Scholz seeks to revive Western Balkans EU membership hopes

by Cristian Florescu

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz called for Western Balkan countries’ efforts to join the EU to be accelerated amid a “new era” in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The Social Democrat chancellor promised to help advance their aspirations “with all the force” available to him at a press conference with his Albanian counterpart Edi Rama in Berlin.

“My impression is that we are living in a new era and it also has to do with the Russian aggression” in Ukraine, he said.

The need to seek common positions within the EU has been reinforced, he said, and that is why “the moment is favourable for the advancement” of the Western Balkans’ accession process, he added.

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