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EU executive says membership talks should start with North Macedonia

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EU executive says membership talks should start with North Macedonia
FILE PHOTO: European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Commissioner Johannes Hahn speaks during an interview with Reuters at the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium January 18, 2018. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir   -   Copyright  Francois Lenoir(Reuters)
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BRUSSELS (Reuters) – North Macedonia should start membership negotiations to join the European Union, the European Commission formally recommended on Wednesday.

The recommendation followed a meeting of the Commission in Brussels, said Johannes Hahn, the EU commissioner in change of enlargement on Twitter. EU governments must agree to allow talks to start.

The ex-Yugoslav republic changed its name from Macedonia, this year opening the way to join NATO in 2020.

(Reporting by Robin Emmott; editing by Philip Blenkinsop)

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