Tag: Macron
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,...

Macedonia 17.10.19 | 18:28

Macron did not discuss his announced veto for Macedonia and Albania while arriving at the European Council

French President Emmanuel Macron did not address enlargement during his arrival at the European Council today, after he announced a veto for the opening of accession talks with Macedonia and Albania yesterday. Macron spoke to the press about the breakthrough in the Brexit negotiations, but did not say...

Macedonia 17.10.19 | 17:12

Von der Leyen regrets French decision to block Macedonia and Albania from opening EU accession talks

Speaking wih Politico, the next President of the European Commission Ursla von der Leyen said that she regrets the fact that there will likely not be a decision to open EU accession talks with Macedonia and Albania. I deeply regret it because I believe these countries have made enormous efforts to get...

Macedonia 16.10.19 | 22:09

Macron says NON: will not allow the opening of accession talks with Macedonia and Albania

French President Emmanuel Macron clearly announced that he will not allow the opening of EU accession talks with Macedonia. During the joint press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Macron compared the EU to a small, narrow house, which can’t accommodate new “friends”,...

Macedonia 14.10.19 | 15:49

Macedonian Government pins hopes on Finnish proposal to appease France

Macedonia is preparing for a crucial day tomorrow, when the European Council sits to discuss opening accession talks. European foreign ministers are gathering in Luxembourgh to prepare the European Council, and while their meeting is dominate by Brexit and the Syrian crisis, Macedonia and Albania are...

Macedonia 14.10.19 | 09:51

No word of any progress on enlargement after Merkel – Macron meeting

The meeting between Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel in Paris ended with no word on whether the two discussed EU enlargement. Macedonia and Albania hope to be allowed to open EU accession talks this week, but France remains adamantly opposed, demanding a complete reorganization of the enlargement process....

Macedonia 12.10.19 | 13:28

Merkel, Macron meeting last chance for Macedonia and Albania EU accession talks

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is set to meet French President Emmanuel Macron to discuss the upcoming European Council, in what may be the last chance to pressure Macron to relent on opening accession talks with Macedonia and Albania in October. France has briefed the press that it remains opposed...

World 11.10.19 | 23:10

Macron meets Orban to discuss the latest European Commission crisis

French President Emmanuel Macron spoke with Hungarian Prime Minsiter Viktor Orban today about the political crisis developing in the EU after his candidate for EU Commissioner Sylvie Goulard was rejected by the European Parliament. Orban earlier had the same issue with the Parliament, and the two leaders...

Macedonia 27.09.19 | 15:18

Ambassador Thimonier says that the final accession date decision is up to President Macron

In a rare optimistic statement, French Ambassador to Macedonia Christian Thimonier said that he is waiting for President Emmanuel Macron to give the green light for the opening of EU accession talks with Macedonia. Thimonier spoke a day after the German Bundestag approved the requested October date. Each...

Macedonia 03.07.19 | 22:05

Zaev tells Macron that the EU has no future without enlargement

Prime Minister Zoran Zaev replied to the announcement by French President Emmanuel Macron that France opposes EU enlargement until the Union has been reformed and deepened. Europe has no future without enlargement. I’m convinced that we will be given a date to open EU accession talks in October....

Macedonia 01.07.19 | 16:52

Macron rules out any enlargement until EU enacts deep reforms

French President Emmanuel Macron reiterated that there will be no enlargement of the European Union until the institutions are better integrated and a deeper EU is made capable of facing off its global rivals. This bodes badly for Zoran Zaev’s promise that, after his failure at the latest European...

Macedonia 28.06.19 | 15:04

Zaev’s “Macron adviser” has unpaid debts, lied that he lives in Paris, Milososki says

VMRO-DPMNE member of Parliament Antonio Milososki asked Zoran Zaev to confirm if it’s true that his foreign policy adviser Ljupco Zafirovski has outstanding debts in Macedonia and therefore collects his salary in neighboring Serbia. Zafirovski was appointed because of his alleged ties to the office...

Macedonia 21.06.19 | 11:26

The Telegraph: France is holding Macedonia hostage

The Telegraph blames France of holding Macedonia hostage and blocking its EU accession in order to promote its own position for a deeper, better integrated Union before any further enlargement. The French have shrunk our carrot. This is a slap in the face of “North Macedonia” which has done...

World 26.05.19 | 20:44

Le Pen beats Macron, Greens close in on Merkel

Early returns from the European elections show that the French RN party of right wing leader Marie Le Pen has won over the party of Emmanuel Macron. Le Pen is projected to win 24 percent of the votes, against 22.5 for Macron, who was also weakened by a good showing for the French Greens at 13 percent. The...

Macedonia 28.04.19 | 23:11

Zaev will plead with Macron for the opening of EU accession talks

Prime Minister Zoran Zaev will personally try to placate French President Emmanuel Macron tomorrow and plead that he allows Macedonia to open European Union accession talks during the summit in Berlin. Despite the imposed name change, France, the Netherlands and Denmark oppose the opening of EU accession...

World 26.12.18 | 09:46

French soldier faints during La Marseillaise after Macron speech

A soldier standing less than a meter away from Emmanuel Macron fainted as a group onstage sang the French anthem “La Marseillaise” after the president’s speech for the troops stationed in Chad, RT reported. The scene was captured by a live feed on Macron’s official Twitter account that broadcast...