North Macedonia’s PM: We will look for alternatives to EU blockade

Zaev talked about the chances of resolving the dispute with Bulgaria. [EPA-EFE/JOHN THYS / POOL]

There is great disappointment and trauma among the citizens after the blockade of Macedonia’s European path, but the country will not look for alternatives, Prime Minister Zoran Zaev told DW’s Conflict Zone in an interview.

In the interview, Zaev talked about the chances of resolving the dispute with Bulgaria, the upcoming census, corruption in the country and the danger to the region if delays in EU integration continue.

“There is no alternative for us than the only one: Macedonia’s EU membership. And the pact for Europeanisation of our country is the most precious, the most important for all our citizens,” said the prime minister.

“Every country deserves to be judged by its results. I wish success and luck to our western neighbour, Albania, to continue on that path if this blockade from Bulgaria continues,” he added.

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