North Macedonia

Hahn laments failure to green-light North Macedonia, Albania accession talks

The European Union commissioner for enlargement, Johannes Hahn, on Thursday lamented last week's decision not to open accession talks with North Macedonia and Albania as "a matter of deep disappointment."

In opening remarks at the European Parliament plenary debate on opening the accession talks, Hahn said that EU leaders have "failed to live up to their commitment."

US Senate ratifies North Macedonia admission to NATO

The US Senate has voted overwhelmingly to ratify North Macedonia's entry into NATO as the alliance's 30th member.

Senators voted 91-2 on Tuesday to approve North Macedonia's accession to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. The no votes came from Republican Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Mike Lee of Utah.

Erga omnes aspect of Prespes accord put at risk by delay

The provision included in the Prespes agreement that North Macedonia's name will be erga omnes - namely, to be used both domestically and internationally - could be undermined if the neighboring country's accession bid to the European Union is indefinitely postponed, according to legal experts.

Is the rejection of Macedonia and Albania actually Macron's revenge?

"Observers in the region see France and The Netherlands' policy as not being fair and motivated by domestic politics and stereotypes," Bieber said. "This undermines the EU as being a fair player and having clear criteria, especially since the commission has given the green light for negotiation."

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