“A senior European Union official said Tuesday that a summit next month will reaffirm the “European perspective” of the Western Balkans, a region with fresh memories of war and a long history with Russia.

European Council President Donald Tusk’s comments came as he started a weeklong tour to prepare for the May 17 summit of EU and Western Balkan leaders.

The agenda of the event, to be held in Bulgaria, is status talks on making Balkan countries EU members.” (Sacramento Bee)