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Macedonia 07.12.21 | 22:37

German FAZ reporter blasts Bulgarian demands that Macedonia rewrites its WW2 history

Writing in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, experienced German reporter from the Balkans Michael Martens writes that, if Macedonia accepts Bulgarian demands to rewrite its historic narrative, it will falsify history. In his article, Martens focuses on the Bulgarian demand that Macedonia plays down...

Macedonia 10.11.21 | 23:32

FAZ: After the Zaev example, there is no more EU enlargement policy in the Balkans

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung’s Balkans reporter Michael Martens predicts that, after the experience with Zoran Zaev, no other Balkan politician will be willing to hitch his wagon so closely to the European Union. Martens notes how Zaev made huge concessions so that Macedonia would be able to...

Macedonia 02.01.21 | 23:54

FAZ calls for alternatives to full EU membership for the Balkan countries

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung published highly critical comments for the EU enlargement policy from its Balkan correspondent Michael Martens. Martens asks whether it’s time to look for other forms of integration of the Balkans – more economic and less political, and cites Macedonia as the...

Macedonia 14.10.20 | 19:58

FAZ on Macedonia: The dispute with Bulgaria is about to surpass the dispute with Greece in its absurdity

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) journalist Michael Martens published a report on the latest pressure from Bulgaria, which threatens to block the opening of EU accession talks with Macedonia. The report, titled “You are not what you think you are” notes that Bulgaria is using the leverage...

Macedonia 21.08.20 | 11:54

FAZ compares the new power sharing agreement in Macedonia to that of Lebanon

The German Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung writes about the new coalition being put in place in Macedonia, declaring that it moves the consensual decision making a step further from the already high level of ethnic consensus that was required. As Zoran Zaev is scheduled to get an Albanian First Deputy...

Macedonia 28.04.19 | 14:03

Used to adoring reports, a rare voice of criticism makes Pendarovski get testy against a German journalist

Michael Martens, Balkan correspondent for the German Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, responded with a tongue in cheek comment after SDSM – DUI presidential Stevo Pendarovski called him out for a critical article he published. Several days ago Martens wrote an article outlining claims by Greek politicians...

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