EU members should open talks with Bosnia on joining, executive branch says

[Jean-Francois Badias/AP]

The European Union's executive arm will recommend that member countries open accession negotiations with Bosnia-Herzegovina, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said Tuesday, despite lingering ethnic divisions in the Western Balkan country.

Bosnia-Herzegovina is among six nations from the region - alongside Albania, Serbia, Kosovo, Montenegro and North Macedonia - who are at different stages of the EU accession process following a period of wars and crises in the 1990s.

Their memberships have been stalled for years. But after Russia's war on Ukraine, EU officials are more keen on trying to lure them away from the Kremlin's influence.

"We have realized that it is not enough to just wait for the Western Balkans to move closer to us," von der Leyen told EU lawmakers on Tuesday. "It is not enough to say that the door is open. We must also take...

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