Both hardliners in Greece and North Macedonia rejected a treaty that sought to end decades of tensions over the naming of the former Yugoslav Republic.
EU leaders failed to reach a consensus on whether to open membership talks with Albania and North Macedonia, amid stiff opposition to the move from France.
Eastern European states are angered by the EU's "mistake" as Macron leads blocking EU accession membership talks for Albania and North Macedonia.
Instead of taking on the role of fair mediator, Brussels has broken its own rules to accept the Republic of Cyprus into the EU and is now inflaming tensions with Turkey over natural resources.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addressed the South East European Countries Cooperation Process (SEECP) Summit in the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo, where stability and security and cooperation among the Balkans were discussed.
Opinion polls show that incumbent Greek PM Alexis Tsipras is behind the conservative New Democracy opposition party. He wars if his party loses, Greece will return to the "dark days" of austerity.
Countries in the Balkans are still decades away from joining the EU despite promises made 16 years ago. As the EU faces international tensions, is expansion still viable?
North Macedonia's pro-Western candidate, Stevo Pendarovski, won a run-off presidential vote after a campaign dominated by divisions over a change to the country's name that was agreed to mollify Greece and open the way for EU and NATO membership.
Voters will elect a new president in a run-off vote dominated by deep divisions over a change in the country's name agreed with Greece that has opened the path to NATO and EU membership.
According to the latest results, the ruling Social Democrat party's favoured candidate Stevo Pendarovski got 42.85 percent of the votes while his right-wing rival Gordana Siljanovska Davkova 42.24 percent.
The race for the largely ceremonial presidential race has turned into a second referendum on whether the Balkan country should be called Macedonia or North Macedonia.
The Republic of North Macedonia is facing a constitutional crisis over the country's name change as the outgoing president Gjorge Ivanov says he will not sign documents bearing the name of North Macedonia.
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