The Serbian prime minister calls it a new era. The country is formally kicking off membership talks with the European Union. However the road ahead is long and is peppered with problems, like relations to Kosovo.
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.
An armed conflict between Serbia and Kosovo is possible if their EU perspectives fade, a group of Balkan experts has said. But there are other more positive outcomes to ties between Belgrade and Pristina.
The recommendation to open membership talks with the Balkan nations comes amid waning enthusiasm for the bloc. The countries will be required to carry out sweeping reforms to secure their entry.
The EU and Mexico have agreed "in principle" to update their 18-year-old trade deal. The move sends a message to the US after President Donald Trump announced a series of protectionist trade measures.
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