“Europeans leaders are becoming ‘more and more impatient’ with the reluctance of west Balkan leaders to accept the necessity of reforms to the rule of law, threatening the chances of them joining the European Union by 2025.

The EU commissioner for enlargement, Johannes Hahn, told the summit for the west Balkans in London: ‘In all these countries I face a certain reluctance to address properly rule of law issues. It is a must for the EU.’

‘I admit our member states are becoming more and more impatient on this issue because they see this is as crucial – the fight against corruption, media reform and independence of judiciary.’ He said statesmanship was needed in the region if the outline timetable for accession was to be met.” (The Guardian)