Frustration is growing among thousands of migrants trapped on the Greek border with Macedonia. Austria and several Balkan nations have imposed tough measures preventing them from moving northwards. UN secretary Ban Ki-Moon has criticized the move.
The first meeting of European Union and Western Balkans leaders in 15 years will not directly address EU membership. The "Sofia Declaration" no longer mentions accession and instead focuses on a "European perspective."
The far-right Alternative for Germany party has filed a complaint at the Constitutional Court against a change to Germany's migration policy. The party claims Chancellor Angela Merkel was wrong to bypass parliament.
Tensions in the Western Balkans can only be overcome if all countries in the region join the European Union, says enlargement chief Johannes Hahn. The EU's door should remain open for Turkey, he told DW.
"Anarchist autonomists" have clashed with riot police in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki. The protesters came from across the Balkans and were marching to protest nationalist attacks.
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