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Balkans: Geopolitical and cultural region of southeastern Europe
The Balkans BAWL-kənz, also known as the Balkan Peninsula, is a geographic area in Southeast Europe with various definitions and meanings, including geopolitical and historical. The region takes its name from the Balkan Mountains that stretch throughout the whole of Bulgaria from the Serbian–Bulgarian border to the Black Sea coast. The Balkan Peninsula is bordered by the Adriatic Sea on the northwest, the Ionian Sea on the southwest, the Aegean Sea in the south and southeast, and the Black Sea on the east and northeast. The northern border of the peninsula is variously defined. The highest point of the Balkans is Mount Musala, 2,925 metres (9,596 ft), in the Rila mountain range, Bulgaria.


EU's Tusk convinced not opening talks with Balkans would be 'grave mistake': official

A failure to agree to open EU membership negotiations with North Macedonia and Albania would be a "grave mistake," European Council President Donald Tusk believes, a senior EU official said on..
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Macron on course for clash with Merkel over EU talks with Balkan hopefuls

French President Emmanuel Macron was headed for a clash with German Chancellor Angela Merkel this week after Paris was isolated on Tuesday in opposing starting membership talks with North Macedonia.
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Videos for Balkans

Pompeo visit to Republic of North Macedonia seen as important sign of US Balkan re-engagement [Video]Pompeo visit to Republic of North Macedonia seen as important sign of US Balkan re-engagement

A former NATO spokesperson says the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s visit to North Macedonia is an important sign of re-engagement with the Balkan region.

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 02:55Published


France holds firm against EU talks with Balkan hopefuls

France stuck to its hard line against European Union membership talks for North Macedonia and Albania on Tuesday, setting up a showdown between French President Emmanuel Macron and fellow EU leaders..
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France says too early to hold talks with Balkans on EU membership

France considers it is too early to open talks with Balkan countries on accession to the European Union, a French presidency official said on Tuesday.
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France warns of 'endless soap opera' on EU membership talks with Balkans

France stuck to its hardline position against European Union membership talks for North Macedonia and Albania on Tuesday, warning it could not approve negotiations until the bloc reformed the "endless..
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Pompeo warns about Chinese influence in Balkans

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Montenegro and North Macedonia on Friday and warned Balkan leaders of possible risks from Chinese investment in technology and big infrastructure projects.
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Pompeo stops in Montenegro and North Macedonia to discuss NATO, no comment on Ukraine

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo began a short trip to two small Balkan countries, Montenegro and North Macedonia, on Friday to discuss their roles in the Western NATO alliance.
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Pompeo stops in Montenegro to discuss NATO, Russian interference

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo began short trips to two small Balkan countries, Montenegro and North Macedonia, on Friday to discuss their roles in the Western NATO alliance.
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EU's Tusk urges bloc to back talks with Balkan neighbors

The European Union's outgoing president, Donald Tusk, on Tuesday urged the bloc's members to back entry talks with North Macedonia and Albania, saying they had lived up to their tasks and Europe would..
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New U.S. Balkan envoy says restarting Serbia-Kosovo dialogue a priority

The new U.S. Special Envoy to the Western Balkans, Matthew Palmer, said on Tuesday a priority in his new role is restarting a dialogue between Serbia and Kosovo.
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African swine fever hits pig farm in northeast Bulgaria

Bulgaria reported on Saturday an outbreak of African swine fever at a breeding farm for pigs near the Danube city of Ruse in the north east of the Balkan country.
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Bulgaria detains suspect in cyber attack on its tax agency

Bulgarian police have detained a suspect in a hacking attack on the Balkan country's National Revenue Agency that led to the leak of personal and financial data of millions of people, an interior..
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EU Commission nominee hopes Britain would stay, open to Balkans

The nominee for the European Union's next chief executive said on Wednesday she hoped Britain would not quit the bloc and also urged EU governments to keep open a membership path for the Western..
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Short-sighted policies stall Balkans' integration into EU: Erdogan

Short-sighted anti-immigrant populism in some European Union member states has blocked the integration of Western Balkan countries into the EU, weakening the region's stability, Turkish President..
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Poland, Germany contradict Macron on EU Balkan enlargement

Poland and Germany on Friday called for continued progress on European Union membership talks for western Balkan states hoping to join the bloc, rejecting France's position that it shouldn't accept..
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Reforming EU won't block Balkan enlargement: Merkel

French President Emmanuel Macron's view that the European Union cannot admit more members until its governance mechanisms have become more efficient need not delay the accession of Balkan countries to..
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North Macedonia hosts its first Gay Pride march

North Macedonia held its first Gay Pride march on Saturday, in a test of the conservative Balkan country's record on respecting minority rights as it seeks to join the European Union.
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Macedonia on track for EU accession talks but not Albania: diplomats

North Macedonia is likely to win European Union support to start membership talks later this year, diplomats say, but its Balkan neighbor Albania faces opposition in France, Germany and the..
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Pope, invoking Mother Teresa, encourages North Macedonia's bid to join EU

Pope Francis on Tuesday implicitly blessed efforts by North Macedonia and other Balkan countries to join the European Union, saying Skopje could look to its most famous daughter, Mother Teresa, as a..
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Pope on sensitive trip to Orthodox Bulgaria and North Macedonia

Pope Francis starts a trip on Sunday to Bulgaria and North Macedonia where he will have to tread carefully because of sensitive relations with the dominant Eastern Orthodox Church in the two Balkan..
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Delays in Kosovo talks could destabilize Balkans, Serbia's president says

The failure to revive talks between Serbia and Kosovo on normalizing relations could destabilize the Western Balkan region still recovering from the wars of the 1990s, Serbian President Aleksandar..
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Ex-Bosnian Serb wartime leader Karadzic sentenced to life in prison

U.N. judges on Wednesday sentenced former Bosnian Serb political leader Radovan Karadzic to life in prison on appeal, ending one of the most momentous trials over genocide committed during the Balkan..
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Radovan Karadzic faces final verdict in war crimes case

United Nations appeals judges on Wednesday hand down a final verdict in the case of former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic, a key figure in the Balkan wars who is serving a 40-year prison sentence..
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Karadzic could be jailed for life in final Srebrenica appeal ruling

Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic will face U.N. appeals judges on Wednesday for a ruling that will end one of the highest profile legal battles stemming from the Balkan wars of the 1990s..
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