After waiting for 17 years, North Macedonia has taken the next step toward EU membership. The fact that no one is celebrating is due to the absurd conditions that await the Balkan country, writes Boris Georgievski.
The European Union has reignited membership talks with Albania and North Macedonia despite geopolitical uncertainty in the region. This marks a historic moment for the Western Balkans.
The European Union’s 27 members have agreed to open accession negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia. The two countries have long criticized the slow progress on their EU membership bids.
North Macedonia’s parliament voted in favor of a French proposal to open the door to talks to join the EU. The proposal will help overcome Bulgarian objections to the prospect of North Macedonia in the EU.
Macedonians are taking to the streets, angry at the terms of a proposal for accession talks with the EU that they consider a danger to their identity. Support for the EU has fallen to surprising lows.
Macedonians are taking to the streets, angry at the terms of a proposal for accession talks with the EU that they consider a danger to their identity. Critics say Bulgaria is taking an outsize role in setting conditions.
Nearly 50 police officers have been injured in North Macedonia after France pitched a proposal to incorporate Bulgaria’s demands on language and cultural identity into Macedonia’s constitution.
The country’s main opposition party has led protests against a proposal to integrate Bulgarian minority rights. Such a move would be necessary to continue EU accession talks.
North Macedonia’s prospects for joining the EU received a boost after Bulgarian lawmakers voted to end their veto. The move comes days after a no-confidence vote toppled the government.