The European Union offered six Western Balkan countries closer ties on Thursday but said they could count on no fast-track to membership – as much because of their regional problems, as well as due to the bloc’s own fatigue.

EU leaders met their counterparts from the six – Albania, Bosnia, Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia and Kosovo – at a summit, agreeing to build more energy links and work more closely on issues from countering radicalism to controlling migration.

“Today we reaffirmed our mutual commitment to the European perspective for the whole region,” EU chairman Donald Tusk told a news conference in the Bulgarian capital. “We didn’t pretend today that everything is clear and simple.”

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