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North Macedonia won't be joining the E.U. anytime soon. Did the E.U. lose its peak leverage?; Here's a look at what happened - and what it means for Europe and the Balkans.

Nov 14, 2019 - Washington Post Blogs

In October, French President Emmanuel Macron effectively blocked formal E.U. membership talks for North Macedonia. The accession setback for the tiny country with little more than 2 million people suggests much bigger issues within the European Union. As my doctoral research explains, this may be a missed opportunity for the E.U. to effect change in a country eager to join.

Despite its problems and challenges, the E.U. is still the club to join for many of Europe's eastern neighbors - E.U....