The EU has called an emergency summit with Balkan leaders to talk about the growing migration crisis. Thousands of people are stuck in bottlenecks along borders in the Balkans. To add to the misery, a fire broke out at a makeshift camp in Slovenia.
They style themselves as stable and safe countries at every opportunity; nevertheless, they have yet to be admitted to the Schengen Area. Romania and Bulgaria, it seems, will remain the European Union's problem children.
The European Commission wants to expand its footprint in the western Balkans. Brussels hopes to add countries from the region to the bloc by 2025, but there are still a number of obstacles on the path to accession.
Reporters Without Borders warns that press freedom is in jeopardy in Croatia. Many journalists are being threatened. Two of them spoke to DW about their experiences in the country.
Refugees continue to cross the Balkan route into Europe that the EU-Turkey deal was meant to cut off. Smugglers show the way. Marianna Karakoulaki and Dimitris Tosidis report from Chios, Thessaloniki, Belgrade and Sid.
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