France calls for reform in EU accession process

epa07893262 France's President Emmanuel Macron attends a debate on the theme of pensions during a visit to Rodez, south-western France, 03 October 2019. EPA-EFE/ERIC CABANIS / POOL MAXPPP OUT

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EU ministers are meeting Tuesday to discuss whether Albania and North Macedonia can begin talks to join the bloc. But DW reports that France has voiced opposition and said it would veto the move.

Echoing comments made by French President Emmanuel Macron this summer, French Minister for European Affairs Amelie de Montchalin said on Monday that Europe needs to focus on reforming the accession process before entering “an endless soap opera” of membership talks.

France argues that the EU has enough on its plate without adding two new member states from the Balkans, a region still dealing with the aftermath of violent wars fought in the 1990s and where rates of crime and corruption remain high relative to the EU.

Via DW

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