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Balkans set for fresh turmoil after Macedonia vote fails

Possibility that Parliament may be dissolved and country's admission to EU, Nato delayed

Europe's Balkans - a key pathway for organised crime and illegal immigration into the continent - have been plunged into further uncertainty after a referendum in Macedonia failed to approve a deal which would have allowed the country to join the European Union and the US-led Nato military alliance.

EU politicians are scrambling to reassure Macedonia and its immediate neighbours that the referendum's failure represents merely a setback rather than a terminal blow to regional security arrangements. But the sense of deep disappointment is keenly felt in many European capitals.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 02, 2018, with the headline 'Balkans set for fresh turmoil after Macedonia vote fails'. Print Edition | Subscribe