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North Macedonia’s EU accession remains elusive

08 November 2019
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Key Points

  • Regardless of which major party wins the April 2020 election, North Macedonia is unlikely to abrogate internally controversial agreements reached with Bulgaria and Greece since 2017.
  • France’s October 2019 veto of EU accession talks for North Macedonia is likely to slow the country’s progress by tying it with that of Albania and Kosovo.
  • NATO membership should benefit internal security, but official corruption will remain a critical factor in state stability.

In October 2019, French President Emmanuel Macron blocked North Macedonia from opening EU accession talks, spurring Prime Minister Zoran Zaev to call a new parliamentary election for 12 April 2020.





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