The United States, the EU and Russia are battling for influence over peace negotiations between Kosovo and Serbia.
Pledging 3.3 billion euros, the EU has reasserted its commitment to the region. It comes amid fears that some states were aligning themselves with Russia and China.
"The EU is determined to further intensify its engagement at all levels to support the region's political, economic and social transformation," EU leaders said on Wednesday after a summit with Western Balkans countries.
Kosovans have suffered enough, said the country's prime minister, as he hit out at the possibility of a land-swap deal with Serbia
The cult festival has moved online after the coronavirus lockdown caused the physical event to be postponed.
Albania and North Macedonia have delivered “tangible” changes that pave the way for accession talks to join the European Union, the commissioner for enlargement said in an official report.
Euronews' Jack Parrock sat down with Kosovan PM Albin Kurti, who outlined his views on the Serbia roadmap, and how EU officials should have a pan-European perspective.
"The next train on platform one will arrive.... in four months' time."
Emmanuel Macron said on Saturday he is ready to lift French opposition to the opening of EU accession negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia.
It comes weeks after Belgrade and Pristina agreed to resume direct flights for the first time since the Kosovo War.
"Do your job," said Vučić. "You are sovereign states. Serbia is a sovereign state. We do everything that is for the best for our people and for our country.”
There have been no commercial flights between Kosovo and Serbia in 21 years and it takes over five hours overland from Belgrade to Pristina.
"We have to deliver and keep our promises," von der Leyen said — in contrast to France's Macron who opposed opening accession talks until after reforms.
Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, the incumbent president of Croatia, has lost Sunday's runoff election to Zoran Milanović, leader of the country's Social Democrat party.
France, supported by Denmark and the Netherlands, strongly opposed membership talks with North Macedonia and Albania.
Western Balkan countries want the EU's newest member, Croatia, to push enlargement of the bloc during its six-month presidency of the Council of the European Union
The Serbian Orthodox Church opposes the law which it argues is a mean for the government to strip it of its property.
Conservative incumbent Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, who is running for a second term, will face a run-off on January 5.
The leaders of Albania, North Macedonia, Serbia and Montenegro met on Saturday to discuss how to deepen regional cooperation in the Western Balkans, including in their quest to join the European Union.
A European Union-funded renewable energy project is helping to build bridges in the Balkans – and saving money at the same time.
“This is not a place for human beings,” said Dunja Mijatovic, Council of Europe rights commissioner as she visited the Vucjak camp. “It should be closed."
It was supposed to be a national day of celebration, but Thursday instead saw Albanians recovering bodies from rubble or burying their loved ones.
Parked cars lined highways as Albanians slept on the roadside, heeding warnings not to return indoors until engineers can check quake-shaken buildings.
The 49-year-old leader was admitted to a military hospital in Belgrade.
After Albania and North Macedonia had their EU accession bid vetoed weeks ago, Western Balkan leaders have met to discuss their own free transit zone.
"I would like to make a political comment at least only with what I believe. Let's be very careful with the Balkans. Don't let the Balkans get reBalkanised in the old way things were happening then," EU Commissioner Avramopoulos told reporters