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 Xenofon Zikidis for the First Programme of ERT (Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation).

Dr. Armakolas spoke about the developments in North Macedonia after France’s veto and how this affects the implementation process of the Prespa Agreement. Moreover, he mentioned the reasons behind France’s veto and analyzed the issue of the enlargement within the EU.

“The EU has an enlargement policy and the enlargement policy provides for the accession of these countries (the Western Balkans) to the EU. And that is not a whim of some people. It is a policy linked to important interests of member-states such as Greece, Italy, Bulgaria and Romania. So, none of these countries that have huge interests in the prospect of the Western Balkans joining the EU are going to let France torpedo the enlargement policy. Greece will be the first to be affected by the negative consequences of the collapse of the enlargement prospect”, Dr. Armakolas underlined.

You can listen to the full interview here