EU sends mixed message to Western Balkan membership hopefuls

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EU division about welcoming new members from the Western Balkans into the bloc resulted in mixed messages at a summit in Slovenia, with promises once again of cash, but no quick accession prospects. Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia would all like to join the prosperous bloc – doing so would grant them access to the single market and freedom of movement – but did not get an indication of concrete progress on Wednesday. With the 27 EU leaders meeting the heads of the six membership hopefuls, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen called for …

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