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Elephants in Skopje – Balkan turtle race and Ukraine

17 July 2022

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It warned: “The rewriting of the history of part of the Bulgarian people after 1944 is among the pillars of the anti-Bulgarian ideological construction of Yugoslav totalitarianism.” But the paper also charts a path to address this problem. [...] Bulgaria would therefore now demand “the strict and full implementation of the letter and spirit” of this treaty: “Bulgaria will insist that the text of the conclusions of the General Affairs Council [meeting of EU foreign ministers] on 15 October 2019 should reflect unequivocally that the implementation of the Neighbourhood Treaty will form part of the conditionality applicable in the membership. [...] It appears in near identical wording in the second document, the draft EU opening statement prepared for the first IGC: “In this regard, we welcome the agreement on the protocol from the second meeting of the Joint Intergovernmental Commission established under article 12 of this Treaty. [...] The real protection of the Bulgarian interests, of our cultural and historical heritage, of the rehabilitation of the victims and the termination of the process of demoralization, depends on the content of the bilateral protocol.“ This protocol, according to Radev, needed to include “actions, mechanisms and deadlines and criteria.” Does it? By the end of June nobody knew for sure. [...] And with your new government … now is the time to speed up your integration with the EU.” At the same time the European Union could send a strong signal to the whole region: any European democracy that meets the criteria, including respect for human rights and the rule of law, as assessed by the European Commission in its annual reports, should gain access to the European Single Market and to the.

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