Tag: Macedonia
Macedonia 12.11.19 | 15:56

Vucic: Macedonia to get date for EU negotiations before April elections

After meeting with French counterpart Emmanuel Macron in Paris, Serbian President Zoran Zaec responding to journalists’ questions said he expected EU membership negotiations with Macedonia and Albania to open in March unless the Zagreb Summit is expected in May. They will do it in March, because...

Macedonia 08.11.19 | 21:05

Von der Leyen promises more assistance for Albania and Macedonia after Macron’s snub

The upcoming President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen announced that Macedonia and Albania will receive additional projects and assistance, as consolation after the two countries were denied the opening of EU accession talks by France. Albania and “North” Macedonia made enormous...

Macedonia 07.11.19 | 21:07

Macedonia didn’t get a date because of Albania, Macron tells “The Economist”

Following France’s veto on Macedonia at the October Summit, Macron announced in an interview with The Economist readiness to give our country a date for negotiations as early as the March summit, provided that both the Union and Macedonia deliver reforms. Macron is ready to give the green light...

Macedonia 07.11.19 | 19:56

Von der Leyen expects Varhelyi to continue supporting negotiations with Skopje and Tirana

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, in a letter sent to Enlargement Commissioner candidate Oliver Varhelyi, say she expects him to continue to push for opening negotiations with North Macedonia and Albania. Practice requires the elected president to send her commissioner candidates their...

Macedonia 25.10.19 | 12:05

Mucunski on Greek TV: We are Macedonians from Macedonia

I guarantee you that not even in my lifetime but even further on, no citizens of this country willingly or naturally will use the new name, VMRO-DPMNE’s international secretary Timco Mucunski told Greek Skai TV. Mucunski announced that the priority of this country with the formation of the new...

Macedonia 25.10.19 | 10:34

Economist: Europe showed “North Macedonians” the finger

“We pushed them to do it and then we showed them the finger”, an unnamed European diplomat told the Economist after the European Council’s defeat in Brussels. According to the Economist, the article titled “At French insistence, the Macedonians are left out in the cold”...

Macedonia 24.10.19 | 14:23

EP adopts resolution on start of negotiations with Macedonia and Albania

The European Parliament adopted the resolution on starting accession negotiations with Albania and Macedonia with 412 votes in favor, 136 against and 30 abstaining. The EU enlargement policy is the Union’s most effective foreign policy instrument, and further disintegration of that policy could...

Economy 24.10.19 | 12:03

Macedonia slips 7 places in World Bank’s Doing Business report

Macedonia slips 7 places in World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business report for this year. According to the latest report, Macedonia is ranked17th, while last year the country was 10th. The report assesses improvement in ease of doing business environments such as starting a business, dealing with...

Macedonia 24.10.19 | 11:50

Hahn: Frankly speaking after the decision of the EU Council, we are helpless

Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn again sharply criticized France’s negative stance and the European leaders’ refusal to make a decision to start accession negotiations with Macedonia and Albania, saying the consequences for both countries and the region could be disastrous. Hahn said...

Macedonia 24.10.19 | 10:02

Amendments proposed to delete that Macedonia was blocked by France, Denmark and the Netherlands

A total of 17 amendments have been proposed to the joint European Parliament resolution to be voted at noon. The resolution calls on member states to show responsibility for Macedonia and Albania and to unanimously make a positive decision to open negotiations at their next meeting, MIA’s correspondent...

Macedonia 24.10.19 | 09:36

EP to vote on Macedonia and Albania’s European fate at noon

European lawmakers at an extraordinary plenary session on the opening of negotiations with Macedonia and Albania strongly condemned the French veto at the EU summit on October 18, 2019, and demanded that the mistake be rectified as soon as possible. Discussions involving 40 members of the European Parliament...

Macedonia 24.10.19 | 09:15

Pompeo welcomes ratification of NATO Protocol in the Senate

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo welcomed the ratification of Macedonia’s NATO Accession Protocol in the Senate. Pleased the U.S. Senate approved the protocol on North Macedonia’s accession to NATO, underscoring our commitment to transatlantic security. We strongly support North Macedonia’s...

Macedonia 23.10.19 | 16:55

Vucic tells the Financial Times that the snub of Macedonia proves the EU is untrustworthy

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic told the Financial Times that the decision to deny the opening of EU accession talks for Albania and especially for Macedonia tells all Balkan countries that they can’t disregard ties with other powers and rely exclusively on the EU. Aleksandar Vucic also said...

Macedonia 23.10.19 | 10:34

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung: Macron says ‘no’, and a government is already falling apart

“Macron says ‘no’, and one government in the Balkans is already falling apart: If Europe needed proof that it still had political influence in the world, it could find it in Skopje right now,” German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) commented, Deutsche Welle reports. After...

Macedonia 19.10.19 | 11:24

US State Department disappointed over EU’s decision not to open accession negotiations with Macedonia, Albania

The U.S. State Department expressed disappointment at the EU’s failure to move forward on membership talks with Macedonia and Albania. The United States supports North Macedonia and Albania’s commitment to Transatlantic integration and aspiration to join the European Union. We are disappointed...

Macedonia 19.10.19 | 10:46

La Verita: Macron takes revenge on EU through Macedonia

Italian newspaper La Verita in its latest analysis claims that Macedonia is a collateral damage to the Macron-German conflict but also to the incompetence and corruption of Zaev and his government. The newspaper also announces new evidence of crime in the government led by SDSM and DUI. Here’s...

Macedonia 18.10.19 | 08:05

No agreement in Brussels, no date for Macedonia

European leaders could not agree on opening EU accession talks with Macedonia yesterday. Despite reports that politicians such as Donald Tusk and even Angela Merkel are pushing for the accession date, France remained firm in its opposition and the EUCO dinner ended without mention of enlargement in the...

Macedonia 17.10.19 | 13:27

RFE reporter in Brussels: No everyone was happy Macedonia, Albania to join EU

Rikard Jozwiak, Brussels reporter of Radio Free Europe wrote on Twitter that not everyone was happy to add Albania and Macedonia to the EUCO dinner agenda. French President Emmanuel Macron last night and German Chancellor Angela Merkel this morning lowered hopes ahead of the start of the EU summit...

Macedonia 17.10.19 | 09:33

Merkel’s “yes” also contains a big “but”

Although all eyes are on French President Emmanuel Macron, who is opposed to setting a date for opening negotiations with Macedonia and Albania, ie the EU enlargement, his opinion is shared by German Chancellor Angela Merkel. At least that is how the German Chancellor’s statement can be interpreted...

Macedonia 16.10.19 | 15:21

Politico: Macron will budge on Macedonia and Albania only if he can get something in exchange

“France was the only country opposing talks with North Macedonia,” Politico cites diplomatic sources. Another diplomat accused Paris of “acting already as if we were in a post-Brexit world where they think they can call all the shots.” According to some diplomats, France will only budge when...

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