Tuesday, 28 March 2023
President Radev cited Macedonia’s discrimination of Bulgarians as he explained his veto policy to German President Steinmeier
Bulgarian President Rumen Radev met with German President Frank Walter Steinmeier, with the dispute with Macedonia as one of the main issues. Radev told Steinmeier that he expects active, high level dialogue in Macedonia during which the open issues will be resolved before Bulgaria will lift its veto...
Austrian President Van der Bellen in a diplomatic mission between Macedonia and Bulgaria
Austrian President Alexander van der Bellen launched a push to try to get Bulgaria to lift its veto against Macedonia’s EU accession talks. Bellen had lengthy phone conversations with Zoran Zaev and with Bulgarian President Rumen Radev yesterday afternoon. The push comes ahead of the European Council...
Radev: Macedonia’s EU accession talks won’t depend on the new Bulgarian Parliament, but on steps Macedonia must take
A day before the early general and presidential elections in Bulgaria, President Rumen Radev said that Macedonia will be allowed to open its long awaited EU accession talks if it “roots out hate speech against Bulgaria and stops systemically destroying the Bulgarian cultural heritage”. Rhetoric...
Zaev: I’ve never seen Merkel and Macron so determined to help resolve our issue with Bulgaria
I’ve never seen Merkel and Macron so determined, said Zoran Zaev after the failed EU – Balkans summit, where Bulgaria not only refused to allow Macedonia to open its accession talks, but actually added hardline demands against the country. I’ve never seen Chancellor Merkel and President...
Zaev insisted he brings “regards from Radev” to Macedonia while the Bulgarian President was issuing his list of hardline demands
Only hours after Bulgarian President Rumen Radev delivered a long list of strict demands that Bulgaria wants Macedonia to implement, Zoran Zaev tried to present his visit to Slovenia as a major success, and even said he carries “regards from President Radev” during a rally. Shortly before...
EU veto: Bulgaria states its short term and long term demands from Macedonia
The result of the much awaited meetings between Zoran Zaev and Bulgarian President Rumen Radev, mediated by Merkel, Macron, Michel, Jansa and Varhelyi, the Bulgarian position toward Macedonia has gotten significantly harder and more intrusive. In a lengthy interview from Slovenia, President Radev outlined...
Bulgarian President Radev gives Zaev a long list of strict demands ahead of their meeting in Slovenia
Bulgarian President Rumen Radev, who attends the EU – Balkan summit in Slovenia, issued a list of strict and all-encompassing demands aimed at Macedonia, which will determine whether Bulgaria will lift its veto against Macedonia’s EU accession talks. Radev demanded that Macedonia ensures...
Bulgaria responds to Commissioner Varhelyi’s visit with increased criticism of Macedonia
Bulgarian authorities would not budge after the visit of EU Enlargement Commissioner Oliver Varhelyi, who tried to intervene on Macedonian behalf. Varhelyi met with Bulgarian President Rumen Radev and Prime Minister Svetlan Stoev. Radev responded that Bulgaria “does not trust empty promises”...
Radev tells Zaev not to expect Bulgaria’s policy toward Macedonia to change after the election
On the day of the early elections in Bulgaria, President Rumen Radev told Zoran Zaev not to expect Bulgarian policy toward Macedonia to change with a change in Government. Bulgarian policy does not depend on who is in power and what the Parliament will look like. It will depend on the having an open...
Zaev will go to Sofia next week to plead his case with President Radev
The one concrete outcome of the NATO summit is that Zoran Zaev will visit Bulgaria next week, to again ask for the opening of EU accession talks. Zaev met with Bulgarian President Rumen Radev in Brussels – as Radev is the only leading Bulgarian official with a mandate in the period between ahead...
Zaev will meet with President Radev at the NATO summit in Brussels, for a new attempt to get Bulgaria to lift its veto
Zoran Zaev will meet with Bulgarian President Rumen Radev at the NATO summit in Brussels, in a new attempt to get Bulgaria to lift its veto of Macedonia’s EU accession talks. Zaev is in Brussels for Macedonia’s first NATO summit as a full member, but the occasion is overshadowed with the...
Blinken pushed Bulgarian President Radev on the Macedonian veto
American Secretary of State Anthony Blinken spoke on the phone with Bulgarian President Rumen Radev, and raised the issue of Bulgaria’s veto of Macedonia’s EU accession talks. The conversation comes as the State Department spokesman made a statement urging the EU countries to allow Macedonia...
Bulgaria plans to invite Macedonian pupils for vacation and educational programs
Bulgarian President Rumen Radev announced a donation of vaccines to Macedonia, as the country is running out, and proposed an initiative to have children from both countries take joint vacations and get to know each other better. These public diplomacy moves are announced after the joint trip by Radev...
Radev rejected Pendarovski’s idea of adding neutral historians to the Macedonian – Bulgarian commission
Bulgarian President Rumen Radev dismissed the idea that neutral foreign interlocutors are included in the talks between Macedonia and Bulgaria. Radev made the statement after the honoring of Ss. Cyril and Methodius in Rome, which he attended alongside President Pendarovski. We have no need of other European...
Pendarovski is happy that at least Radev is not openly insulting Macedonia as their joint flight to Rome brings no initial results
The Presidents of Macedonia and Bulgaria, Stevo Pendarovski and Rumen Radev, had a brief meeting at the Skopje airport today before they flew together, on Radev’s plane, to Rome for the annual honoring of Ss. Cyril and Methodius. With the relations between the two countries at a low, after Bulgaria’s...
Bulgarian President Radev insists that Macedonia’s path to the EU goes through Sofia
Days before heading with President Pendarovski for a joint Macedonian – Bulgarian honoring of Ss. Cyril and Methodius in Rome, Bulgarian President Rumen Radev warned Macedonia that “its path to the EU leaders through Bulgaria”. Radev said that he is facing increased “interest” from EU countries...
Bulgaria will place a monument to Ss. Cyril and Methodius in the city of Dimitrovgrad in Serbia
Bulgarian President Rumen Radev will travel to the Serbian city of Dimitrovgrad on Sunday to unveil a monument to Ss. Cyril and Methodius and to discuss the position of the Bulgarian minority in Serbia with President Aleksandar Vucic. Bulgaria, which is blocking Macedonia’s EU accession talks over...
Zaev is hoping that Bulgarian President Radev can deliver, promises him victory in the next elections if he does
A flurry of activity is expected in the coming days as EU officials led by Portugal and German diplomats will try to get Bulgaria to allow Macedonia to open its EU accession talks, together with Albania. This would avoid the threat of having Albania advance alone which would inflict a major humiliation...
Bulgarian President Radev will give Pendarovski a ride for a joint trip to Rome to honor Ss. Cyril and Methodius
The Presidents of Macedonia and Bulgaria, Stevo Pendarovski and Rumen Radev, will travel together to the celebration of Ss. Cyril and Methodius in Rome on May 24th. Bulgaria insists on joint honoring of the medieval saints who spread Christianity through the Slavic world, and whose “ownership”...
Sekerinska condemns Bulgarian President Radev’s plan to use his intelligence agencies to improve the position of Bulgarians in Macedonia
Defense Minister Radmila Sekerinska criticized Bulgarian President Rumen Radev for his announcement that he will use the security and intelligence agencies to respond to the violation of human rights of Bulgarians in Macedonia. Asked about the latest escalation in the dispute between the two countries,...
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