EPP Might Exclude VMRO-DPMNE from own Ranks

VMRO-DPMNE could be expelled from the European People’s Party (EPP) if it persisted with its non-constructive attitude towards the Prespa Agreement, EPP members say. The EPP is the largest and most influential political group in the European Union, bringing together almost all center-right parties of the EU member and candidate states. The EPP currently includes 77 parties and partners from 41 countries, the Presidents of the European Commission, the European Council, and of the European Parliament, 8 EU and 3 non-EU heads of state and government, 14 members of the European Commission and the largest Group in the European Parliament. The behaviour of the opposition VMRO-DPMNE has infuriated EPP top officials, party sources told media. Last Sunday, EPP President Joseph Daul had a phone conversation with opposition leader Hristijan Mickoski, warning him in ‘utterly undiplomatic manner’ that in case of VMRO-DPMNE failure to allow a democratic parliamentary debate on adoption of the Prespa Agreement, the party ‘would bear full responsibility for all consequences the country would face.’