The European Union, fearing the political reaction of the countries-members, cannot agree anymore to provide the guarantee of future membership to six Balkan countries that were promised a place in the block as Reuters reported.
At the summit, the EU planned to repeat its promises made 18 years ago, on “unequivocal support for the European perspective of the Western Balkans”. According to the diplomats, the project has passed at least two rounds of talks without agreement.
The EU states do not disclose their positions, but wealthy northern countries such as Denmark, France and the Netherlands fear a repeat of the rushed accession of Romania and Bulgaria in 2007 and the poorly managed migration of eastern European workers to Britain that turned many British people against the EU.
Bulgaria opposes the accession of North Macedonia due to the language dispute.
It is noted that the EU also indirectly exacerbates tensions in the region with 20 million population, , because Balkan citizens dreamed of joining the EU after the ethnic wars of the 1990s as Yugoslavia disintegrated.
The states that supported the extension, including Austria, Italy, Croatia, Slovenia and the Baltic countries, accuse Germany and France for failing to press Bulgaria to lift its veto. Albania's progress has also been halted because it is tied to North Macedonia in the enlargement process.
Earlier, German Chancellor Angela Merkel called for Brussels to grant EU membership to the Balkan countries. This position was expressed by the head of the German government on September 13, at a joint press conference with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic in Belgrade.