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Balkans leaders discuss common market after EU snub

Ohrid - Albania, North Macedonia and Serbia discussed setting up a common market at a summit Sunday, weeks after the European Union snubbed bids by Skopje and Tirana to open membership talks.

Balkans suffering 'very high' air pollution

Belgrade - Health officials in Serbia warned on Sunday about the risks of "very high" levels of air pollution in Belgrade and several other cities, a problem also being experienced in neighbouring Bosnia and North Macedonia.

'It's the jungle': Bosnian migrant camp in crisis

Bihac - No running water, putrid portable toilets and surrounding woods littered with land mines -- these are the bleak conditions of a camp where hundreds of migrants brace for winter in Bosnia.

Handke's Nobel riles Balkans and authors

Belgrade - Austrian writer Peter Handke's Nobel literature prize win has irked the Balkans, while voices beyond the region spoke out against honouring an admirer of late Serbian strongman Slobodan Milosevic.

Pompeo warns of 'Russian bots' and 'Chinese bribes' in the Balkans

Ohrid - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned against the "malign" influence of Russian trolls and Chinese investment during a brief tour through the Western Balkans on Friday.

Germany, Poland urge EU opporunity for Western Balkan states

Poznan - Germany and Poland urged Friday that countries such as Albania and North Macedonia be given the opportunity to join the EU, despite reluctance from France, the Netherlands and other northern member states.

Serbia and Kosovo agree to resume talks after Macron, Merkel push

Berlin - Serbia and Kosovo have agreed at a summit in Berlin to resume talks, after the leaders of France and Germany warned the bitter foes that resolving their dispute was crucial to future ties with the European Union.

Macron and Merkel try to resurrect Serbia-Kosovo talks at Balkan summit

Berlin - European leaders will try to bring bitter foes Serbia and Kosovo back to the negotiating table at a regional summit in Berlin on Monday, hoping to reboot a dialogue over one of the Balkans' thorniest disputes.

Albanian PM: A 'lukewarm' EU is hurting the Balkans

Tirana - The Balkan countries are hurting from the stalled integration process with the European Union, where member states are growing weary of enlargement, Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama told AFP in an interview.

Painful gynaecology stories unleash #MeToo tide in the Balkans

Zagreb - A tide of #MeToo testimonies about painful gynaecological procedures and abusive medical staff is rippling across the Balkans, where women are breaking taboos in patriarchal societies to share their traumatic hospital experiences.

In the Balkans, winter cheer is darkened by a toxic smog

Sarajevo - Winter is here and coal is burning, enveloping the Balkans in a toxic smog and turning its cities into some of the most polluted on the planet.

Balkans deal on war missing an 'investment in peace'

Den Haag - Balkan countries will boost cooperation to identify victims of the 1990s wars, said the head of a group that helps trace missing people, describing it as a "big deal" in an era of growing nationalism around the world.

EU chief Juncker raises spectre of new Balkans war

Vienna - European Union Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker on Friday warned of a new war in the Balkans if Bosnia, Albania, Serbia, Macedonia, Montenegro and Kosovo do not feel the EU is serious about offering them future membership.

UK pledges funds for Balkans at London summit

London - With EU and Western Balkan leaders gathered in London for a summit aimed at boosting economic and security cooperation, Britain pledged increased funding to fight organised crime, drug trafficking and terrorism in the region.

Cash-strapped Bosnia struggles to cope with migrant influx

Bihac - Bosnia, one of Europe's poorest countries, is so ill-equipped to cope with a surging influx of refugees that aid workers here fear the tiny nation could be on the brink of a humanitarian crisis.

Migrants held in limbo after police dismantle Sarajevo camp

Sarajevo - Hundreds of migrants were left in limbo for hours Friday after Bosnian police dismantled a makeshift camp in Sarajevo but police in the south refused to let them reach a centre offering them accommodation.

Migrants held in limbo after police dismantle Sarajevo camp

Sarajevo - Hundreds of migrants were left in limbo Friday after Bosnian police dismantled a makeshift camp in Sarajevo but police in the south refused to let them reach a centre offering them accommodation.

Turkey presence gets mixed welcome in Balkans

Belgrade - In the cafes of Novi Pazar, a predominantly Muslim town in southern Serbia, Turkish football clubs Fenerbahce or Galatasaray stir more emotion than Belgrade's Red Star or Partizan.

EU reaches out to the Balkans

Sofia - European Union leaders anxious to counter Russian influence sought Thursday to reassure Balkan states about their long-promised membership prospects, but warned they would not be joining any time soon.

Bosnia helpless as migrants open new Balkan route

Bihac - A growing number of migrants are carving a new Balkan route through Bosnia to reach the European Union raising fears of a humanitarian and security crisis in the impoverished country.

Kosovo main 'hurdle' on Serbia's path to EU: President Vucic

Belgrade - Kosovo remains the major "hurdle" blocking Serbia's path to European Union membership, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said Monday, urging concessions from Pristina.

EU meets Balkan leaders under shadow of Trump

Apo - EU leaders will seek to boost ties with the Balkans at a summit next week, but it looks set to be overshadowed by the rift with US President Donald Trump over the Iran nuclear deal.

Albania, Macedonia backed for EU membership talks

Apo - The EU on Tuesday backed the opening of formal membership talks with Albania and Macedonia as the bloc looks to expand into the Balkans and grow for the first time in years.

EU backs opening Albania, Macedonia membership talks

Strasbourg - The European Commission on Tuesday backed the opening of formal membership talks with Albania and Macedonia as the EU looks to expand into the Balkans and grow for the first time in years.

Migrants take new Balkan route through Bosnia

Sarajevo - A new Balkan route through Bosnia has opened up for migrants, four years after a crisis in which more than one million people landed on Europe's shores.

US accuses Russia of 'destructive role' in the Balkans

Pristina - A senior US official on Monday accused Russia of spreading disinformation and undermining democracy in the Balkans, warning that Moscow was playing an "increasingly destructive role" in the region.

EU opens door for Balkan states, but hurdles remain

Belgrade - The European Union has offered some of the six Balkan states who hope to join the bloc the prospect of becoming new members by 2025, but warned them they still have many obstacles to overcome.

West's attitude stoking tensions in Balkans: Lavrov

Belgrade - The West is stoking tensions in the Balkans despite Russia's pacific stance, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was quoted as saying Monday ahead of a visit to Serbia.

EU split over Balkan enlargement

Sofia - Deep splits emerged in the EU Thursday over membership plans for Balkan states, with some countries warning of growing Russian and Chinese influence in the region unless the bloc sped up the accession process.

EU split over Balkan enlargement

Sofia - Deep splits emerged in the EU Thursday over membership plans for Balkan states, with some countries warning Russia would take advantage unless the bloc sped up the accession process.
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