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Old 06-15-2019, 09:12 AM   #11
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North Macedonia on track for EU accession talks but not Albania, diplomats say

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North Macedonia is likely to win European Union support to start membership talks later this year, diplomats say, but its Balkan neighbour Albania faces opposition in France, Germany and the Netherlands.

Despite EU rhetoric that the bloc needs to accept new members from the Western Balkans to cement their European path and offset Chinese and Russian influence, anti-immigration sentiment has raised doubts in some northern EU states.

Backed by a number of EU governments and the European Commission, Albania and North Macedonia had hoped that the bloc's Europe ministers would give the go-ahead to membership talks at a meeting next Tuesday in Luxembourg.

That would have cleared the way for approval by EU leaders at a summit in Brussels on June 20-21.

But neither country will be given the green light then, diplomats and EU officials told Reuters, even though 13 EU countries including Italy and Poland, the European Council's President Donald Tusk and the Commission have publicly called for formal negotiations to begin.

Now, the latest agreement is to reach a deal among EU governments in September, but only for North Macedonia, which is also set to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation in 2020.

"North Macedonia has a good chance (for EU membership talks), given the historic resolution of its name issue," one senior EU official said, referring to a decades-old dispute with Greece that blocked its path to the EU and the NATO alliance.

The name change from Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia to Republic of North Macedonia has given Skopje momentum and is likely to persuade Paris, Berlin and The Hague to back EU talks.

"But Albania is still a big issue for some governments. It is not looking so promising," the official said.

Perceived as one of Europe's most corrupt countries, according to Transparency International, Albania - which is already a NATO member - has made only limited progress in combating money laundering, EU and US officials say, despite firing corrupt judges and prosectutors.

Four other Western Balkan nations - Bosnia, Kosovo and the two frontrunners Serbia and Montenegro - are also seeking EU membership.

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In June 2018, France and the Netherlands unexpectedly blocked the start of EU talks for Albania and North Macedonia, seeking more reforms. Diplomats said the move reflected concerns about the impact on voters in EU elections in May, 2019.

With the European Parliament election out of the way, France and the Netherlands were expected to fall into line, while the EU headquarters invited Albania's Prime Minister Edi Rama and North Macedonia's President Stevo Pendarovski to Brussels.

On a visit to Brussels earlier this month, Sokol Dedja, Albania's deputy Europe and foreign minister, said it was time for the bloc to stop using the need for preparatory reforms "as a way of keeping countries out of the European Union."

EU membership talks, which typically last up to a decade, are a de facto reform process to bring nations up to EU levels.

Despite victories in the EU election for the far-right in Italy, Poland and Hungary, talks of future membership for Albania and North Macedonia did not appear to play into the hands of those pledging to stop immigration.

French and Dutch far-right parties lost seats compared to their showing in 2014. However, on June 11, the Dutch parliament passed a motion opposing the opening of talks with Albania, although a similar motion for North Macedonia did not pass.

The German government wants a green light for Macedonia, but there is no agreement on Albania, which the centre-right in the coalition see as a problem state. The Bundestag lower house has agreed to postpone any decision until September.


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ZAEV: "Europe needs to remain more sex appeal - sexaple lady in the world to motivate us to continue in this direction."

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Old 06-15-2019, 08:30 PM   #13
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Rama asks Pendarovski to remember who had him elected President, after he calls for the “decoupling” of Macedonia from Albania

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Reuters reports that Macedonia will receive approval to open EU accession talks later this year, while Albania will be left out. This, and a comment from Macedonian President Stevo Pendarovski, sparked a bitter tweet from Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama. In an interview with Euractiv Pendarovski called for “decoupling” of the EU accession talks of the two countries so that Macedonia can advance without being held back by Albania, but Rama reminded Pendarovski and his SDSM party of the support they received from Albanian voters and from Albania.

