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Joining the club – or not? Balkan states seek a 'European perspective'

TALKING EUROPE
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Today we’re looking outside of the European Union to a region that's experienced war, major political upheaval and economic change in the last 30 years: the Western Balkans. We're talking about Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia. One of these countries - Croatia - is already a European Union member; the others are all at various stages of trying to join. There’s been a knockback, though: Albania and North Macedonia had been expecting to get the green light for the formal accession process to begin in 2019 but have been told they'll have to wait.

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We ask our panel of MEPs: how ready are these countries – and the EU – to start the joining process? What happens if the EU drags its heels for too long?

A programme presented by Catherine Nicholson

Produced by Isabelle Romero and Mathilde Bénézet

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