In complete disregard of its own charter, the EU has accepted France’s proposal, which fully supports Bulgaria‘s anti-Macedonian policy and makes Macedonia comply with Bulgaria’s demands as a condition of Macedonia’s EU membership*.
Bulgaria‘s demands include: Renunciation of the existence of the Macedonian minority in Bulgaria; the Macedonian language, nation and culture as a whole; Adopting official Bulgarian policy that all and everything Macedonians are “really Bulgarian”, reworking Macedonian history to deny that Bulgaria was an ally of Nazi Germany during World War II, occupied Macedonia and committed heinous war crimes against Macedonians, including expulsion by over 7,000 Macedonian Jews to the Treblinka death camp in Poland; and that Bulgaria is referred to as the “liberator” rather than the occupier of Macedonia.
The European Union is forced to condemn Bulgaria for the blatant violation of the EU Charter and the rights of Macedonians (which the European Court of Human Rights has found on 14 occasions) and to take measures to censure Bulgaria. Instead, it chose to follow its anti-Macedonian precedent, set with its support of Greek policy, to change Macedonia’s name to the highly offensive “North Macedonia” (to negate the ethnic identity of Macedonians and use the term “Macedonia”) to be handed over to Greece) and to deny the existence of the Macedonian minority in Greece, as well as the Macedonian nation, language, culture and history in their entirety.
In the so-called “French Proposal”, Emmanuel Macron fully supported Bulgaria’s demands and included them as a condition for Macedonia’s EU membership, which were then officially adopted by the European Union. EU Commissioner for Neighborhood and Enlargement Oliver Varhelyi announced:
“The EU takes all Bulgarian concerns very seriously and they are now part of the negotiation process. The moment for responsible decisions is now. The Western Balkans should be part of our European Union. Together we will be stronger.”
Macedonian Human Rights Movement International reminds Mr Varhelyi and the EU that Bulgaria’s “concerns”, as expressed by Ekaterina Zakharieva during her capacity as Bulgarian Foreign Minister and repeated daily by official Bulgaria:
“Our concerns stem from the never-ending calls for a Macedonian minority in Bulgaria. Recognizing Bulgarian roots would put an end to that.”
MHRMI asks if any EU country or parliamentarian would give up their own identity. We specifically ask if France would accept that its language and culture is “truly German”, that the Nazis “liberated” their country in World War II, and that the country’s new name is “West France”, and to all claims to everything French waived.
The EU would not expect France to accept blatant untruths, ridiculous historical revisionism and a fundamental denial of self-determination, nor Macedonia.
MHRMI reiterates its call to those genuinely interested in defending human rights to condemn the EU and NATO for their anti-Macedonian policies, to demand that Bulgaria and Greece be censured for violating Macedonians’ rights and justice To defend Macedonia on its own behalf, identity, culture, language and history.
* The MHRMI opposes Macedonia’s EU and NATO membership as these organizations openly disregard their “values of promoting democracy and human rights”.
Macedonian Human Rights Movement International (MHRMI) has been active in human rights and national legal issues for Macedonians and other oppressed peoples since 1986.