Jean-Claude Juncker: “Patriotism is not oriented against others but it’s about the love you have for your own country. There is nothing wrong with that. Nationalism is oriented against others. The fight against corruption which is of paramount importance, the fight against organised crime which is of huge importance, has nothing to do with patriotism. What we are asking from our partners in the region is to take this commitment seriously, it’s not a lip service. They have to do it and they will do it and if they are not doing it, the door will be closed.” … [Read more...] about Jean-Claude Juncker and EU ‘enlargement fatigue’
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SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — A senior U.S. State Department official has voiced backing for North Macedonia's bid to open accession talks with the European Union, but urged the country to implement necessary judicial reforms. … [Read more...] about US official backs North Macedonia’s EU bid, urges reforms
"The European Union is still the safest and the best option for the Balkans," said Latal, "but the big question is whether realistically the enlargement is still on the table or not, and when I’m talking about realistic terms it means something that can be, not only something that can be achieved within 10 to 15 years but also something that will bring concrete consequences like projects, investments, job opportunities immediately." … [Read more...] about EU-Western Balkans summit: Is enlargement in sight?
“I believe the issue of a real enlargement perspective will have to be opened very soon – whether we, the countries of the Western Balkans and the EU, are privileged partners or we are going back to the position of neighbours who (merely) share concern about the future of our common continent,” he said. … [Read more...] about Short-sighted policies stall Balkans’ integration into EU
"I am talking about not just reforms but credible ones. Bringing the benefits of the accession process to the people throughout the process rather than at the end," Füle told journalists at a Western Balkans conference in Vienna. … [Read more...] about EU commissioner seeks Balkans reforms