EU's Juncker - West Balkans need EU perspective to prevent risk of new wars

EU's Juncker - West Balkans need EU perspective to prevent risk of new wars

The European Union needs to open up to accepting new members from the Western Balkans to avoid the risk of a new war in the region, the head of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker told the European Parliament on Tuesday.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker attends a debate on the Future of Europe at the E
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker attends a debate on the Future of Europe at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, April 17, 2018. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler

STRASBOURG: The European Union needs to open up to accepting new members from the Western Balkans to avoid the risk of a new war in the region, the head of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker told the European Parliament on Tuesday.

"If we do not open up to countries in that highly complicated an tragic region, and if we do not open up a European perspective to them, we will see war returning to that area as we saw in the 1990s," Juncker said.

"I do not want to see war retuning to the Balkans and so we need to open up to them," he said.

(Reporting By Alastair Macdonald, writing by Jan Strupczewski; editing by Robert-Jan Bartunek)

Source: Reuters

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