Europe EU seeks to expand to six Balkan states with new reforms, Commissioner...

EU seeks to expand to six Balkan states with new reforms, Commissioner says

Image result for EU enlargement commissioner Oliver Varhelyi"
EU enlargement commissioner Oliver Varhelyi.

The European Union’s goal remains to expand to the six Balkan countries of Serbia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Albania, Bosnia and North Macedonia, new EU enlargement commissioner Oliver Varhelyi said on Wednesday, after France vetoed membership bids in 2019.

Unveiling a new methodology at Paris’ request to admit new members, Varhelyi said enlargement was “geo-strategic”, a reference to a view in the EU that the bloc cannot stem its waning global influence without stability in the Balkans.

“We continue to have full enlargement a goal,” Varhelyi told a news conference after publishing the reforms, which were reported on Tuesday.

Previous articleIMF and Argentina hold ‘constructive’ debt talks at Vatican
Next articleDraft U.N. resolution condemns Israeli annexation in Trump peace plan