Who Would Really Benefit From a Freeze on EU Enlargement in the Balkans?

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Polish President Andrzej Duda, left, and Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki at a summit meeting between leaders from the EU and Western Balkan states, in Poznan, Poland, July 5, 2019 (AP photo by Czarek Sokolowski).
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Polish President Andrzej Duda, left, and Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki at a summit meeting between leaders from the EU and Western Balkan states, in Poznan, Poland, July 5, 2019 (AP photo by Czarek Sokolowski).
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French President Emmanuel Macron left a recent EU leaders’ summit in Brussels frustrated after his fellow heads of state failed to come to an agreement on who should be appointed to the top posts in the European Commission. Following the unsuccessful all-night negotiations, Macron took a swipe at his colleagues by voicing his opposition to further enlargement of the European Union. “I am more than skeptical toward those who say that the future of Europe lies in further enlargement, when we can’t find agreement between 28 nations,” Macron told reporters. “I will refuse all forms of enlargement before deep reform […]

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