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Gruevski led Government achieved best economic results, reforms, seven recommendations to open EU accession talks, conditions to join NATO

In an interview with the Croatian Television, Deputy Prime Minister Nikola Poposki said that it is difficult to say at this point whether Macedonia will go to another round of early elections, or some kind of Government would be formed. Poposki said that past experience has shown that it is best to have a Government with a clear political mandate to make decisions.

“The economic aspect is probably our main motivator to stabilize the situation quickly. The political crisis has likely slowed down our economic growth, which was among the highest in the region, and remains strong, but we could have achieved more if the crisis is ended. One key part of closing down the crisis were the successful general elections in December. At this point it is difficult to guess what kind of a Government would be formed, or if we would decide to hold another early elections. Practice has shown us that a successful Government is one which has a political mandate to make decisions”, said Poposki. His VMRO-DPMNE party supports holding new elections, against other proposals such as forming a broad coalition.

Asked about allegations that the Government he serves has brought down media freedoms and has confronted with political opponents, Poposki says that these issues are being abused a lot.

“We need to look at the matters realistically, and not abuse them and take the sides of one or another political option. The Nikola Gruevski led Government achieved the best economic results so far, implemented reforms, was able to receive six, practically seven subsequent recommendations to open European Union accession talks and accomplished all conditions to join NATO in 2008. If this was an unsuccessful Government, if there were no democratic processes, how could we have achieved so much and received all those recommendations? If the name issue was resolved, Macedonia would have been a member of NATO and would have started European Union accession talks, and it is a legitimate point to say that we wouldn’t have been in this difficult political crisis”, Poposki said, blaming the Greek imposed dispute over the name for deepening divisions in Macedonia.

Asked about his meetings at the Munich Security Conference and whether Macedonia is one of the potential crisis points in the region of the Balkans, Poposki underlined that the lack of integration in the region is what drives instability.

“Probably the greatest guarantee for the region is if all its countries are members of the European Union, and all those who want to, are members of NATO. I would not say that Macedonia stands aside from other countries, but I can say that we can feel the frustration from the delayed NATO membership, that was supposed to happen in 2008, and the fact that EU accession talks were not opened in 2009″, Poposki said. He added that Croatia can be one of the best spokesmen for Macedonian integration in NATO and the EU, as a regional country which has been through the same process, and on the importance to continue accession talks while bilateral disputes are being resolved.