President Pendarovski implicitly favours “decoupling from Albania?” Strange to hear this, especially when one considers the key contribution of Albania and Albanians in our friendly neighbour’s state democratic developments and European path. Doesn’t sound right nor practical frankly!, Rama tweeted out.


During his visit to Brussels, Pendarovski openly called for the “decoupling” of Macedonia from Albania, adding that Albania is “in disarray”.

The biggest problem now is the decoupling with Albania. Albania is now in disarray. The opposition has walked out of institutions and it’s getting tenser. So what can we say here? We have had positive recommendations from the Commission before, and we’ve been decoupled before, Pendarovski told Euractiv.

Pendarovski won the presidential elections in May only owing to the unprecedented, near unanimous turnout in his favor by the ethnic Albanian voters. Pendarovski easily lost the Macedonian vote to the conservative candidate Gordana Siljanovska – Davkova, but made up the difference as village after village in the Albanian majority districts turned out results such as 1.500 – 10 and 2.200 to 30 in his favor.

Both countries are denied opening accession talks in June, but Macedonia is being told that it can expect to open them in September, or October, or some time later this year.

Now, the latest agreement is to reach a deal among EU governments in September, but only for North Macedonia, which is also set to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation in 2020. “North Macedonia has a good chance (for EU membership talks), given the historic resolution of its name issue,” one senior EU official said, referring to a decades-old dispute with Greece that blocked its path to the EU and the NATO alliance. “But Albania is still a big issue for some governments. It is not looking so promising,” the official said, Reuters reported.

According to the news agency, the opposition encountered from France and the Netherlands to opening accession talks with both Macedonia and Albania was a surprise, and was likely driven by fears of a nationalist surge during the European Parliament elections.

In one of his recent statements, Prime Minister Zoran Zaev warned that politicians in Germany fear that giving accession talks to Macedonia but not to Albania could spark a nationalist reaction in the latter. Zaev said that he is certain “his good friend” Edi Rama won’t resort to nationalism if Albania is denied the right to open accession talks.


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Macron Seeks to Slow EU Expansion in Blow to Balkan Aspirations

October 13, 2019, 8:14 AM EDT

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- France resists accession talks with Albania, North Macedonia
- EU nations remain split ahead of decision due on Tuesday

Balkan hopes of starting accession negotiations with the European Union hang in the balance, as France insists the bloc is not yet ready to discuss the possibility of accepting new members, documents exchanged between diplomatic missions in Brussels show.

North Macedonia and Albania are keen for a green light this week to start formal talks to join the world’s largest trading club. While most member states back their request, France and the Netherlands want a complete overhaul of the enlargement process before negotiations with the two countries can begin.

Paris wants any further talks to be “more gradual, more concrete in the benefits they bring to concerned countries and reversible according to the effective, tangible and sustainable implementation of reforms,” a draft communique of a ministerial meeting in Luxembourg showed. The memo was circulated on Oct. 10 by French diplomats to other EU governments.

No date for formal negotiations should be given to Albania and North Macedonia before the EU completes this overhaul of its “methodology,” it said.

Expansion proponents argue that the prospect of EU membership will help further anchor the troubled region to the West, while failure to set a date for the start of formal negotiations risks weakening reformist forces in Albania and North Macedonia.

But western EU officials exasperated by the failure of eastern nations that joined in 2004 and 2007 to uphold the rule of law and fight corruption are wary of admitting new members.

At Loggerheads

Countries including Poland, Hungary and Romania -- among the largest recipients of EU structural funds and agricultural aid -- are at loggerheads with the European Commission over their democratic standards, and the bloc’s executive arm has so far failed to force them to fall in line.

At France’s insistence, the EU said in its June communique on the topic of enlargement that admission of new members should take into account the bloc’s “capacity to integrate” them.

France and the Netherlands aren’t alone in their skepticism. Adding to the complications, countries such as Greece and Bulgaria cite bilateral issues that first need to be resolved, while others seek conditions attached to any positive nod, especially for Albania.

