Merkel: Territorial integrity – starting point for EU membership

During her visit to Skopje, German Chancellor Angela Merkel reiterated that Berlin is against changes to Kosovo’s borders. 

“From the German and European standpoint, we have a great interest in a stable region. When you look at the map, you understand that the Western Balkans is crucial to the stability of the entire European Union. This is why we have given all the countries in the region the perspective of membership, not only because we want something good for these countries, but also because this is in our interest too. I personally believe that territorial integrity is an important starting point to bring the region together, one day, there can be even closer cooperation when everyone will become a member of the European Union,” Merkel said.