Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama gained EU candidate status for his country at the third attempt (photo: dpa)

Germany’s Angela Merkel takes initiative over Balkans’ membership

Germany is hosting the first of a series of annual conferences to help the Western Balkans join the European Union. EU countries have used their veto powers over the last 10 years to block any Balkan countries - apart from Croatia - from joining. The German initiative is a wake-up call for Europe to recognise the geopolitical importance of including Balkan countries in EU plans.

<i>German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s initiative to hold annual meetings between the European Union and the Western Balkans has returned the Balkans to the European agenda. The first meeting is on August 28, 2014, and is an annual support conference for the Balkan countries towards European integration. ...

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Professor Dr. Blerim Reka
Chancellor Merkel, as a credible European leader, understands that the EU-enlargement status quo in the Western Balkans can no longer continue
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