Dr. Ioannis Armakolas, Assistant Professor at the Department of Balkan, Slavic and Oriental Studies, University of Macedonia and Head of the South-East Europe Programme – ELIAMEP, was interviewed by Maira Barba for the radio show “εφε*” (ΣΚΑΪ 100,3) on the 2nd of November 2019.
Dr. Armakolas spoke about the latest developments in North Macedonia after France’s veto. He focused on the upcoming elections in North Macedonia as well as the relations between Greece and North Macedonia.
“There are conditions set for these two countries which, almost everyone agrees, are pretty much fulfilled, and there is this other issue that we have to look at the whole mechanism again. France is right about the second. This mechanism has many gaps, many problems, it does not work as it should, and the EU really needs to look at it again from the beginning. But here’s the problem. France has not made any move in this direction over the years. The fact that the mechanism does not work is a common ground and the EU has been criticized for it by too many scientists, think tanks in all countries, by media, by analysts. That is not something new to bring to the debate today. What the French President is bringing up as a new element is that the whole process can be blocked precisely because the EU wants to see its issues again. And let me remind you that he said in his statements that we, as the EU, must first solve our internal problems, and he is absolutely right about that, and then look at the issue of enlargement. But will the EU wait for its internal issues to be resolved for 15 and 20 or 25 years that it takes for the next country to enter the EU? “, said Dr. Armakolas.
You can listen to the whole interview, in Greek, here.