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EU Enlargement Commissioner Oliver Varhelyi meets with Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama

Albania and North Macedonia face an uncertain start for EU accession

In December, Albania and North Macedonia are expected to formally start the process for EU accession negotiations. However, both countries face potential vetoes from member states that could keep the procedure from even beginning. If the Western Balkan states can get the ball rolling under the current German presidency of the EU, prospects for a successful conclusion are good. If not, it may mean another decade in wait.

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