EU divided over Western Balkan enlargement

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EU foreign ministers disagreed over the integration of the Western Balkan on Thursday (15 February), after the European Commission had suggested last week that Serbia and Montenegro join the bloc by 2025.

Ministers meeting in Sofia discussed for the first time the EU executive’s strategyon the region, one which Federica Mogherini, the EU’s foreign relations chief, called a “top priority” for the bloc.

It its new policy, the commission warned that unresolved border issues need to be resolved before the countries could join the bloc. But the institution is determined to pull the region closer to the EU’s orbit, with fears over increasing Russian, Turkish and Chinese influence at Europe’s doorstep.

The front runners according to commission’s assessment are Serbia and Montenegro, while Albania, Bosnia, Kosovo and Macedonia could join later…

Read more : EUObserver, 16.02.2018