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EU fails to agree on talks with Albania, North Macedonia

European Union ministers failed on Tuesday to reach a consensus on whether to open membership talks with Albania and North Macedonia, amid stiff opposition to the move from France.
"It was not a moment of glory for Europe," Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn told reporters in Luxembourg after taking part in a meeting of European affairs ministers.

Kosovo ISIS Women and Children ‘Escape Syria Camps’

Bedri Elezi, director for security studies at the Kosovo Institute for International Studies, who has been helping to repatriate ethnic Albanian relatives of so-called Islamic State fighters from the Middle East conflict zone, told BIRN on Tuesday that around 25 women and children have escaped from the Al-Hawl and Ein Issa camps in northern Syria.

France holds firm against EU talks with Balkan hopefuls

France stuck to its hard line against European Union membership talks for North Macedonia and Albania on Tuesday, setting up a showdown between French President Emmanuel Macron and fellow EU leaders later this week in Brussels.

Venice Commission Queries Albanian Move to Impeach President

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama speaking at his party headquarters on 30 June 2019. Photo: Gent Shkullaku/LSA

The Commission statement came after the final report of the Commission, expected to be published on Monday, was partially leaked to the Albanian media.

Intellectuals Condemn Bulgaria’s ‘Unacceptable’ Demands of North Macedonia

Historians, political science experts, clerics, journalists, sociologists, economists and other prominent intellectuals from Bulgaria and North Macedonia have expressed "disappointment and deep concern" about the document issued by the Bulgarian government listing its various demands of North Macedonia.

Balkan Insight’s Week in Pictures

Kinetic 07, the first electric sports car from the Bulgarian company 'Kinetic automotive' during its offical presentation in the Bulgarian capital of Sofia​ on October 10. Photo: EPA-EFE/Vassil Donev.

"Meetings on the Kosovo issue tough, but never to this extent" VIDEO

Speaking to the Prva TV, Vasiljevic said that Vucic and Special US Envoy for the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue spoke alone for the first ten minutes, after which the head of Serbia's Government Office for Kosovo and Metohija, Marko Djuric, joined the meeting.

National Assembly Adopts Declaration on EU Accession of Northern Macedonia and Albania

Parliament has adopted a statement supporting Northern Macedonia and Albania to open EU accession talks. Deputies approved the Cabinet's Framework Position, which sets out a number of conditions for both countries.

Parliament adopted the statement by 129 votes in favor, 4 against, one abstaining. 

Netherlands Welcomes EU Talks With North Macedonia, not Albania

Parliament in The Netherlands, one of the most sceptical countries on EU enlargement, on Tuesday supported opening accession talks with North Macedonia but sounded a much more critical tone on Albania.

Kurti does not give up "Greater Albania"

According to the first Central Election Commission's preliminary results, Kurti received the strongest support from the citizens of Kosovo and Metohija in the last snap elections.
"National unity of Albanians cannot happen within the European Union," Kurti said in an interview with KTV, the first since declaring an election victory.

PSD's Dancila: European integration of Western Balkan countries will strengthen the European Union

The European integration of the Western Balkan countries will strengthen the European Union and consolidate peace, solidarity, prosperity in the Balkan region, Prime Minister and Chairperson of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) Viorica Dancila stated at the signing event of the Joint Declaration on the integration of the Western Balkans countries in the EU.

Admitting Western Balkans is an EU priority

The enlargement of the European Union into the Western Balkans is one of his priorities, the EU's incoming foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell, said on Monday.

Borissov: Bulgaria Supports Northern Macedonia for EU, NATO Membership

Bulgaria supports Northern Macedonia for its EU and NATO membership. Prime Minister Boyko Borissov said at a traditional business breakfast with the American Chamber of Commerce. Borissov also said that US companies, including Belene NPP, are participating in the country's gas projects.