EU ap­proves new mem­ber­ship talks

Richmond Times-Dispatch - - NATION & WORLD -

BRUS­SELS — Euro­pean Union lead­ers gave Al­ba­nia and North Mace­do­nia the green light Thurs­day to be­gin EU mem­ber­ship talks, end­ing a long se­ries of set­backs and dis­ap­point­ments for the two Balkans nations’ quest to join.

No date was set for the start of the mem­ber­ship ne­go­ti­a­tions, which can take sev­eral years.

Al­ba­nia and North Mace­do­nia were meant to be­gin ac­ces­sion talks last year, but French Pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron blocked the move and said he would con­tinue to do so un­til the process for al­low­ing coun­tries into the 27-na­tion bloc had been re­formed. The Euro­pean Com­mis­sion later re­vised the ac­ces­sion process.

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