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North Macedonia's Zaev Admits Remaining Issues With Greece Could Impede EU Membership

North Macedonia’s premier (L) with his Greek counterpart (R). File photo

The Prime Minister of North Macedonia Zoran Zaev gave an interview to German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemaine Zeitung on Thursday in which he admitted that his country’s prospects of joining the EU could be hindered if remaining issues with Greece are not resolved.
Zaev was asked about the prospect of Greece electing conservative Kyriakos Mitsotakis as its next Premier, a man who strongly opposed the Prespa Agreement, and whether this development could prevent the beginning of North Macedonia’s accession talks with the EU.
The North Macedonian PM said ”parts of our agreement with Greece still need to be implemented, such as the issue of passports and other documents bearing our new state name or the revision of history books.”
”This can lead to complications in our accession talks at any time,” the Prime Minister admitted.
Zaev also declared that ”it is up to the Greeks to choose their government, but solving the name issue has many benefits for our states – and it applies regardless of who governs.”
Despite the European Commission’s positive stance on beginning accession talks with North Macedonia, individual member-states, including France and the Netherlands, recently put a damper on Skopje’s hopes.
French President Emmanuel Macron has repeatedly said that the EU needs deep reforms and a much stronger political and economic integration before it could even begin any discussions on receiving additional member states.

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