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Milo Đukanović: The EU should not repeat its mistakes


President of the Democratic Party of Socialists (DPS) Milo Đukanović, at the opening of the Conference “Meeting the EU-Western Balkans Summit” organized by DPS along with the European Socialists Party (PES), claimed that the centuries-old interweaving of the great global powers in the Balkans threatens to endanger the countries in the region. Indeed, according to Đukanović, more EU in the Balkans means a faster level of integration and the EU needs to make stronger efforts to tackle problems beyond its borders.

On this premises, President of the PES Sergei Stanishev claimed that it was wrong. of President of the European Commission (EC) Jean-Claude Juncker, at the beginning of his term, to affirm that there would be no EU enlargement during his mandate. Indeed, according to Stanishev, without the Balkans, the enlargement process would not be complete. EU accession is not only a formal process, continued Stanishev, it is already a difficult process that requires mutual efforts and concrete solutions.

Merkel and Juncker’s telephone conversation about Catalan crisis


According to Reuters an EU official has affirmed that  there has been a call between Merkel and Junker, following a summit on relations between the EU and India, to discuss the current situation in Catalonia, according what might happen in this week. There is a great concern in Europe concerning the possible consequences of what is happening in Spain to Spanish economy (fourth in the euro zone). From Europe Spain and Catalonia have to achieve a political agreement.

Juncker: Turkey is taking giant strides away from EU


European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, in his annual keynote speech to the European Parliament on the state of the bloc, said that he saw no prospect of Turkey joining the EU “in the foreseeable future”, adding that “Turkey has been taking giant strides away from the European Union for some time”. “Accession candidates must give utmost priority to the rule of law, justice and fundamental rights. This rules out EU membership for Turkey for the foreseeable future”, he added. “Journalists belong in newsrooms not in prisons. They belong where freedom of expression reigns”, Juncker said. “Stop insulting our member states by comparing their leaders to fascists and Nazis”. Meanwhile, Juncker put a final stamp on the EU’s recently revived engagement in the Balkans, where Serbia, Albania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Kosovo all want to join the EU one day. With Britain now scheduled to exit the EU in 2019, Juncker said he foresaw no new enlargement of the bloc before 2020.

Western Balkans in EU? Not before 2019 – Juncker


The conditions for Western Balkan countries to join the EU membership will not be met before the end of the mandate of the current European Commission (EC). EC President Jean-Claude Juncker said this on Wednesday, during his “state of the union” address at the European Parliament. Beta is reporting that Juncker “stressed the EU will have more than 27 member states in the coming years”. But, he said, “the conditions for the entry of a new member from the Western Balkans into the EU will not be fulfilled before the end of the mandate of the current European Commission” – in 2019. “And each time for each new member state, the rule of law will have to be fully established and the fundamental values of the EU respected”, Junkcer pointed out, adding that this was “an absolute priority”. He made it clear that “this excludes Turkey’s entry into the EU for the time being”. So there could be a chance for Serbia to join the EU, but not before 2019.

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