Bulgaria will take key step to drop North Macedonia veto on Friday
Bulgarian lawmakers are on Friday set to make a significant step toward lifting Sofia’s effective veto over North Macedonia beginning membership negotiations with the EU.
MPs will vote in a plenary session on whether to throw their weight behind a proposal by the French presidency of the Council to resolve the impasse between Sofia and Skopje.
Bulgaria has been holding back North Macedonia’s EU aspirations in a long-running dispute over language, history and the rights of the Bulgarian minority in North Macedonia.
The inability to resolve this cross-border dispute sparked fury among Balkan leaders meeting in Brussels on Thursday, who fulminated against Sofia holding back their EU prospects.
In a peculiar twist, North Macedonia itself does not support this so-called “French proposal” at the heart of Friday’s vote in Sofia, …
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