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Old 05-29-2018, 08:23 PM   #1
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Macedonia Hopes for 'Miracle' Over EU Membership Talks

Macedonia's Foreign Minister said in Brussels that he was not dissuaded by some EU member states' doubts about granting his country a start to EU accession talks this year

“Miracles are possible,” Macedonian Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov said on Monday in Brussels, when asked to comment on the skepticism voiced by several EU member states about granting his country a start to accession talks this year.

Dimitrov, who is attending the EU Foreign Affairs Council on Monday and Tuesday in Brussels, told Macedonia’s state MIA news agency that, as expected, France and The Netherlands were the EU member states that were most skeptical about granting his country accession talks this year.

“It is good that we are aware that this is not simple … the EUs internal consolidation is complementary and not opposed to the consolidation of the Balkans,” Dimitrov said.

He expressed hope that an anticipated breakthrough in the talks between Macedonia and Greece over Macedonia's name would persuade the sceptics otherwise.

“If this historical breakthrough does happen, it will be an opportunity for the whole of Europe to create success. We are not in a position to have the luxury of missing historic opportunities,” Dimitrov told MIA.

The European Commission this year recommended opening negotiations with Albania and Macedonia. They hope for a green light for EU accession talks at the EU summit in June.

But several countries including France, The Netherlands and Germany visibly failed to commit to this process at the recent EU-Western Balkans summit held in Sofia in mid-May.

French President Emmanuel Macron told the summit that he did not favour any such movement until “we have all certainties and genuine reforms done”.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that the question of enlargement “remains for the June EU Summit”.

On returning from the Sofia Summit, Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama blamed the EU's internal troubles for a possible negative decision on opening negotiations with Albania and Macedonia.

"It is visible, and we didn't need to go to Sofia to learn that, at the present time, our agendas are not fully compatable," he said.

“The EU is at the height of an internal debate and this doesn't help our objective. However, I remain optimistic," he added.

An alleged draft document, supposedly proposed by several EU countries, leaked last weekend in the Macedonian media, caused further uncertainty.

The alleged document advised the European Union to postpone giving green light to Albania’s and Macedonia’s accession talks this year, stating that they are not ready.

In the case of Albania, the document stated that the country lacks sufficient judicial reforms, and lags behind in the fight against corruption and organized crime.

In the case of Macedonia, the document noted that despite, changes in the general atmosphere in the country, the country cannot demonstrate clear progress in the implementation of its urgent reform priorities.

It notes that the judicial reforms are still “underway”, that de-politization of the state administration is slow, and says the fight against corruption and organized crime has not yet yielded sufficient results.
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Mogherini: Macedonia's New Name Will Have an Effect on Countries in Europe

Sofia, Bulgaria - "I was informed by the Macedonian and Greek Foreign Ministers about the progress in the name talks, which is very encouraging and promising, but it is not yet finalized, I am optimistic, and even more optimistic when it comes to the Balkans. Step by step, we expressed our clear intention of joining, helping and supporting a possible agreement in the coming days or weeks. The EU expects it in order to join it when it is reached and announced."

This was stated by the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, following the EU ministerial council on the resistance of some Member States to start negotiations with Macedonia.

Mogherini said that it would be very difficult for them to ignore such an important world news.

"This will have a transformative effect not only on the relations between the countries but also on all countries - both in Europe and globally." The name dispute has long existed, creating complications for years, and if a strong UN-led political leadership and EU involvement can result in negotiations on this difficult issue, it will be an inspiration to others, and it will be proof that the multilateral approach is what we should invest in, all of which must be recognized by the European Council, comentеd Mogherini.

Regarding France's resistance to the start of talks with Macedonia, Mogherini replied: "The strength of the good news that the name resolution will bring, will be so hailed by the international community, and the EU, that all states will have to take this into account."
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Lets see France and Germany pour even 10% of the money they lend Greece into Macedonia, then you will see some reforms happen.

Then maybe the French and Germans won't be so sceptical.

Or rather. Don't lend greece any money and we'll see how well they stand on their own two feet.
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Lets see France and Germany pour even 10% of the money they lend Greece into Macedonia, then you will see some reforms happen.
Do you think they even care?
The idea is to promote modern day serfdom. They hock up the country, let the politicians in power at the time skim some money, then squeeze the country into servitude. That's it. Nothing to do with some kind of European utopia. Macedonia will do nothing useful with any money it ever will get from the EU. Macedonians wish they can thieve as much as the Greeks did. They won't have the same chance.
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Do you think they even care?
The idea is to promote modern day serfdom. They hock up the country, let the politicians in power at the time skim some money, then squeeze the country into servitude. That's it. Nothing to do with some kind of European utopia. Macedonia will do nothing useful with any money it ever will get from the EU. Macedonians wish they can thieve as much as the Greeks did. They won't have the same chance.
Your right, they don't care. It has never been an even playing field.
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