On March 30, the North Macedonian flag was flown for the primary time in entrance of NATO’s headquarters in Brussels. The previous Yugoslav republic had waited for this second for over a decade.
Had it not been vetoed by neighbouring Greece over a diplomatic dispute, North Macedonia would have joined the Atlantic Alliance along with Albania and Croatia again in 2009. After a deal was signed with Athens altering the identify of the nation in June 2018, Skopje made vital headway in its efforts to hitch Western establishments.
On March 24, the overseas ministers of the European Union’s member states agreed to provide the inexperienced gentle to accession talks with North Macedonia and Albania. This got here 5 months after French President Emmanuel Macron vetoed an early vote by the EU to begin negotiations with the 2 nations.
At a time when pandemics, populism and authoritarian resurgence have seemingly turned the wrong way up worldwide affairs, the Western Balkans persist with the routine coverage. European integration is nonetheless as widespread because it was within the heyday of EU enlargement within the 2000s.
Susceptible nations on Europe’s periphery comparable to North Macedonia and Montenegro, which turned a part of NATO in 2017, proceed to worth the safety assure prolonged by the pact. NATO membership cements North Macedonia’s traditionally contested statehood and it’s seen positively by all ethnic communities within the nation, and so is becoming a member of the EU.
In Montenegro, NATO stays…