Supporters of the boycott of Macedonia’s September 30 referendum celebrate the low turnout in Skopje

Macedonia: A new front in Russia-West tensions

  • Macedonia’s failed referendum strengthened Moscow’s hand there
  • The country’s EU and NATO membership is almost sure to be delayed
  • The resulting strategic vacuum will cause domestic and regional instability

On September 30, 94 percent of voters in Macedonia’s referendum cast their ballots in favor of adopting a new name for the country and working toward European Union and NATO membership. The convincing result, however, was soured by a boycott. With just under 37 percent turnout, the results were legally invalid – a 50 percent minimum was required.

Russia applauded the referendum’s failure, while the West expressed concern for Macedonia’s strategic direction. The question now is whether the country will become a new East-West border state, continually tugged in either direction, or whether it will still achieve its Euro-Atlantic ambitions.

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Professor Dr. Blerim Reka
If the constitution is not amended by the end of January, the country will go to early elections
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What's inside
  • Macedonia’s failed referendum strengthened Moscow’s hand there
  • The country’s EU and NATO membership is almost sure to be delayed
  • The resulting strategic vacuum will cause domestic and regional instability
Who will benefit?
  • Report is targeted to the decision makers in cross country manufacturing – suppliers, manufacturers, logistics.
  • Also considered useful for the administrative university facilities, to better understand the possibe effects of current decisions.
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