Bilateral agreements between Skopje and Sofia were signed stating that they were written in the official languages of both countries. It seems that Bulgaria wants the same regime at EU level. This is classic Bulgarian sarrogant behavior in general. They do not want to accept the Macedonian ethnic group because they then have to give the Macedonian people some beneficial rights. Bulgarians are still racist. They do not remember their lives before the entry of the EU. Absolutely Shithole. Money from European projects has helped to change their economic situation. But now they are stonered by what the Macedonians and Albanians are gone. The European Union must show these arrogant people who is the leader when it comes to slowing down financial aid. Northern Macedonia and the European Union: a long commitment that has turned over the years into a frustrating obstacle course, increasingly like an odyssey. After Greece`s long veto on the name issue, resolved by the Prespa agreements in 2018, when Macedonia agreed to add the « North » specifications to its constitutional name, it is now Bulgaria that says « no » on a subject that is no less controversial and difficult to understand for the most part – the historical heritage and nature of Macedonian identity and language. After Northern Macedonia changed its name, thus abandoning all pretensions to the history of ancient Greece under the Prespa agreement, Northern Macedonia is very sensitive to questions of its identity.
Both Bulgaria and Northern Macedonia have some responsibility for their sparrows – they have never implemented the friendship agreement they signed in 2017, beyond the creation of a historic commission, which has become a scapegoat for the collapse of their relations. All the other stages of the agreement exist only on paper: the road between Sofia and Skopje still resembles a 19th century relic, and they are the only two capitals in Europe with no rail link between them. Prespa is a perfect example of how to compromise between two ethnic groups using diplomacy and European values. By inserting the geographical terms « North » on behalf of our country, thus separating Macedonia from northern and Greek Macedonia, we have built a bridge between our nations. It is an agreement that can serve as a model around the world. In a long-running dispute with its southern neighbour Greece, Athens had blocked Skopje`s entry into the bloc. Athens has contradicted the name of Macedonia, already used by one of its northern regions, but the two sides reached a historic agreement last year that ended the dispute and put the newly renamed Republic of Northern Macedonia within sight of the finish line. Despite discussions last month, including Germany, which hopes negotiations with Northern Macedonia can begin, while Berlin will rotate the EU-Ue-Ue by the end of the year, the Balkan neighbours have yet to agree. The room for manoeuvre to break the deadlock is small, but narrow: the German presidential semester of the EU, considered the best opportunity to solve the problem given Berlin`s political investments, ends at the end of December. In the absence of an agreement, the European fate of northern Macedonia (but also albania, which takes place in parallel) could, over time, sink dangerously and fuel increased instability in the region. While in opposition, the ruling New Democracy (EPP) strongly opposed the name change agreement between the left-wing Syriza party and Zaev`s government.
But when he took power, the Conservative party said it would implement the Prespa agreement. Bulgaria also requires its neighbour to abandon all allegations that there is a clear Macedonian minority in Bulgaria. It also calls for the adoption of a roadmap for the implementation of a neighbourhood agreement with Bulgaria in 2017 as a precondition for Northern Macedonia`s accession to the EU.