The heads of 11 EU states and 3 non-EU states have agreed to cooperate to manage migrant flows across the Balkans. The EU has pledged to help set up 100,000 places in reception centers along the migrant route.
Jean-Claude Juncker is set to visit six western Balkans states hoping to join the EU. With a possible accession date named, the trip is aimed at encouraging progress towards Brussels' mandated reforms.
EU ministers are to discuss new security initiatives with the Western Balkans in what is seen as the first step toward EU accession. Brussels has said it hopes the Western Balkan states will join the bloc by 2025.
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is visiting six western Balkans states hoping to join the EU. He has told DW that the key to accession progress is focusing on substance over speed.
The European Commission president should be cautious on his western Balkans tour to discuss the prospects of six states joining the EU. Expanding the bloc too quickly would be a mistake, says DW's Zoran Arbutina.
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