ČRo Plus: What outlook does North Macedonia have for joining the European Union?

Czech president Petr Pavel welcomed the President of North Macedonia, Steve Pendarovski, at Prague Castle. According to the Castle, the invitation to the Czech Republic is intended to express the support for the country's move towards the European Union. For Český Rozhlas Plus, the head of our Brussels office, Žiga Faktor, commented on the current events in North Macedonia.

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Hospodářské noviny: Breakthrough: Macedonians and Albanians start talks on EU accession, Fiala flies to Brussels for a U-turn

The leaders of Northern Macedonia and Albania will open their countries' accession talks to the European Union in Brussels on Tuesday, something for which Northern Macedonia has been waiting for over 17 years and Albania for eight. The head of our Brussels office, Žiga Faktor, commented on this fact for Hospodářské noviny. Žiga Faktor also comments on the agreement between Northern Macedonia and Bulgaria. In his view, the EU may have set a precedent by allowing bilateral historical and cultural disputes to become part of the accession process.

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Aktuálně.cz: Macedonians and Albanians start negotiations on EU accession. Fiala flies to Brussels for this

The leaders of Northern Macedonia and Albania will open their countries' accession talks to the European Union in Brussels on Tuesday, something for which Northern Macedonia has been waiting for over 17 years and Albania for eight. The head of our Brussels office, Žiga Faktor, commented on this fact for Aktuálně.cz. Faktor also commented on the agreement between North Macedonia and Bulgaria, which opened the way for North Macedonia to join the EU. Faktor believes that the EU may have set a precedent by allowing bilateral historical and cultural disputes to become part of the accession process.

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REPORT: Western Balkans in 2020

Our researchers, Žiga Faktor and Jana Juzová, analyse elections in Serbia, Croatia, Northern Macedonia and Montenegro in four policy papers and offer recommendations aimed at strengthening the EU's enlargement policy.

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REPORT: Západní Balkán v roce 2020

Naši výzkumní pracovníci Žiga Faktor a Jana Juzová ve čtyřech policy paperech analyzují letošní volby v Srbsku, Chorvatsku, Severní Makedonii a Černé Hoře a nabízí doporučení zaměřená na posílení politiky rozšiřování EU.

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INVITATION: Western Balkans in 2020: EU Enlargement in Turbulent Times

We would like to invite you to a debate "Western Balkans in 2020: EU Enlargement in Turbulent Times". The event will take place on Friday 27 November between 17:00–18:15 via Zoom and will be broadcasted on Facebook.

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POLICY PAPER: EU membership of the Western Balkan states in times of crisis: From a strategic choice to protracted inertia

Our associate research fellow Marko Stojić in his latest policy paper deals with the Western Balkans' European perspective and the COVID-19 crises' impact on the countries' journey towards EU membership.

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ČRo Plus: About the vicissitudes that Northern Macedonia must go through in order to become part of a united Europe

Our researcher Jana Juzová was a guest on the Evropa Plus broadcast, where she commented on the complicated relationship between Bulgaria and North Macedonia. She describes today's situation where Bulgaria denies Macedonian identity.

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Info.cz: Another blow to EU unity. Bulgarian "blackmailing" threatens the accession of Northern Macedonia

In her latest commentary, our research fellow Jana Juzová focuses on the recent development of the EU enlargement process in the Western Balkans, especially on the Bulgarian rejection of membership talks with Northern Macedonia.

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Info.cz: A thorny road to Europe. Northern Macedonia's bid for EU membership is hampered by another neighborhood dispute

Our researcher Jana Juzová recently published an article on the news portal Info.cz dealing with the European journey of Northern Macedonia and the problems that this country has faced in recent years. It focuses mainly on the complicated relationship between Northern Macedonia and neighboring Bulgaria.

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