EU fails to launch membership talks with Balkans hopefuls

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European Union leaders failed Friday to agree on launching membership negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia in an embarrassing climb-down that could risk inflaming the volatile Balkans region. The two countries had expected to receive a green light to begin negotiations on joining the European club, a process which could take several years. The European Commission, which supervises entry talks, insists that both have met all the criteria for admittance. EU leaders had promised a final decision by the end of October. For now, a decision is unlikely until May 2020 at the earliest. French President...

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