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Debate: Elections in North Macedonia: turning away from Europe?

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The EU is partly to blame for the nationalist shift to the right, Balkan correspondent Thomas Roser stresses in the Frankfurter Rundschau:

“For years, the EU partners did nothing to help the candidate country, which was forced to change its name, and instead constantly put new obstacles in its way – delaying the accession marathon it embarked on back in 2005. Those who wilfully miss opportunities should not be surprised at the consequences: not only the EU neighbours Bulgaria and Greece, but also the notorious EU enlargement obstructionists in Paris, The Hague and in the German CDU/CSU will have to take a good look at their own conduct if, in addition to Budapest, Beijing and Moscow now also gain more influence in Skopje.”

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