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Top German diplomat Annalena Baerbock said that the EU had to follow through with its promises to countries like Albania and North Macedonia, or else Russia and China would move to draw them away from the bloc.
The leaders of Albania, Serbia and North Macedonia have criticized the slow progress on their EU membership bids — largely because Bulgaria is blocking them.
Although EU candidacy for Ukraine and Moldova has been hailed as historic, frustrations among other candidates years into their own membership bids should serve as a reminder that the path ahead won't be easy.
Kosovo said it plans to formally apply to join the EU by the end of this year. It's membership bid would face major stumbling blocks, as five EU countries do not recognize Kosovo as an independent state.
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