13 Apr 2015

The Worsening Crisis in Macedonia – Waiting for EU leadership

Erwan Fouéré

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Erwan Fouéré recounts in this Commentary the latest scandal in Macedonia involving a vast wiretapping operation that provides evidence of alleged corruption by a government that seems to ignore due process and operates by its own rules. He warns that if the EU lets this pass, it will reflect a serious failure of leadership on the part of both the EU and the member states. Furthermore, it would be a terrible blow to government accountability and respect for the rule of law in the Balkan region, undermining the EU's own policy of putting the rule of law at the heart of its enlargement policy.

The author is Associate Senior Research Fellow at CEPS.