The European Commission will likely recommend opening accession negotiations for two Balkan, ex-Communist countries, Albania and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM).

The current government in FYROM's capital Skopje agreed with its southern neighbour Greece earlier this year to intensify negotiations to end a two-decade-old name dispute that has blocked FYROM's accession to the European Union and NATO.

Athens has a veto on admission to both organisations and has objected to Sk...

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