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Entertainment EU Enlargement: Angela Merkel pleads for the Balkans in Serbia

10:55  14 september  2021
10:55  14 september  2021 Source:   fr.euronews.com

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in Serbia, German Chancellor, Angela Merkel pleaded for the integration of the Balkan countries into the European Union to counter the growing influence of Russia and from China in this region. View on Euronews

La chancelière allemande Angela Merkel et le président serbe Aleksandar Vučić à Belgrade, 13 septembre 2021 © Marko Drobnjakovic / Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić in Belgrade, September 13, 2021

in Serbia Monday, in Albania today for one of his last trips abroad before leaving the German Chancellery, Angela Merkel pleaded for the integration of the Balkans into the European Union. It is in the interest of the EU says in the face of the growing influence of other powers like Russia and China in the region:

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"We, Europeans, who are already members of the European Union, should always keep in mind that it there is a geostrategic interest absolutely Read for us to actually accept these countries in the European Union. We can see that there are coulles and there is also the influence of many other parts of the world (in the Western Balkans, NDLR) _._ "

Angela Merkel urged Serbia to do "new steps towards the state of law, democracy, plurality of society" and finding a negotiated solution with Kosovo.

after Belgrade, Angela Merkel must meet this Day, in Tirana, the leaders of six countries in the area, Albania, Bosnia, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Kosovo and Serbia, which are at various stages of the process of bringing together Europeans.

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Enlargement: the Western Balkans gathered in Brussels for an informal meeting Balkans: the enlargement of the EU despite everything? Enlargement of the EU: Bulgaria Barre to North Macedonia An EU Macedonia In two stages for Tirana and Skopje

Serbia and Montenegro opened the negot Membership Iations Here are years. In March 2020, the European Union gave its green light to the opening of negotiations with North Macedonia and Albania, but these have not started. Bosnia and Kosovo do not have the status of candidates yet.

Angela Merkel also pleaded for more progress in the construction of a common economic market in the Balkans, a process engaged by Serbia, Albania and North Macedonia.

Slovenia, which ensures the rotating presidency of the European Union, prepares a summit with the countries of the region for October, with the objective of reviving enlargement.

Progress stalls on EU entry for Western Balkans nations .
BRUSSELS (AP) — As European Union leaders gather for a summit on how to keep engaging with their Western Balkans neighbors, the bloc’s once-successful enlargement policy faces an impasse. The European Commission made repeated promises that the future of six countries in the region lies within the 27-nation bloc. But progress has stalled on admitting Albania, Bosnia, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia amid divisions among member countries and some bilateral issues. Nationalist populism has risen in Hungary and Poland, undermining unity.

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