Tuesday, 20 August 2019
Jakarta
--:--
Tokyo
--:--
Hongkong
--:--
New York
--:--
Western Balkan Nations Press EU Aspirations at Poland Summit
Friday, 5 July 2019 11:02 WIB | GLOBAL |Global

Government ministers from some European Union nations sought Thursday to reassure their partners in the Western Balkans during a meeting in Poland that their aspirations to join the EU have full backing in the club, despite symptoms of a loss of momentum.

German Minister of State for Europe, Michael Roth, said Berlin stands firmly by the accession process of all Western Balkans nations "because for us the Western Balkans is not the backyard of the European Union, but the inner courtyard. We are all responsible for ensuring that the prospect of EU accession remains concrete."

Speaking in the Polish city of Poznan, which is hosting the meeting, Roth urged much more effort in that direction and the opening of accession negotiations with North Macedonia and Albania.

Foreign, interior and economy ministers from membership candidates Montenegro, Serbia, North Macedonia and Albania, as well as potential candidates Bosnia and Kosovo, are seeking such reassurance after some European leaders raised doubts about the EU's openness to expanding.

Roth said Thursday that "only a concrete perspective that is credible and that motivates the people locally, that involves civil society, will ultimately make the necessary reforms possible" and will pave the accession road.

He said the process will stimulate development in various walks of life in the region, but that above all "it is also about regional cooperation and reconciliation," like in the case of difficult dialogue between Serbia and Kosovo, whose relations are marked by bloodshed.

Source : VOA

RELATED NEWS
US Tests 1st Ground Missile Previously Banned in Dissolved Arms Treaty...
Tuesday, 20 August 2019 13:17 WIB

The Pentagon says the U.S. military has tested a ground-based cruise missile with a range that would have been banned just three weeks ago. The missile, launched Sunday at San Nicolas Island, Californ...

Hong Kong Residents Protest Peacefully in Latest Push for Reforms...
Monday, 19 August 2019 23:29 WIB

Tens of thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators marched peacefully through the streets of Hong Kong on Sunday, the 11th weekend in a row of anti-government protests. The Civil Human Rights Front, th...

Trump Economic Adviser Dismisses Fears of Looming Recession...
Monday, 19 August 2019 18:22 WIB

President Donald Trump's top economic adviser is playing down fears of a looming recession after last week's sharp drop in the financial markets and predicting the economy will perform well in the sec...

Confiscated Iranian Tanker, Leave Gibraltar...
Monday, 19 August 2019 11:24 WIB

An Iranian tanker left Gibraltar on Sunday (8/18), after agreeing there refused to attempt to detain him, but it was not clear where the ship was headed. Data on surveillance of tanker sea traffic mo...

North Korea Fires More Weapons; Criticizes South Korea...
Friday, 16 August 2019 23:54 WIB

North Korea has launched a fresh round of short-range weapons into the sea off its east coast, South Korea™s military reported - Pyongyang™s latest apparent outburst of anger at continued U.S.-Sou...

LATEST NEWS
US futures point to a slightly higher open

U.S. stock index futures were slightly higher on Tuesday morning. At around 04:40 a.m. ET, Dow futures rose 36 points, indicating a positive open of more than 22 points. Futures on the S&P and Nasdaq were both slightly higher. Wall Street...

Hong Kong stocks end with losses

Hong Kong shares ended slightly lower on Tuesday after a four-day rally, with profit-taking offsetting fresh hopes for China-US trade talks. The Hang Seng Index slipped 0.23 per cent, or 60.30 points, to 26,231.54. The benchmark Shanghai...

Euro Tests Lows Ahead of Expected No-Confidence Vote in Italy

The dollar was little changed in early trading in Europe Wednesday but starting to build momentum against the euro at the start of a day where politics is likely to dominate economics. The euro was at $1.1079 by 3:30 AM ET (07:30 GMT) and looking...

POPULAR NEWS
Gold Drops 2nd Day on Rising Stocks, Trade Comments
Monday, 19 August 2019 09:39 WIB

Gold declined for a second day as investors favored riskier assets and weighed President Donald Trump™s comments on trade talks with...

Gold ends lower as stock-market rebound dulls haven shine
Tuesday, 20 August 2019 02:20 WIB

Gold futures lost ground Monday, ending lower as renewed optimism on the trade front and talk of stimulus by global policy makers dulls investor...

Hong Kong stocks end with big gains (Review)
Tuesday, 20 August 2019 03:55 WIB

Hong Kong shares jumped more than two percent Monday following a healthy lead from Wall Street with investors cheered by positive comments on trade...

Gold prices dip as equities gain, dollar strengthens
Monday, 19 August 2019 15:42 WIB

Gold prices slipped on Monday due to a stronger U.S. dollar and a recovery in equities, as hints of more stimulus from major central banks around...