The Macedonian state owned news agency MIA reports that at least one other country was opposed to opening EU accession talks with Macedonia during the GAC ministerial summit in Luxembourg yesterday.
MIA cites “high level French diplomatic sources” who say that France was not alone in its opposition, but refused to name names. The Netherlands and Denmark were often mentioned as particularly opposed to opening accession talks with Albania, and Macedonia finds itself in a de facto group with Albania, which undermines the case it would make if standing alone alone. Unofficially, the countries who wanted to see Macedonia remain lumped with Albania include Germany, Italy and the Visegrad countries.
Still, MIA quotes also unnamed EU diplomats who insist that France is isolated on this issue and stands alone.