dispute will add to the pressure on the leaders of Serbia and Kosovo to finally solve their own dispute over the former Serbian province's status and future.