North Macedonia's ambition to start EU membership talks has been stymied by Sofia over long-running disputes, but a change in stance of some Bulgarian opposition forces may resolve the issue.
The move could open up a years-long path toward Ukraine joining the bloc which
requires unanimous approval from all existing EU member nations.
The EU has a new project on track for summer that expands bloc benefits to and deepens cooperation with neighbouring countries hoping to join the union, such as Ukraine.
No breakthrough at the EU meeting with leaders of Albania, Bosnia, Serbia, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Kosovo on the tortuous path towards bloc's membership.
Slovenia will encourage dialogue between the EU and Turkey during its mandate as president of the Council of the European Union, the country's Foreign Minister Anze Logar says after a meeting with his Turkish counterpart.
Turkish President Erdogan speaks with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and European Council head Charles Michel seeking to better ties.
UN and EU will be part of talks over divided island of Cyprus in New York, Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu says, hailing EU's efforts to improve ties with Ankara.
President Erdogan says he wants to improve ties with EU and is hoping for same "goodwill" from 27-nation bloc. Separately, FM Cavusoglu calls for EU accession reforms, saying "Turkey is in Europe, and Europe is part of our destiny."
Turkey has fulfilled all 72 requirements set by the EU to secure visa-free travel for Turkish citizens to the 28-nation bloc, says Turkey's presidential spokesperson Ibrahim Kalin.
Balkan countries could join the EU in 2025, but only if they resolve all outstanding border disputes, European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker says.
EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini says accession talks with Turkey have not been halted as Germany and France call for renewed ties with Ankara.
The Commission will now send a questionnaire to Bosnia seeking thousands of answers about its suitability to join the EU, including its economy, the state of democracy, the rule of law and human rights.
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