Angela Merkel in Serbia: EU Has Strategic Interests to Integrate Balkan States into Bloc
It's in the European Union's strategic interests to integrate the Balkan states into the bloc, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday as she urged Serbia and other countries in the region to do more on democratic reforms in order to join, AP reported.
Vučić saw Merkel off: "Serbia is your second home. See you soon" PHOTO
She was escorted from the Belgrade airport by the President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vui.
A photo of Vui saying goodbye to Merkel was published on the Instagram profile of "buducnostsrbijeav".
Merkel and Vučić in the Palace of Serbia: An official meeting is underway
Vui has repeatedly expressed his gratitude to Merkel for everything she did for Serbia while she was the Chancellor of Germany.
According to Vui, Merkel has done a lot for Serbia, especially when it comes to German investments in the country. Vui repeated the same message in tonight's address.
Angela Merkel to Hold Last Meeting wih Balkan Leaders, Discuss EU Integration Process
German Chancellor Angela Merkel will visit Belgrade on Monday, where she will meet with Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić to discuss political and economic cooperation and the EU integration process.
Pahor holds bilateral meetings in Bled
Bled, 2 September – President Borut Pahor held a number of bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the Bled Strategic Forum (BSF) on Thursday, including with High Representative for Bosnia-Herzegovina Christian Schmidt. The pair talked about the situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Pahor’s office said.
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EU position is clear: No future without Serbia and the Balkans: We can't make mistake
As it is stated, that is the strategic interest of both sides.
European Commissioner for Enlargement Oliver Vrhelyi pointed out that the issue of enlargement is not only the geographical enlargement of the EU, but it is about ensuring political, economic and even security integration.
Belgrade’s ‘Serbian World’ Fantasies Jeopardise Balkan Cooperation
For their part, Marusic and Haddad are decidedly optimistic about the project's significance, writing: "Coming on the heels of the breakthrough Prespa agreement between North Macedonia and Greece, initiatives like Open Balkan signal that something important, and indeed healthy, is happening on the ground: Local leaders are taking ownership of their fate and showing creativity."
"People in the Balkans laugh even when we suffer, the Germans can't do that"
Participating in the Bled Strategic Forum, Albanian Prime Minister also criticized EU institutions for delays in enlargement.
"There is no future for Europe without the Western Balkans within the EU. If the EU continues like this, of course it will not be good for us, but it will be even worse for the EU," Rama said, as reported by the Kosovo Press.
Vučić: "If the Albanians decide to launch an offensive, we won't hesitate" VIDEO
European perspective of Serbia, our tasks, but also about the situation in Southeast Europe was being discussed.
"We have fulfilled the promise that we will raise the level of compliance with the foreign policy decisions of the European Union, from 46.28 we have raised it to over 62 percent," Vucic said.
Balkan Countries on EU Waiting List form Own Mini-Schengen
Witnessing the leaders of Serbia, Albania, and North Macedonia share a moment of collective jubilation is not something that happens every day, especially in a region known for its past rifts and differences.