EU ambassadors will make a last-ditch effort to broker a compromise on Monday before ministers meet in Luxembourg on Tuesday, where a decision is due to be taken. EU leaders must sign off when they meet in Brussels on Thursday.

The latest draft of the decision, dated Oct. 11 and seen by Bloomberg, gives a green light for formal accession negotiations to start in the first half of next year, but “no one is happy” with the wording, according to one diplomat familiar with the deliberations.





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Is it a coincidence? The fact that France is the biggest opponent to N. Macedonia's accession into the EU and the fact that Greece has recently spent over 3 Billion Euros purchasing tanks, planes, and vessels from France?
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Failed experiment. Its hard enough keeping a single country unified and functioning with a relatively homogeneous populace. Who really believed that you can take 740 million people, countless religions, cultures, languages, histories, interests, and everything else under the sun, and push them all towards a centralized government and a common identity.

It roughly sounds like the USA, but with some big differences. People leave their homelands to go become Americans. No one wants to leave behind their family and their home, they only do so out of necessity. Because of that people are basically buying into the American system as soon as they enter it, and they are aware of that. The European experiment expects people to change their homelands and their cultures. A very different proposition. When you go to the USA you take with you the parts of your culture that you were fond of but you mostly leave your home behind. In Europe you are basically trying to destroy or at least re-brand everything that was and still is and pretend as if it never was. You are asking people to forget what they have always known, to ignore what is all around them, and just be something totally new. Its just unnatural in my opinion. Besides the USA still has 50 states with very localized governance and yes even cultures. I'm sure if you tried to impose a Californian system on every state, there would be a civil war.

I just don't understand how anyone can seriously believe that the European experiment can ever come to full fruition. Its fake, its forced, it constantly hangs by a thread. What is even harder to understand is how people in the Balkans keep believing that the EU experiment has or will improve their homelands. They had the right idea with trade policies and more lax travel regimes but this idea of making everyone "Europeans", is down right stupid and will never happen.

As far as FYRONMABCEDFHIJK......, I've never seen a group of people follow a carrot for so long and still not realize that its attached to a string. Its painful to watch.
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Is it a coincidence? The fact that France is the biggest opponent to N. Macedonia's accession into the EU and the fact that Greece has recently spent over 3 Billion Euros purchasing tanks, planes, and vessels from France?
Whatever the case might be France has essentially Vetoed Macedonia today.

Do you recall the old song "Od vrv Pirin planina"?
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I LOVE IT! These hacks in FYROMFROM deserve this.
(Apologies in advance for the rant....)
I find it awesome that they are being cockblocked by those they thought would help. Stupid fools. All those years wasted, honestly, the death blow was the Interim Accord. Once they gave up symbols, and the flag , it was easy to see they would sell their culture and heritage.
And those jokers blame the diaspora??? Hell, we have been utterly embarrassed and shamed by these dumbasses in FYRONFROM.
I recently watched a video of me talking about Macedonia and explaining the situation to people in 1992.....such hope. LOL. I hope they either rebel or call for a new vote or get some leaders with real pride and the interest of our heritage and people.
I hope what I have seem from 1992 to now isn't the future. If it is, lets just say fuck it and do the federation with Albania. I even have a name for it. The Central Balkan Republic (Yes, I know where that's from, but hell, it would fit if they federate...)
So dejected and pissed. And to top it off I am just getting into another of Vic's books (get some, they are good!) and I see the final word from France, etc on here. It's kinda hard to press on. I saw in another thread monuments being defaced....I agree likely the government to help with "friendly relations" Sad to see people in Hong Kong standing up to authority from a superpower but the "Macedonians" can't even stand up to their own backward assed sellout leaders. (Who might actually acquiesce if it seems in their best person interests)OK selfish rant over! Pozdrav!
I'm going to go jam out on my new copy of that classic song: Severne Makidonska Devoiche
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Is Zaev planning to resign as a result of the EU veto??

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