North Macedonia, the EU, and NATO

FILE - North Macedonia's soldiers raise the NATO flag in front of the government building during a ceremony in Skopje, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Dragan Perkovksi)

North Macedonia’s diplomats are busy visiting European capitals to establish a process to allow North Macedonia rapid entry into the European Union (EU) and NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization). Their potential membership in these organizations raises two questions: what is the purpose of these entities and what is Greece’s best response to North Macedonia’s initiatives?

NATO was formed to contain the expansion of Soviet power in Europe.  Its lynchpin was that if the USSR attacked any NATO nation, all would respond.  …

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