This decision taken by the commission's Directorate-General for European Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (NEAR) encountered backlash from the Turkish side.
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.
Delays in starting EU membership talks for Albania and North Macedonia, tensions between Serbia and Kosovo and a perception that the EU was slow to help its Balkan partners cope with Covid-19 fuel concern that they might turn toward Russia and China.
A few days ahead of International Women's Day, TRT World spoke to Agi Veres, a senior official at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), who has extensively worked on women empowerment and development.
Described as a Cold War casualty, Russia has been reasserting itself both politically and militarily. Experts argue that Moscow aims to reclaim its old glory.
France and Germany organised a Western Balkans summit in Berlin to restart deadlocked talks between Serbia and Kosovo.
Kosovo passed laws to build an army, asserting its statehood in a US-backed move that prompted outrage in Serbia, which does not recognise its former province's independence.
Kosovo's parliament has approved the formation of an army, a move that has angered Serbia which says it would threaten peace in the war-scarred region.
US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Matthew Palmer says that Macedonia could become the 30th member of NATO "as early as in 18 months from now."
Viktoria Marinova, a Bulgarian journalist who reported on an investigation into alleged corruption involving EU funds, was found dead in a park in the Danube town of Ruse.
European Union leaders and their counterparts from the six Western Balkan countries commenced talks in Sofia, Bulgaria on Thursday to discuss how to strengthen ties between the region and the bloc.
Negotiations between Macedonia and Greece continue, examining four possible options. Greece is also asking for an amendment of references to the 'Republic of Macedonia' in the national constitution.
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