Greece’s neighbors and EU expansion

The foreign ministers of European Union candidate countries in the Western Balkans will meet in Greece's northern port city of Thessaloniki on Monday. The foreign ministers of EU members Croatia (which currently holds the bloc's rotating presidency), Romania and Bulgaria will also be present. Talks are set to focus on the prospects of six candidate countries - North Macedonia, Albania, Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kosovo - in the light of French President Emmanuel Macron's recent shift on the issue of EU expansion.

Satisfied about the fact that new Commission rules will include "conditionality" and "reversibility" in the enlargement process, Macron appeared willing to lift the veto and green-light talks with Skopje and Tirana, provided that the Commission gives a positive recommendation in March. After the informal meeting of European Council President Charles...

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