March 29, 2016: heavily armed Macedonian special police force members guard the country’s closed border with Greece; thousands of refugees are now stuck in their “Balkan route” to central and northern Europe (source: dpa)

Macedonia: 2016 offers shrinking hope and growing worry

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 government – followed by a revolt against the outcome.

As EU member countries continue to close their borders in response to an epic inundation of refugees, Macedonia finds itself in danger of becoming a depository for unwanted migrants from the Middle East and Africa. Straddling the refugees’ route, the small country is barel...

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Professor Dr. Blerim Reka
A safer bet, unfortunately, is that Macedonia will miss its chance and lose its Euro-Atlantic momentum
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