EU correspondent Sander van Hoorn:
“This is a very important step. Bulgaria seems to be the last EU country to agree to accession negotiations with Northern Macedonia. For a long time, the Netherlands and France blocked these talks with Northern Macedonia and Albania, because the countries have not yet ready … should be for.
Earlier, the Greeks opposed it because of disagreements over the name of Macedonia, a Greek region. After the country changed its name to Northern Macedonia, this blockade was lifted by Greece.
The question now is whether North Macedonia will agree to the French proposal. This will require some consultation, because of course they also have to deal with electoral considerations. France will want to mediate in this: the country will be president of the EU for another week, many may still arrive in such a week. “