“The European Union’s poorest member is seeking to offer a clearer path toward membership for the western Balkans to prevent a return to the instability that ravaged the continent’s most volatile region two decades ago. Bulgaria, which will assume the EU’s six-month rotating presidency in January, is pushing for the world’s biggest trading bloc to offer more concrete guidance on how Serbia, Montenegro, Albania, Macedonia, Kosovo and Bosnia-Herzegovina can join its ranks,  Liliana Pavlova, Bulgaria’s minister in charge of the EU presidency, said last week in Sofia, the capital.” (Bloomberg)