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.
US President Donald Trump will sign two trade agreements with Japan later on Monday, according to an official White House announcement.
Trump is scheduled to sign the pacts - a US-Japan trade agreement and a US-Japan digital trade agreement at 3:30 pm local time (10:30 pm Bulgarian time), the White House said.
European Parliament Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman and until recently a Rapporteur of this institution to Serbia David McAllister said for Radio Free Europe.
This is a clear message from European Commission to Serbia.
"Serbia can enter into agreements with other states or organizations prior to joining EU. However, in the perspective of negotiating accession, Serbia has pledged to withdraw from all bilateral trade agreements on the day of EU accession", the Commission said.
In the fall of 2016, both the Republican and Democratic candidates for the US presidency came out against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a huge trade deal that would have tied together economies comprising roughly 40 percent of global GDP. Donald Trump would go on to withdraw the US from TPP in his very first week in office. The "America First" era had officially begun.