Prime Minister Zoran Zaev had staked his political career on Skopje securing a date for the start of accession talks at the October EU summit, but France held out against further enlargement of the bloc.
Fears among EU officials postponing the decision on membership talks yet again will increase Russian, Turkish and Chinese influence in the fragile Western Balkans region.
Plans to enable passport-free travel across the three countries by end-2021 in an attempt to facilitate trade and make political relations more peaceful.
Growth has started slowing in most of the Western Balkans economies after an all too brief period of rapid economic acceleration, finds a new report from the World Bank.
Physical and verbal attacks on medical personnel at state-run healthcare facilities in North Macedonia have soared in the last two years as patients and their relatives turn on doctors over the system’s failings.
Montenegro, like most of the countries in the EU-aspiring region, derives a large share of its power from coal, but the decision to drop plans to build a new coal power plant is a sign countries in the region could be kicking the coal habit.
The incoming president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, took an unexpected decision of nominating Hungarian Laszlo Trocsanyi as commissioner for expansion as Hungary increases its influence in the region