EXPLAINER: Western Balkans’ promised EU future still hazy
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — European Union leaders will seek to offer support this week to six Western Balkan nations that have long been knocking at the bloc’s doors. Now, these countries also see the war in Ukraine raging not far from their borders, amid fears that Russia could turn its sights on their region. The two-day summit starting Thursday in Brussels is expected to approve the European Commission’s proposal to give Ukraine and Moldova candidate EU membership status, the beginning of a long process that the Western Balkan Six started years ago. The EC has repeatedly told Albania, Bosnia, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia that their future lies within the 27-nation bloc. But progress has stalled — for all sorts of reasons.