EU enlargement: Albania advances, Turkey backslides

EU Observer obtained a copy of the EU’s annual enlargement progress report that is due to be released Tuesday. In the report, the European Commission recommends that Brussels begin membership talks with Albania and Macedonia. This is the first year Brussels is recommending the start of accession talks with Albania. Brussels has been saying in its report since 2009 that membership talks should begin with Macedonia, but Greece has vetoed the proposal over the name dispute. However, Skopje and Athens are now reportedly close to finding a resolution to the name issue. Meanwhile, Turkey, is still technically in the process of negotiating EU membership, but Ankara is seen as not respecting rule of law and fundamental rights and freedoms.


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