European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker wrapped up his tour of six Balkan countries in Sofia, Bulgaria on March 1 by urging the leaders of the nations he visited to speed up the pace of reforms, but gave no indication that EU was ready to provide a concrete date for their accession to the bloc.

The meeting, hosted by Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov, whose country presently holds the six-month rotating presidency of the European Union, followed the publication of a new strateg...

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