How reconciliation can enlarge Europe

Source: Christian Science Monitor
by staff

“Leaders of the European Union say they want to ‘step up’ the EU’s role in the world. Some seek ‘strategic autonomy’ from the United States. Yet at a summit Wednesday, the 27-nation bloc will try to patch a big hole in its own efforts to create a unified Continent. It will again consider whether to admit six states in the western Balkans, perhaps within the next decade. That southeast corner of Europe remains a hotbed of ethnic and religious nationalism, or exactly why the EU was created after World War II. In a tour of the region last week, the president of the EU’s executive arm, Ursula von der Leyen, told local leaders the main reason for a delay in the promised membership — a promise made 18 years ago.” (10/05/21)