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Macedonia is moving forward with changing its name and securing membership in the EU and NATO, even though a referendum to approve these steps failed to meet minimum turnout requirement. But the damage has already been done. Russia, which does not want to see another Balkan country absorbed into Western institutions, has gained clout and could potentially scupper the process. That would leave Macedonia in limbo, creating further instability in this already volatile region.
Professor Dr. Blerim Reka
deal between Greece and what may soon be called the Republic of North Macedonia is
about much more than a name. The bilateral agreement finally opens the door for
North Macedonia’s integration into the EU and NATO, and could make Greece a
serious regional player. However, political challenges could easily derail or
delay the two-year implementation process.
This may be the year that Macedonia’s geopolitical destiny is settled. Before 2016 has run its course, the West Balkan state of 2 million people may have seen its bids for the European Union and NATO either advanced or quashed. Its domestic political struggle may have been resolved in a more or less constitutional way – or led to the emergence of an undemocratic go...
The Republic of Macedonia faces new security risks 14 years since war ended and 20 since the first Balkans Peace Agreement, the Dayton Accords. The region has regained its strategic importance following new Cold War clashes between the West and Russia. The US has warned that Macedonia is first in line of fire from Russia and Russia’s foreign minister claims the Wes...