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While the world's attention is rightly focused on fighting the spread of the coronavirus and preparing to deal with the devastating socio-economic consequences of the pandemic, there are other important things that are going on in the world. NATO expanded to 30 members through the admission of North Macedonia. Without the coronavirus crisis, this would be important international news, and the flag raising ceremony at NATO headquarters in Brussels would have been a more solemn event.

Despite the corona virus crisis, this was a historic event for NATO, North Macedonia and the Western Balkans, which is existentially linked to NATO. It is inconceivable what this region would be like if NATO had not been involved in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1995 and later in Kosovo in 1999.

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