Macedonia recedes Euro-Atlantic path and risks sanctions

  • Liis Einstein
  • 10.4.2017 08:03

European Council President Donald Tusk visited Macedonia on 3 April to convince President Ivanov to stop blocking the formation of an opposition government. The meeting ended with no further progress, Ivanov remains unaccommodating as the political crisis sets back progress on Macedonia’s accession to the EU and NATO.

Macedonia has struggled to form a government since elections in December 2016. The Internal Revolutionary Organization-Democratic Party for Macedonian National Unity won 51 seats as the Social Democratic Union of Macedonia got 49, leaving neither of the two parties capable of forming the government without the ethnic Albanian parties. In March, Social Democrat leader Zoran Zaev agreed to form a collation with three Albanian parties in exchange for making wider use of Albanian language. President Ivanov then has not given the coalition the mandate to form a government, claiming that the new government would be extorted and unstable. Macedonian diplomat and political science professor Gjorgi Spasov predicts that the EU and the US will likely imply sanctions as the next step. Macedonia’s Euro-Atlantic path is also blocked due to its name dispute with Greece.

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