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Balkan Countries Sign Deal to Unlock EU Enlargement Talks

  • Bulgaria, North Macedonia sign protocol to resolve dispute
  • Lawmakers in N. Macedonia voted Saturday for EU proposal
The government building in central Skopje, North Macedonia. 

The government building in central Skopje, North Macedonia. 

Photographer: Konstantinos Tsakalidis/Bloomberg
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Two Balkan states signed an agreement that will allow North Macedonia and Albania to formally start negotiations to join the European Union, a process long-delayed by bilateral quarrels between countries in the volatile region. 

Bujar Osmani, North Macedonia’s foreign minister, signed the protocol with his Bulgarian counterpart in Sofia, Bulgaria’s capital, on Sunday.