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, talked with Aris Tolios on the radio show “Η στάση των δύο”.

Dr. Armakolas spoke about the European perspective of Albania and North Macedonia and more specifically about France’s refusal to give the green light to the two countries to start EU membership talks during yesterday’s meeting of the European Council.

“The real problem for France is that they are pushing Germany and other countries over some other issues within the EU such as the deepening of the Union and also the concern within France about the rise of the Far-Right”, said Dr. Armakolas.

“It is also heard by the way that Albania is a Muslim country or that Bosnia is a Muslim country. This is a really hypocrisy. France alone has more Muslims than Albania and Kosovo together. France and Germany together have more Muslims than all the countries in the Balkans, so Albania is not the problem”, said Dr. Armakolas at another point.

You can listen to the interview here.