EU divided over enlargement
With the longstanding name disagreement between Macedonia and Greece recently settled, European Union plans for expansion are under increased scrutiny. France’s Macron has strongly stated that France would not support EU enlargement until the existing union is reformed and improved, a position supported by the Netherlands, Denmark, and many European countries with strong anti-immigration attitudes. With NATO accession on the horizon for Macedonia and other Balkan countries, the question over the region’s political future remains uncertain. Some have posited that Europe’s coldness will force the countries towards Russia, Turkey, and others vying for influence in the region.