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Matthew Palmer: "Mini Schengen has US support" VIDEO

"The European perspective of the Western Balkans, which has been the basis of US engagement in the region for more than 20 years, has not changed and will not change", Matthew Palmer, US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and US Special Representative for the Western Balkans said.

PM Borissov: Reconciliation and Regional Cooperation Are Key to European Integration of the Western Balkans

Reconciliation, regional cooperation and maintaining good neighbourly relations are key factors for the European integration of the Western Balkans, Prime Minister Boyko Borissov said in his speech at the leaders meeting within the Strategic Dialogue for the Western Balkans, hosted by the World Economic Forum in Geneva, the government press office reported.

Bosnia Demands Explanation for Macron’s ‘Time-Bomb’ Remark

A member of Bosnia's state presidency said he would summon the French ambassador seeking an explanation, after French President Emmanuel Macron in an interview called Bosnia a "ticking time bomb" in the Balkans.

Week in Review: Testing Realities and Hot Potatoes

Self-Harm

Was the European Council's decision not to open accession negotiations with the EU an act of historic self-harm? This is the argument made in one comment piece for Balkan Insight, originally published as part of BIRN's Western Balkans Stability Monitor.

Bulgaria and Luxembourg to Work Together to Support European Integration of the Republic of Northern Macedonia and Albania

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ekaterina Zaharieva and Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Affairs and Minister of Immigration and Asylum Jean Asselborn agreed on Bulgaria and Luxembourg to work together on the European perspective of the Western Balkan countries after the lack of a decision for the start of the negotiations with the Republic Northern Macedonia and A

Johannes Hahn had no answer to one question

In his report to the European Parliament on the Western Balkans, the Commissioner for Accession Negotiations, Johannes Hahn, said that the prospect of EU accession was the biggest impetus for reforms and processes in the region, and when it came to Serbia, he said that the idea of an agreement with Kosovo would only make sense if there is a prospect of joining the EU.

Kosovo’s Demographic Destiny Looks Eerily Familiar

This is the latest in a series of articles about the demographic crisis facing Central and Southeast Europe.

See also: Bye-Bye, Balkans: A Region in Critical Demographic Decline

EU Parliament head urges for Balkan membership talks

The head of the European Parliament says there is still hope for Balkan countries to join the European Union, and urged for membership talks to open soon with North Macedonia and Albania.

North Macedonia President to Discuss EU Accession with Macron

President Stevo Pendarovski will meet his counterpart Emmanuel Macron on the sidelines of next week's Paris Peace Forum in an attempt to convince the French President that North Macedonia deserves a start date for EU accession negotiations, it was announced on Tuesday.

The promises have been broken, and what Zaev and Rama are afraid of becomes realistic

Zoran Zaev, prime minister of North Macedonia, said in an interview that he feared a return to his ethnically divided country's "bad past", including a narrowly averted civil war in 2001. Edi Rama, prime minister of Albania, said in a separate interview that his country risked becoming "collateral damage" from the EU's divisions over enlargement, "Financial Times" reports.

US envoy calls EU decision on Balkans 'historic mistake'

A US envoy for the Western Balkans on Monday described European Union's decision not to open membership talks with North Macedonia and Albania as a "historic mistake" that sends a bad message to the region.

Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Matthew Palmer said the US will do all it can to persuade the EU to reverse the decision before a planned leaders' meeting in May in Croatia.

Blocking Enlargement Is an Act of European Self-Harm

When it comes to Albania, many EU member states besides France had reservations about whether the country should be granted a date for opening accession negotiations, including Denmark and the Netherlands.

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