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The Balkans dangle on the periphery of Europe
With French President Emmanuel Macron on a mission to reform the EU before allowing membership for Balkans states, the southeastern European region remains both divided and politically isolated. Russia has been making inroads, especially in Serbia, which sees an opening to spoil some of the progress toward Euroatlanticism that the region has already made. The longer the EU keeps the Balkans from integrating, the greater the chances they fall into Moscow’s orbit.