Tag: Macron
Macedonia 10.12.19 | 14:36

Pendarovski says he offered Macron troops for Mali and the option to expel future EU members

In an interview with the Sueddeutsche Zeitung, President Stevo Pendarovski says that he offered French President Emmanuel Macron the option to expel future EU members if they backslide in their democratic commitments. The proposal is part of Macedonia’s desperate push to have its request to open...

Macedonia 06.12.19 | 10:58

Tusk says Macron made a “huge mistake” when he vetoed Macedonia

In his Guardian interview, former European Council President Donald Tusk says that it was a huge mistake that French President Emmanuel Macron vetoed Macedonia and Albania from opening EU accession talks. I think it was just strategically and politically a huge mistake to say no … after so many efforts...

Macedonia 04.12.19 | 18:36

President Macron strongly rejects opening EU talks with Macedonia before his reforms are complete

French President Emmanuel Macron told the Macedonian Information Agency that France was not alone in blocking Macedonia from opening the UE accession talks in OCtober, but that he is willing to take the role of the “bad guy”. Speaking after the London NATO summit, Macron repeated his position...

World 03.12.19 | 20:47

France pushing to redefine NATO

The NATO summit in London is being derailed by the open disputes between member states, mainly France and Turkey whose leaders exchanged harsh words. US President Donald Trump was also highly critical of French President Emmanuel Macron, who called for greater European independence in security matters,...

Macedonia 27.11.19 | 15:47

After his veto for Macedonia and Albania, Macron is now preparing work and travel restrictions?

Bloomberg reports that French President Emmanuel Macron has new moves planned in what the agency calls his push to “take control of Europe”. One of the steps, according to Bloomberg, was to block the opening of EU accession talks with Macedonia and Albania and to overall stop the future enlargement...

World 19.11.19 | 17:56

Stoltenberg will speak to Macron about his “NATO brain death” comment

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg is due to meet French President Emmanuel Macron to discuss his comment that the Alliance has entered a “brain death” phase. Stoltenberg worked hard to appease US President Donald Trump in the importance of NATO, only to have the leader of a key European...

Macedonia 12.11.19 | 16:45

Pendarovski says he received no guarantees from Macron, and that he offered a model under which Macedonia could be expelled from the EU even after joining

President Stevo Pendarovski said that he received no guarantees from French President Emmanuel Macron that Macedonia will be allowed to open EU accession talks soon. Pendarovski met with Macron at the Peace Forum in Paris, after the French President vetoed Macedonia and Albania at the October European...

Macedonia 07.11.19 | 14:21

Hahn warns of great consequences if the Balkans are not integrated, while Zaev sees an opportunity in Macron’s plan

Outgoing EU Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn warned about great consequences to the credibility of the Union if Macedonia and Albania are denied the opening of accession talks at the next European Council meeting. Speaking before the AFET Committee of the European Parliament, Hahn said that the...

Macedonia 07.11.19 | 13:36

Macron declared NATO “brain-dead”, says Europe is “on a precipice”

French President Emmanuel Macron, who has is carving out a growing role for himself in European politics and who recently vetoed Macedonia and Albania from opening EU accession talks, gave a blunt interview to the Economist. In it, he declares NATO “brain-dead” while Europe is on the “edge...

Macedonia 04.11.19 | 11:59

Zaev unhinged: Claims that Macron is sorry for his historic mistake, accuses VMRO of plotting with third parties against Macedonia

As pro-SDSM media outlets launched a fake news campaign meant to falsely portray the opposition VMRO-DPMNE party as being in the pay of Russia, a move which the SDSM party said is not its doing, Prime Minister Zoran Zaev repeated similar claims during a rally in Strumica. How an outgoing government...

Macedonia 01.11.19 | 22:49

“People in the Balkans are not stupid, they know they are not wanted in the EU”

French expert on the Balkans Loic Tregoures writes that his country should have “the decency” to tell the Balkan countries if it is really adopting a position of no further enlargement of the EU. Tregoures wrote a comment for the Atlantic Council, responding to the decision by President Emmanuel...

Macedonia 31.10.19 | 18:29

In response to the French veto, Reeker says that some EU leaders have a 19th century view of the Balkans

US diplomat Philip Reeker criticized the French veto against Macedonia and Albania by saying that some European leaders have 19th century views of the Balkans. It is disappointing to see certain leaders with a sort of 19th century view of the Western Balkans region and we hope that that’s just...

Macedonia 29.10.19 | 10:59

Naumovski calls on Zaev supporters to tone down their attacks on France, President Macron, Ambassador Thimonier

International law professor and former Macedonian Ambassador to the US Vasko Naumovski called on the public, especially those from the Zaev camp, to tone down their public displays of anger aimed at France, its President Emmanuel Macron and its Ambassador to Macedonia Christian Thimonier. Angry Zaev...

Macedonia 27.10.19 | 18:55

Zaev says he has arguments to persuade Macron to change his mind

Prime Minister Zoran Zaev is now claiming that he has the arguments on his side to persuade French President Emmanuel Macron to lift his veto on the opening of EU accession talks. In an interview, Zaev announced that this will be his strategy after the humiliating defeat in Brussels, where France blocked...

Macedonia 26.10.19 | 11:22

Greek diaspora associations grateful to Macron for blocking Macedonia’s EU accession talks

An association of Greek diaspora organizations expressed its gratitude to French President Emmanuel Macron for vetoing the opening of EU accession talks with Macedonia. We are proud Greeks with origins from the northern region of Greece, Macedonia – a place that has always been an integral part of...

Macedonia 25.10.19 | 00:15

Tout est perdu: With nothing left to lose, Zaev supporters launch a fusillade at French Ambassador Thimonier

The brutally honest press conference French Ambassador Christian Thimonier gave today caused as shockwave in Macedonia. Thimonier fielded often hostile questions from the press as he explained the reasons behind the veto France used to block Macedonia from opening the EU accession talks. He insisted...

Macedonia 24.10.19 | 21:05

France will propose EU partnership but not membership for the Balkans

French President Emmanuel Macron, who blocked the opening of EU accession talks with Macedonia and Albania, is looking into the idea of offering all Balkan countries a partnership deal with the EU which would fall short of full membership, Serbian media are reporting. While Macedonia and Albania were...

Macedonia 22.10.19 | 10:05

Zaev says he will “tone down” his EU optimism, mocks Macron for vetoing accession talks

Prime Minister Zoran Zaev said he will travel to Rome in November, following the initiative from Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte to raise the issue of EU enlargement again, but said he will “tone down” his optimism this time. Zaev also mocked French President Emmanuel Macron, for his...

Macedonia 18.10.19 | 15:33

I support Prespa, Macron said in 2018

French President Emmanuel Macron was a reluctant supporter of the Prespa treaty. Unlike Merkel, May, Mogherini and James Mattis, in 2018 did not come to Macedonia to call on the public to vote in favor of the “new name”. Macron sent out a video message, and even that only days before the...

Macedonia 18.10.19 | 00:17

European leaders remain deadlocked in talks over Macedonia and Albania

European leaders are engaged in discussions over whether to allow Macedonia and Albania to open EU accession talks. French President Emmanuel Macron reportedly stands opposed to accession talks until his request for a serious reform and deepening of the EU, as well as changes to the enlargement process,...

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