Those poor Macedonians. Locked out of the European Union, retaining their democracy and currency, whatever will they do?
Labour MEP Richard Howitt is on the case however - championing the cause for Macedonia to join the EU. Those lucky, lucky people.
As if the hardship of the collapse of Yugoslavia wasn't enough for these people to go through, the likes of the Labour Party want to get Macedonia locked into another doomed superstate. I'm not sure whether pushing this cause amidst the EU's dramatic decline is more cheeky or plain, downright insanity.
This club is after all responsible for mass hardship in Greece (youth unemployment at 51.1%), declining economies in Italy, Portugal and Spain as well as its own rejection in the UK. Hardly a winning CV.
In Richard Howitt's own words: "for stability you need to keep moving forward". This lot want the EU to grow bigger and more powerful whatever the cost to individual member states and their people. Labour don't have a monopoly on this idiocy though: Cameron's Conservatives still champion Turkey's accession to the EU. What fun that will be with further open border chaos.
At least we haven't reached the stage of the lobbying of North African and Middle Eastern nations to join Brussels' declining empire, as David Miliband wants. Well not yet, anyway.