The countries' full membership inches the Balkans closer to the borderless idea of Europe and further from the brutal wars of the 1990s.
Merkel, in visit to headquarters of GM's Opel unit, says that direct aid is unlikely.
Ahead of the G-20 economic summit, a divide grows over the balance of regulation and stimulus.
Much to the anger of Greece, the ancient conqueror is making a big comeback in Macedonia – he's arriving just in time for Sunday's election.
Latvia’s collapse and the sinking East is hurting Western banks, and the ideals of unity.