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Albania’s Delicate Balance in the Relations with North Macedonia

In general, in the debates on foreign policy in Albania, the relations with North Macedonia are less mentioned and discussed compared with those with Greece, Kosovo and Serbia. But these relations are as delicate and important as the other. In the relations with North Macedonia, Albania has to maintain a delicate balance between the support for North Macedonia’s territorial integrity and its Euro-Atlantic integration processes and on the other hand the support for the Albanian population in the neighboring country without seeming to interfere in the internal relations of another country.

LEDION KRISAFI, Ph.D Abstract: In general, in the debates on foreign policy in Albania, the relations with North Macedonia are less mentioned and discussed compared with those with Greece, Kosovo and Serbia. But these relations are as delicate and important as the other. In the relations with North Macedonia, Albania has to maintain a delicate balance between the support for North Macedonia’s territorial integrity and its Euro-Atlantic integration processes and on the other hand the support for the Albanian population in the neighboring country without seeming to interfere in the internal relations of another country. In a certain measure, Albania has largely succeeded in this attempt in the last three decades, but also it has done it by sacrificing a little its national interests. This paper begins at this point to describe and analyze the developments of the last years, especially since 2016 and after the coming to power of Zoran Zaev, in whose electoral success the Albanian government had its share. At the same time in this paper will be analyzed the economic relations between the two countries. They are both part of CEFTA2006, but this has failed to elevate these relations in another level. The reasons for this…

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