Tag: merkel
Macedonia 05.07.19 | 21:33

Merkel supports opening of EU accession talks with Macedonia in October

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that she supports the opening of EU accession talks with Macedonia, even with French objections that the Union should be deepened and reformed before any future enlargement. During the press conference at the Western Balkan summit in Poznan, Merkel agreed that the...

Macedonia 02.07.19 | 10:29

Merkel’s office assures Balkan countries about their EU perspective

The office of German Chancellor Angela Merkel claims that they stand firmly behind the European perspective of the Western Balkan countries. In a response to press inquiries by the Montenegrin Pobjeda daily, the Bundeskanzleramt says that the delays in opening EU accession talks with Macedonia and Albania...

World 21.06.19 | 14:05

Merkel denies wanting the EU top job, Slovakia wants V4 support for Sefcovic to become the next EU foreign policy chief

European leaders had difficulties dividing EU positions as a change of the guard is in order after the elections. During the press conference that followed the meetings of the European Council, German Chancellor Angela Merkel was repeatedly asked if she would change her mind and accept some of the leading...

Macedonia 21.06.19 | 13:53

Merkel promises to use all her political weight to ensure Macedonia opens accession talks in October

German Chancellor Angela Merkel promised to work for a positive decision so that Macedonia can open accession talks with the European Union in October. Merkel was asked about Macedonia’s prospects in Brussels, when European leaders refused Macedonia’s request to open accession talks this...

Macedonia 14.06.19 | 23:08

In a video address, Zaev says Merkel assured him that the Bundestag will approve EU accession talks in September

Zoran Zaev avoided the press following his meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday, but today he issued a video address on the matter. Zaev insists that Merkel assured him that Germany will approve the opening of EU accession talks with Macedonia in September. Zaev was initially hoping...

Macedonia 13.06.19 | 14:21

Zaev insists that Macedonia begins EU accession talks in September

In a press release from Zoran Zaev, issued after his meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, he repeated his claim that Merkel promised him a September date to open EU accession talks with Macedonia. Chancellor Merkel informed that the Bundestag will make its decision on opening EU accession talks...

Macedonia 13.06.19 | 14:00

As Zaev claims that EU accession talks begin in September, Merkel makes no such pledge

As Zoran Zaev claims that German Chancellor Angela Merkel promised that Germany will approve the opening of EU accession talks for Macedonia in September, the statement from the Bundeskanzleramt contains no such promise. Merkel made no statement before or after her meeting with Zaev this morning, and...

Macedonia 13.06.19 | 12:39

You promised!, Zaev tells Merkel

In an interview with the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Zoran Zaev reminds Germany that it made a promise to allow Macedonia to open accession talks if the name is changed. In the interview, published shortly before Zaev’s meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin, he also claims that he...

Macedonia 13.06.19 | 12:20

Zaev’s Government says Merkel promised him EU accession talks in September

Zoran Zaev concluded his meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel this morning, and left without making a statement, but his Government later informed that Merkel promised that Macedonia will open EU accession talks in September. A statement from Zaev is expected later in the day. The Prime Minister...

Macedonia 13.06.19 | 09:30

Zaev is having a crucial morning meeting with Merkel

In Berlin, Prime Minister Zoran Zaev is having a morning meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel, which should determine the next stage of political events in Macedonia. Zaev presented the meeting as the decisive moment when Germany will either push for Macedonia to open EU accession talks this summer,...

Macedonia 12.06.19 | 22:31

After his meeting with Merkel, Zaev will announce the next steps on Sunday

The SDSM party is set to hold a meeting on Sunday to decide on its next steps, guided by the outcome of the meeting Prime Minister Zoran Zaev will have with German Chancellor Angela Merkel tomorrow. With the highly likely loss of the expected date to open accession talks, Zaev placed his last hopes on...

Macedonia 12.06.19 | 10:33

Zaev admits accession talks will not begin in June, says it’s all up to Merkel now

Prime Minister Zoran Zaev conceded that Macedonia will not be given a date to open EU accession talks in June, but still held out hope for July, adding that it is “up to Merkel” to decide. We will probably have more detailed information after the meeting with Chancellor Merkel. I’m...

Macedonia 11.06.19 | 17:13

Zaev says his next steps will depend on Angela Merkel

During his press conference with Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis, Zoran Zaev said that the next politcal steps in Macedonia will depend on Angela Merkel. Zaev’s Government is in crisis as it becomes clear that the European Union will not approve the opening of accession talks in June –...

Macedonia 11.06.19 | 16:58

Outspoken Zaev supporter Ordanoski rails against “Merkel’s stab in the back”

In the latest sign of growing concern among SDSM circles over the denied EU accession date, one of the leading supporters of Zoran Zaev in the media, Saso Ordanoski, wrote a resentful comment about German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Ordanoski has long cultivated a public persona of someone who is in the...

Macedonia 07.06.19 | 16:55

Zaev will either resign or propose a new Government after his meeting with Merkel

Zoran Zaev announced that he will either resign or try to reconstruct his Government following a planned meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Zaev wouldn’t disclose the time and the place of the meeting, which is expected to bring some clarity in the dramatic political turnaround, as it...

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 11.01.19 | 20:51

Mitsotakis told Merkel his party will not vote for the Prespa treaty

Greek opposition leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis told German Chancellor Angela Merkel that the Prespa treaty will only create more problems in the Balkans and that his New Democracy party will remain firm and will not vote to ratify it in the Greek Parliament. I explained our positions on the Prespa agreement...