EU restates Balkans pledge, warns of Russia

European leaders reaffirmed their support for Western Balkan states joining the EU during a summit held in Italy on Wednesday. But the accession process is not going smoothly, with ethnic tensions bubbling and Russia sowing division in the region while the EU is losing popularity, EU Observer reports. At the summit, Bosnia refused to sign an EU-sponsored economic treaty between Western Balkan states, reportedly due to objections from Republika Srpska.


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