European leaders have still not closed the issue of opening accession talks with Macedonia and Albania, but the odds of reaching some agreement are very slim, reports the MIA news agency from Brussels.

Several member states have pushed France today to get it to amend its position but to no avail. Others have reportedly pushed toward no conclusion, rather than putting the failure in writing. MIA reports that the likely outcome would be a pledge that the issue of enlargement will be revisited in December.