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Macedonian trap

Rivista di Studi Politici Internazionali. 2015. Vol. 82. No. 327. P. 343-359.
The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia has been aiming at membership of the EU for almost fifteen years. Initially it was a leader in European integration among the Balkan countries. Today, Croatia, Serbia and Montenegro have moved ahead of it. The integration process has stagnated for a number of internal and external reasons. This has led to aggravation of the internal political situation and opened to political conflict and opposition which unfolded in the first half of 2015. This conflict has highlighted flaws in the EU policies pursued within the country both before and during the crisis. Ultimately it was resolved, but only after the United States became involved. Failure by the EU to resolve the issues arising in the territory, considered to be its area of responsibility, evidences the deep crisis within the EU integration policy. This article provides an analysis of Macedonian internal issues at the present time; the threats to domestic and regional stability are highlighted and an alternative scenario for resolving the situation it proposed.