Following the leader: Peter Pan or reality

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This document argues that Macedonia belongs to the European Union – not only geographically, but also politically. EU member states must not forget the promises made to the Western Balkans, nor their vital interest in the long-term stability of the region, despite the fragmented interests of some EU member states (Central and Eastern Europe is inclined towards the Eastern Partnership, while France and the Mediterranean countries to the Mediterranean Union). Consequently, the countries of the Stabilization and Association Process spend too much time on stabilization and scarcely take the time to focus on association. The worst case among them is Macedonia, which has been in the purgatory for five years. Such an unenviable situation becomes extremely unbearable. Urgent action is needed, as all excuses have long since fallen into disrepair with the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty.

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