“North Macedonia and Albania are hoping to get an official date for the start of European Union membership talks by the end of the year.
Meanwhile, the Prespa Agreement removed the Greek obstacle. Now, North Macedonia’s Prime Minister Zoran Zaev is running into another obstacle in his country’s path to the much-coveted start date: a deal with Bulgaria,” writes Greek news outlet Kathimerini.
“What are the sticking points? One is the language, which they never recognized as “Macedonian,” viewing it as a dialect of Bulgarian. They also deem that the identity of the Slav citizens of North Macedonian is in fact Bulgarian, reports the Greek newspaper.
The Brussels Times published a similar article about the problem with Bulgaria.