Merkel defends absence of timeline for Western Balkans EU membership

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel has defended the European Union’s decision not to give the six Western Balkan countries a concrete timeframe for accession. “I am not keen on a deadline that in the end just puts us under pressure,” the conservative politician, generally sympathetic to enlargement, said after a summit in Slovenia. Merkel said she was, however, in favour of the EU keeping its word, allowing countries to join if they met the agreed conditions.

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