EU enlargement: a process that is lacking political fuel?

As the June European Council meeting is approaching, Bulgaria continues to block North Macedonia’s opening of accession negotiations with the EU. The Atlantic Council Europe Center’s Nonresident Senior Fellow Ilva Tare interviews former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of North Macedonia Nikola Dimitrov on his expectations for this meeting.

Will the EU begin accession negotiations with North Macedonia after a 17 year wait for the country? Will Bulgaria’s decision on North Macedonia have an impact on the Balkans’ European dream? What are the different scenarios for moving forward European enlargement and is a two-staged accession a realistic idea?


#BalkansDebrief is an online interview series presented by the Atlantic Council’s Europe Center and hosted by journalist Ilva Tare. The program offers a fresh look at the Western Balkans and examines the region’s people, culture, challenges, and opportunities.

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