Looking behind France’s Shameful Veto on Albania, North Macedonia’s EU Accession Talks (written for The European Views*)

The EU integration prospects of the Western Balkans have been thrown in disarray by French President Emmanuel Macron, hopefully not as part of some sort of a nasty backstage deal among world powers. Map: EPP
(*This opinion / analytical article was written by Ivan Dikov for The European Views website.)

The rationale for Macron’s decision doesn’t make sense as purely “enlargement fatique”.

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When the Germans Marching East Is a Good Thing. Can Germany Handle It?

German military equipment arriving in Lithuania as part of NATO’s Enhanced Forward Presence. Photo: Lithuanian Ministry of Defense

Germany needs to stand up, not as an aggressor or an imperialist power of the past, but as a defender of democracy. Continue reading “When the Germans Marching East Is a Good Thing. Can Germany Handle It?”

Macedonia: More Scary Skeletons Are Yet to Break Out of Yugoslavia’s Closet

Dozens of classical-like monuments often criticized as kitschy were built by the Gruevski government in Macedonia’s capital Skopje to boost nationalist sentiment in the so called Skopje 2014 project. Photo: Wikipedia, Raso

The ugly disintegration of the former Yugoslavia is probably far from over. The Republic of Macedonia could be the next time bomb. Continue reading “Macedonia: More Scary Skeletons Are Yet to Break Out of Yugoslavia’s Closet”