# Balkan countries

Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks at a video conference with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic (on screen), alongside French President Macron, Prime Minister of Kosovo Hoti, EU foreign policy chief Borrell and EU special representative for the Serbia-Kosovo Talks Lajcak. Photo: Steffen Kugler/Bundesregierung/dpa
Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks at a vid […]

EU’s top diplomat urges ‘political courage’ in Kosovo-Serbia talks

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and Kosovan Prime Minister Avduallah Hoti were joined by the European Union's foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell alongside other European diplomats and political leaders in the hope of reaching a compromise solution and normalizing their relations on the long term.
Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon speaks to members of staff and contractors as she tours the NHS Louisa Jordan field hospital, set up at the Scottish Events Campus (SEC) in Glasgow on April 10, 2020, to potentially help with extra patients caused by the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. - The disease has struck at the heart of the British government, infected more than 60,000 people nationwide and killed over 8,000, with a daily death toll in England of 866 reported on April 10. (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN / POOL / AFP)
Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeo […]

Tensions mount as Scotland goes its own way on virus lockdown

First independence. Then Brexit. Now Scotland's handling of the coronavirus outbreak has stirred up fresh tensions with the UK government, despite an initial unified approach.
Ein Mann schaut bei einer Demonstration für ein «europäisches Mazedonien» vor dem anstehenden Referendum über die Namensänderung Mazedoniens durch einen Riss in einer Mazedonien-Fahne. Die Bürger müssen entscheiden, ob der offizielle Name ihres Landes von heute Mazedonien auf dann Nord-Mazedonien geändert werden soll. Ein entsprechendes Abkommen hatten Zaev und sein griechischer Kollege Tsipras erzielt. Die Namensänderung könnte den Weg zu einem Beitritt Mazedoniens zur EU und der NATO ebnen
Ein Mann schaut bei einer Demonstration […]

Von der Leyen wants to connect Balkan countries closely to EU

The term Western Balkans - an EU-creation - refers to Albania and those successor states of Yugoslavia which have not joined the EU yet.