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Notes internacionals CIDOB, núm. 8

Notes internacionals CIDOB, núm. 8

Croatia, Macedonia and the EU: Setting the Bar Too High?

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  • Ejournal: Notes Internacionals CIDOB
  • Place of publication:  Barcelona , Spain
  • ISSN: 2013-4428
  • Place of publication:  Barcelona , Spain
  • Year: 2009
  • Month: December
  • Nº: 8

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The outcome of the European Council in December 2009, when the EU Heads of state will gather, could result in a significant step forward towards EU integration for Croatia and Macedonia. It could also represent an important signal for other Western Balkan countries. Critical issues in both countries touch upon cross-cutting concerns such as inter-ethnic coexistence and bilateral disputes which delay EU integration. Citizens in the Western Balkans closely watch developments towards European integration for the region’s two most advanced countries. While a significant step forward – such as opening EU accession negotiations with Macedonia – would be a positive sign, on the other hand, any further deadlock after the December Council meeting could have unfavourable consequences for the region as a whole.