Media Analysis Of Political Crisis and the Enlargement Policy of the European Union: Impact on European Integration Processes in Macedonia

    • Belgrade 2017
    • Presentation speakers
      • Liljana Siljanovska, South East European University, Tetovo


    The European scenario for the Macedonian case is completed with the meeting of the European Council in December 2014, without a discussion of the sixth European Commission recommendation to open accession negotiations to the European Union without the issue of the Greek blockade. In March and September 2016, Macedonia received the seventh and eight recommendation conditional on the successful completion of the political crisis and early legislative elections. The expansion of the Western Balkans remains the European agenda as a political commitment to the enlargement policy of the Union, whose general course of action in the coming years is that will not admit new members in the next five years, until 2020. The debate on the economic issues such as increasing competitiveness for economic growth in the EU countries and the reduction of unemployment and foreign policy issues for Russia and Ukraine, only express the partial approach in the implementation of certain policies of the European Union that could direct the candidate countries towards EU integration processes. Duality of the approach to resolve outstanding issues to individual EU policies and dual access to the political criteria for accession of new countries permit to treat certain candidate countries such as the Republic of Macedonia, in scientific circles’ open debates on political redefinition of Union on issues of rational, pragmatic application of the philosophy of expanding into the real policy of expansion. Through the analysis of media content, interviews with scientists and experts in European integration processes, this research confirms the thesis that the institutional and political crisis in the EU mediated by the unresolved Greek blockade affects the integration processes of Macedonia, or a date for starting negotiations accession membership.