Published: Mon, October 21, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

North Macedonia PM Zaev calls for early election, blasts EU

North Macedonia PM Zaev calls for early election, blasts EU

"I am upset and offended and I know that the entire population feels this plot", Mr Zaev mentioned on Saturday, asserting the snap election.

"The EU did not deliver on its promise", Zaev said.

Diplomatic sources say that European Union leaders struggled past midnight in a tense debate to reach common conclusions in a bland statement offering encouragement to the candidate countries, and yet postponing a formal decision for accession talks.

Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the executive European Commission, said France's decision was a "historic error".

At a summit in Brussels on Friday, EU leaders failed to reach an agreement that would allow formal accession talks with the Balkan states of North Macedonia and Albania to start.

EU Council President Donald Tusk mentioned: "Or no longer it is no longer a failure, or no longer it is a mistake".

At the same time, France, Italy and Germany reject the idea of separating the accession bids within Tirana and Skopje talks.

Prime Minister Zoran Zaev will propose early parliamentary elections to be held in North Macedonia as soon as possible, after European Union leaders failed to approve the start of accession negotiations.

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EU European Affairs ministers (General Affairs Council) discussed the Enlargement matter again in Luxembourg on 15 October before taking the deadlock to national leaders at the Brussels summit on 17-18 October.

"This is what I'm proposing: organising quick snap elections where you, citizens, will decide the road we are going to take", Zaev said.

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte had used the same phrase earlier on Friday and added: "We had to start membership talks, I'm very disappointed".

Before starting membership talks, potential new members of the bloc must demonstrate a range of reforms in areas such as economic policy, human rights, anti-corruption measures and the rule of law.

Defending his command, President Macron mentioned the accession project itself needed to be reformed and the European Union "have to mute make extra to abet these nations carry out, no longer appropriate carry out pledges".

The EU aspirations of North Macedonia and Albania must wait.

She added that Washington hopes the EU will "reach a consensus on a positive decision for both countries well in advance of the EU-Western Balkans Summit next May".

He said the European Union in its current shape was not able to face today's challenges or handle another financial crisis, let alone allow in two more states from the Balkans, a region scarred by wars in the 1990s and struggling with crime and corruption.

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