November 1, 2012
The Bulgarian President Rossen Plevneliev told Enlargement Commissioner Štefan Füle yesterday (31 October) that Macedonia is “not ready” to start accession negotiations. Thus, Bulgaria joined Greece in vetoing the opening of the talks, which in spite of the Commission proposals have been delayed for a fourth consecutive year.
Füle visited Bulgaria to clarify the Bulgarian position with respect to Macedonia. The government of Boyko Borissov had made noises indicating that it was not going to allow Skopje to steal from its history and keep its eyes shot on a series of megalomaniac and provocative acts (see background).
But Füle got more than explanations: he was told that Bulgaria doesn’t see Macedonia as ready to begin accession negotiations.
The European Commission and Füle in person had invested a lot of political ambition in unblocking the stalemate between Skopje and Athens of the so-called “name dispute”.
On 10 October, Füle proposed a compromise approach on […]