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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.

EU tells Balkans to end disputes to join by 2025

Brussels - The European Union unveiled a new plan on Tuesday to give membership to some Balkan states by 2025 but said they must first resolve all border rows to join the bloc.

EU's Tusk warns against 'Game of Thrones' in Balkans

Sofia - EU chief Donald Tusk warned Thursday against a "game of thrones" in the Western Balkans, where Brussels is pushing for closer ties with countries that want to join the union.

Catalan referendum stirs up Balkan nationalists' hopes

Belgrade - Catalonia's drive to secede from Spain is rekindling dreams of independence in ethnic pockets across the Balkans, a potentially dangerous ambition in a region where nationalist violence claimed tens of thousands of lives in the 1990s.

Pence urges Balkans to turn west, away from Russian 'shadow'

Podgorica - US Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday lambasted Russia for trying to "destabilise" the Western Balkans as he declared the region's future was "in the West".

Pence declares future of Western Balkans 'in the West'

Podgorica - US Vice President Mike Pence said Wednesday that the future of the Western Balkans lay "in the West", on the last leg of a tour aimed at reassuring Eastern European allies worried by Russia.

Italy laments migrant burden, despite French and German pledges

Trieste - Italy's Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni criticised fellow EU nations on Wednesday for leaving his country to grapple with the migrant crisis, despite pledges made by France and Germany.

Balkans summit aims to lock region into EU fold

Trieste - Seven EU and six Western Balkan nations hold an annual summit Wednesday in Trieste, with leaders hoping to bolster security in one of the continent's more vulnerable flanks and forge closer ties.

Common language spells divisions in the Balkans

Sarajevo - Nicotine addicts in Bosnia are warned three times on their cigarette packets that "Pusenje ubija" ("Smoking kills") -- but this isn't an attempt to hammer home the health message.

Common language spells divisions in the Balkans

Sarajevo - Nicotine addicts in Bosnia are warned three times on their cigarette packets that "Pusenje ubija" ("Smoking kills") -- but this isn't an attempt to hammer home the health message.

Common language spells divisions in the Balkans

Sarajevo - Nicotine addicts in Bosnia are warned three times on their cigarette packets that "Pusenje ubija" ("Smoking kills") -- but this isn't an attempt to hammer home the health message.

Stirring up another Brexit may cause Balkans 'war,' Juncker tells US

London - European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has asked Donald Trump's administration not to encourage other EU-member countries to leave the bloc or "a new war" may break out in the Balkans.

Polluted air causing early deaths in fossil-fuelled Balkans

Tuzla - Stuck between a landfill and a coal-fired power plant, residents of the Bosnian village of Divkovici are dying of asphyxia, poisoned by some of the most polluted air in Europe.

Balkans becoming 'chessboard' for big powers: EU

Brussels - The EU warned Friday that the Western Balkans risk becoming a "chessboard" in a game between major powers, as Britain accused Russia of meddling in the region.
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