Tag: merkel
Macedonia 14.09.21 | 20:14

Zaev talked to Merkel about the need to unblock Macedonia’s EU path, and about his Mini Schengen project

Zoran Zaev had a meeting with outgoing German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Tirana today, after which his office said that the Chancellor agreed that Macedonia should be allowed to continue with its EU integration. During her remarks, Merkel blamed nationalism in Bulgaria for blocking Macedonia, as well...

Macedonia Balkans 14.09.21 | 18:23

Merkel expresses sorrow Macedonia was not allowed to open its EU talks, says Europe is held hostage to nationalism

During her meeting with Balkan leaders in Tirana, Albania, outgoing German Chancellor Angela Merkel again expressed her sorrow that Macedonia and Albania were not allowed to open their EU accession talks. Merkel said that the two countries met the criteria to open the accession talks, but that the Bulgarian...

Macedonia 13.09.21 | 08:50

Merkel begins her Balkan tour, will skip Macedonia

Outgoing German Chancellor Angela Merkel begins her tour of the Balkans today, during which she will visit Serbia and Albania. Macedonia is not on the list. Zoran Zaev is expected to travel to Albania tomorrow, where he and other Balkan leaders will have a chance to meet with Merkle.

Macedonia 09.09.21 | 13:55

Merkel will skip Macedonia during her Open Balkan tour

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will do a tour of the Mini – Schengen/Open Balkan region near the end of her term in office, but will skip Macedonia. She will visit Belgrade and Tirana, and Zoran Zaev will travel to the latter destination for a meeting with her. Other Balkan leaders will also travel...

Macedonia 05.07.21 | 19:05

Merkel says that the Bulgarian veto against Macedonia was an unpredictable development in the Balkans

During an online meeting with the Balkan leaders, outgoing German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that the Bulgarian veto of Macedonia was one of the unforeseen developments in the region. Merkel discussed the long process of getting Macedonia to accept the Greek demands, and said that once this was done,...

World 16.01.21 | 14:42

Merkel loyalist named as leader of the CDU party

The ruling German CDU party appointed a Merkel loyalist to take over the party from her after 21 years. Armin Laschet will lead the party, and likely the Government, after Angela Merkel eventually retires. He narrowly beat the more conservative challenger Friedrich Merz for the position. Known as a supporter...

World 03.01.21 | 10:22

V4: Merkel’s potential successor takes stance against Wilkommenskultur

Friedrich Merz, the favourite for the CDU’s presidency, believes that the migration crisis should not be solved by Germany taking in more refugees. It is in stark contrast with incumbent party president Angela Merkel’s Wilkommenskultur. Citing articles from the Funke media group ZDF wrote...

Macedonia 01.09.20 | 16:55

Merkel congratulates Zaev, asks for continued commitment to reforms

German Chancellor Angela Merkel issued a statement congratulating Zoran Zaev on his re-appointment as Prime Minister of Macedonia. Merkel in her statement says that “North Macedonia” made progress this year toward opening EU accession talks and that the German Government supporters the goal...

Macedonia 10.06.20 | 16:40

Merkel and Macron urge the EU to prepare for the Second Wave

In a joint statement, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron called on the European Union to prepare for the Second Wave of the coronavirus epidemic. The letter is addressed to EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, and is also signed by the leaders of Poland, Spain,...

World 06.05.20 | 19:14

Merkel says that the first phase of the pandemic is over, but the threat will remain for a long time

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that the first phase of the fight against the coronavirus is now over, but that the epidemic may last for a very long time. This is just the beginning Merkel said as she announced the relaxation of some of the measures put in place to fight the virus. According to...

Macedonia 20.11.19 | 21:13

Merkel says it would not be good if Macedonia and Albania are left without an EU perspective

Chancellor Angela Merkel said that it would not be good if Macedonia and Albania are left without an EU perspective. Germany is prepared to discuss the French proposal to change the way in which new countries are added to the European Union, Merkel added, speaking at the EPP party conference in Zagreb....

Macedonia 14.11.19 | 11:51

“Merkel kept Macedonia coupled with Albania to avoid being labeled Islamophobic”

German Chancellor Angela Merkel reacted emotionally at the proposal to decouple Macedonia from Albania and said it would make the EU look Islamophobic, writes former Portugese State Secretary for Europe Bruno Macaes. Macedonia’s best chance to open EU accession talks in October was a stand-alone...

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 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 | 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...

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...

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