Tag: merkel
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...

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...

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