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Der Standard - Austria | Monday, May 18, 2015

EU has grossly neglected Macedonia

The EU is also to blame for the escalation of the crisis in Macedonia, the left-liberal daily Der Standard writes: "The delayed integration of the south eastern European states into the EU and Nato not only runs counter to the member states' and the Union's own best interests, it also creates insecurity, especially in the Balkans, and gives Russia the option of interfering in the region once more. Although the Greek crisis could have provided the opportunity to make Athens back down in the name dispute and prevent Macedonia from sliding towards aggressive nationalism, no one has taken advantage of it. Now the EU wants to punish the government in Skopje by no longer recommending accession talks. We can safely assume that this regime couldn't care less about that."

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