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Macedonia 18.10.19 | 19:33

Prime Minister Zaev runs consultations on the next steps at all levels

Intensive consultations are ongoing following the conclusions of the European Council, Prime Minister Zaev makes decisions based solely on the interests of the citizens and the state. He is running intensive consultations at various levels throughout the day, taking into account the conclusions reached...

Macedonia 18.10.19 | 12:40

Defeated, Zaev flies back from Brussels, considers his options – including resignation

  Prime Minister Zoran Zaev flew back from Brussels following his defeat at the European Council, which did not approve the opening of EU accession talks in October. The state run MIA news agency described the situation in the Government as one of on-going political consultations and analyzing different...

Macedonia 18.10.19 | 08:05

No agreement in Brussels, no date for Macedonia

European leaders could not agree on opening EU accession talks with Macedonia yesterday. Despite reports that politicians such as Donald Tusk and even Angela Merkel are pushing for the accession date, France remained firm in its opposition and the EUCO dinner ended without mention of enlargement in the...

Macedonia 17.10.19 | 17:12

Von der Leyen regrets French decision to block Macedonia and Albania from opening EU accession talks

Speaking wih Politico, the next President of the European Commission Ursla von der Leyen said that she regrets the fact that there will likely not be a decision to open EU accession talks with Macedonia and Albania. I deeply regret it because I believe these countries have made enormous efforts to get...

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 16.10.19 | 16:31

France demands additional reforms, including a solution on the Special Prosecutor’s Office

French Secretary of State for Europe Amelie de Montchalin, who was hard pressed to explain her decision to veto Macedonia’s request to open its accession talks in October, came out with an explanation that “no one said no” either Albania or Macedonia. France has a position that the...

Macedonia 15.10.19 | 18:43

No decision in Luxembourg – Macedonia and Albania did not get an EU accession talks date

European Union ministers failed to reach agreement on opening accession talks with Macedonia and Albania in face of strong opposition from France. Finnish European Affairs Minister Tytti Tuppurainen said that “unfortunately there were few member states that were hesitant and one member state that...

Macedonia 15.10.19 | 11:33

French State Secretary ahead of EU Council meeting: We will discuss two dimensions – opening negotiations and reform of negotiation process

Today I am not here to defend the position of a veto. We will discuss two dimensions – opening of accession negotiations by a prepared Europe and a reform of the negotiations process, French State Secretary for European Affairs Amelie de Montchalin said ahead of the General Affairs Council on...

Macedonia 14.10.19 | 22:46

No good news from Luxembourg: France’s position remains unchanged

No progress has been made in the EU member states’ positions on opening negotiations with Albania and Macedonia after Monday’s ambassadorial meeting in Luxembourg. France’s position remains unchanged regarding the negotiations with Tirana and Skopje. Paris considers that more time is...

Macedonia 13.10.19 | 22:49

EU accession date grows distant, as Macedonia seen as lagging in its reforms

In an interview with Alfa TV, VMRO-DPMNE deputy president Aleksandar Nikoloski says that the expectations from the European Council are bleak and that it is unlikely that Macedonia will be decoupled from Albania. Keeping the two countries in a group would make it all but impossible for Macedonia to open...

Macedonia 13.10.19 | 12:45

La Verita: Council of Europe prevents Zaev from undermining the Macedonian language

The Italian paper La Verita, which published crucial information in the racketeering scandal, reports that the Venice Commission opinion, which was highly critical of the law on the use of the Albanian language, will be the final blow to the Zaev regime. The Commission found that the law, which turns...

Macedonia 12.10.19 | 20:58

Klein: VMRO-DPMNE currently has excellent relations with the other European conservative parties

German CDU member of Parliament Volkmar Klein says that VMRO-DPMNE currently maintains excellent relations with the other members of the European People’s Party. Klein met with VMRO-DPMNE leader Hristijan Mickoski and said he could sense his commitment to having Macedonia receive the date to open...

Macedonia 12.10.19 | 12:32

Mickoski hopes the VMRO-DPMNE offer will be enough to break voter apathy

VMRO-DPMNE leader Hristijan Mickoski believes that the new election program, which the party is preparing during an on-going “listening tour” with the voters, will be enough of a lure to defeat the feeling of apathy and exhaustion after the years of political crisis and repression. According...

Macedonia 11.10.19 | 10:39

Macedonia marks National Uprising Day

Macedonia marks Friday the National Uprising Day that broke out 78 years ago. Flowers will be laid at the Partisan Cemetery in Butel in Skopje and the annual state award “11 October” will be awarded for the highest recognition of a lifetime achievement in the field of science, art, business...

Macedonia 10.10.19 | 21:10

Name change in vain: France continues to block Macedonia from opening EU accession talks

Reuters reports that France remains opposed to the opening of European Union accession talks with Macedonia and Albania, and wants the decision postponed for 2020. Diplomatic sources told Reuters that the two countries are not ready even for this early step in way toward EU membership. – Paris...

Macedonia 10.10.19 | 11:01

No progress in French position on negotiations with Macedonia

Wednesday’s meeting of the ambassadors of EU member states did not bring any progress in France’s position on starting negotiations with Macedonia and Albania, French diplomatic sources told MIA. We do not expect a shift at the ministerial meeting in Luxembourg at the earliest, nothing has...

Macedonia 09.10.19 | 23:01

Ruskoska: New charges will focus on money laundering, one of the earlier defendants wanted a plea deal, but talks failed

Organized crime prosecutor Vilma Ruskoska said that she has ordered searches at three locations in connection with the major racketeering scandal that reaches toward the Zaev Government. One of the persons who are being charged is top SDSM party official and Parliament Deputy Speaker Frosina Remenski. Ruskoska...

Macedonia 09.10.19 | 12:45

Zaev is afraid of opposition minister running the Interior Ministry for 100 days

Mentioning October next year as a possible term for parliamentary elections by Prime Minister Zoran Zaev reopened the issue of the so-called Przino or transitional government, first set up for the 2016 elections. According to the Przino agreement, signed by the four largest parties 100 days before the...

Macedonia 08.10.19 | 19:53

TV Alfa: Venice Commission report postponed under government pressure

Macedonian authorities have asked the most important European expert institution to postpone the debate on the opinion on the Macedonian language law, TV Alfa reported. As Alfa reports, according to a preliminary report by the Venice Commission released on Sunday, full implementation of the language...

Macedonia 08.10.19 | 14:27

The Venice Commission de facto replaces the cowed Constitutional Court of Macedonia

The move by the Venice Commission, which examines the constitutionality of Macedonia’s laws, to condemn the law on the use of the Albanian language threw a stark contrast to the cowed domestic institutions. The Constitutional Court of Macedonia should be the first to examine the law, which far...

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