Tag: Macron
Balkans 17.10.23 | 20:17

Macron suspends visa liberalisation for Kosovo, says they failed to keep their word

French President Emmanuel Macron said that Kosovo gave its word and failed to keep it – as explanation for his decision to block the long awaited visa liberalisaton for the country. The Kosovan Government badly deteriorated its relations with its key Western allies, after Prime Minister Kurti refused...

Macedonia 01.09.23 | 20:15

Pendarovski also tries to soften Macron’s blow against Macedonia’s prospects to join the EU

After an attempt from Prime Minister Dimitar Kovacevski – Kovacevski comes with a novel spin on Macron’s announcement of a “multi-speed Europe” – today President Stevo Pendarovski also tried to explain what French President Emmanuel Macron meant when he recently announced that he wants...

Balkans 30.08.23 | 19:44

Under Macron’s plan, Balkan countries would sit in the EU, but won’t have the right to vote

Austrian Europe Minister Karoline Edtstadler discussed the proposal from French President Emmanuel Macron to create different tiers of EU member states, before any Balkan country is allowed to join the EU. Unlike Austria, which is enthusiastic about bringing new countries to the EU, France is a deep...

Macedonia 29.08.23 | 12:42

SPM: The Macedonian diplomacy’s incompetence is worrying, hence the PM’s public self-shaming

The Socialist Party of Macedonia reacts to the “unfortunate and frivolous statements” by Kovachevski, delivered at the Bled Strategic Forum this weekend. The party complains that, instead of gaining an additional motive to fight for his country from the content of the Bled Agreement from...

Macedonia 29.08.23 | 12:02

If the EU ever enlarges toward West Balkan, it will be with one seat and no voting rights

Following French President Emanuel Macron and the European Council Chairperson Jean Michelle’s statements it becomes clear what direction the EU enlargement with the Balkan region will take. What is really important is that we have to forget about membership in 2030 – it was but a tasty ЕУ...

Macedonia 28.08.23 | 20:29

Macron pours cold water on the Government’s promises of an open path to the EU

French President Emmanuel Macron poured cold water on the latest attempt of the DUI – SDSM led Government to insist that Macedonia has a unique opportunity to join the EU, if only she accepts the latest demand for national concessions. Speaking at a gathering of the French ambassadors, Macron discussed...

Macedonia 01.06.23 | 08:31

Kovacevski-Macron: France wants to see North Macedonia make progress and join EU

Prime Minister Dimitar Kovachevski met Wednesday in Bratislava with French President Emmanuel Macron, discussing the European Union enlargement process and Macedonia’s EU integration. President Macron saluted the Government’s commitment to the European agenda, highlighting that France would...

World 15.04.23 | 09:20

Orban supports Macron’s position following his visit to China

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban came out in support of French President Emmanuel Macron, and his attempt to defuse tensions with China. Macron said that the EU should not automatically follow the US foreign policy and should maintain some level of independence. Macron is not creating enemies, he...

Macedonia 19.05.22 | 15:17

Mickoski on the Macron initiative – If it includes the Bulgarian demands, it would lead to our full capitulation and assimilation

VMRO-DPMNE President Hristijan Mickoski warned that, if the proposal made by French President Emmanuel Macron includes accepting key Bulgarian demands, it will not be adopted in Macedonia. Macron yesterday spoke with the prime ministers of Macedonia and Bulgaria, and with Bulgarian President Radev. Radev...

Macedonia 18.05.22 | 21:53

Macron intervention in the dispute between Macedonia and Bulgaria

French President Emmanuel Macron is personally intervening in the dispute between Macedonia and Bulgaria. Macron today spoke on the phone with the two prime ministers – Dimitar Kovacevski and Kiril Petkov, as well as with Bulgarian President Rumen Radev. The French President reminded them of his...

Macedonia 11.05.22 | 15:25

Macedonian Government thinks Macron’s new EU strategy won’t apply to us

The Kovacevski Government sees the initiative from French President Emmanuel Macron as a welcome alternative for countries such Ukraine and Georgia, while Macedonia continues to demand full EU membership. Macedonia has the support of its European partners who believe we need to begin our accession talks...

Macedonia 10.05.22 | 21:38

EU says still no change to the accession process, even after President Macron outlined a radical vision

European Commission officials said that the process of EU accession will continue as it is designed now, regardless of the call from French President Emmanuel Macron for a two-tier EU, under which Macedonia would likely end up in the external, loosely integrated group of countries. An European Commission...

Macedonia 10.05.22 | 09:47

Macron raises prospect of a two-tier Europe, that would likely leave Macedonia on the outside

French President Emmanuel Macron raised the prospect of a two-tier Europe, a core of closely integrated countries, and a broader periphery, where Macedonia will likely end up. The outer circle would include eastern European countries like Ukraine and Georgia, as well as the UK. The announcement came...

Macedonia 17.12.21 | 14:32

The promised French push to help Macedonia open its EU accession talks came to nothing

The outcome of the European Council, where Macedonia was again denied the right to open its EU accession talks, shows that Zoran Zaev was misleading the public when he was announcing a new French initiative to break the deadlock with Bulgaria. The announcements were leaked several months ago, and were...

Macedonia 09.12.21 | 22:34

Macron denies Macedonia any hope for an accession date in December – he will push for a Balkan summit in June instead

French President Emmanuel Macron, who takes over the rotating Presidency of the European Council, announced that he will convene a summit on the Western Balkan countries in June. This indicates that there is little hope that Macedonia will be allowed to open EU accession talks in December, as the Zaev...

Macedonia 12.11.21 | 19:36

Borisov warns that France will force Bulgaria to compromise on Macedonia

Former Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov, who initiated the policy of vetoing Macedonia’s EU accession talks in exchange for concessions, and who now faces a difficult electoral battle, said that he fears the EU will force Bulgaria to give up on some of its demands. Borisov was talking about...

Macedonia 10.07.21 | 09:00

Zaev: When I speak, Biden, Merkel and Macron take notes

During an SDSM party event in Valandovo, Zoran Zaev insisted that he is a highly respected leader in Europe and the world, and that top foreign statesmen “take notes” when he speaks. We are a smaller country, but they listen to us, take notes of our positions and recommendations for NATO...

Macedonia 11.06.21 | 20:41

VIDEO: Zaev tries to address Macron en Francais

Zoran Zaev’s visit to France was an opportunity for another exercise in linguistics. Zaev’s prowess in Serbian and English is already legendary, but in France, it is required to utter at least a few words in broken French before switching to (Tarzan) English, which Zaev did after his opening...

Macedonia 10.06.21 | 22:56

Macron tells Zaev that he now supports opening EU accession talks with Macedonia

French President Emmanuel Macron, who blocked Macedonia from opening EU accession talks in 2019, came out in favor of opening the talks this year. Macron invited Zoran Zaev for a dinner in Paris this evening, and said that “it is time to act on this decision and we will work to find a solution...

Macedonia 10.06.21 | 19:34

Zaev will meet with Macron as part of his EU accession talks push

Zoran Zaev will meet with French President Emmanuel Macron for a dinner in Paris, during which he will push for the opening of EU accession talks. The visit was announced as Zaev is on a diplomatic push, which took him to Brussels twice, then to Ankara and currently to Tirana. The dinner is scheduled...

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