Tag: veto
Macedonia 04.07.21 | 21:11

Fouéré: EU must urgently change its behavior, enlargement policy does not work

Former EU Ambassador to the country Erwan Fouéré believes that the European Union has its own values, but unfortunately does not respect them in some specific areas, and one of those areas that directly affects Macedonia and the region is the enlargement policy, which does not work at all. It is a...

Macedonia 23.06.21 | 09:44

Pendarovski wants to get closer to the US, Dimitrov and Osmani say they will keep pushing for EU membership: regime officials respond to the latest EU veto

Zoran Zaev did not address the latest Bulgarian veto at the European Council, which blocked Macedonia from opening its EU accession talks, but some of his officials did come out yesterday with their comments. President Stevo Pendarovski said that Macedonia should not give up on pursuing EU membership,...

Macedonia 22.06.21 | 16:23

EU: Bulgaria expected to continue to veto Macedonia’s EU accession talks

Bulgaria is not backing down and intends to maintain its veto against Macedonia and block the opening of EU accession talks, the MIA news agency reports. Talks are going on in Luxembourg, where EU foreign ministers are gathered to prepare the agenda for the European Council. Officials German, Sweden...

World 07.06.21 | 16:41

German Minister Maas calls for an end to the single state veto power in EU foreign policy decisions

German Foreign Affairs Minister Heiko Maas said that the European Union will need to end the principle of making foreign policy decisions by unanimity. Maas accused unnamed EU member states of undermining European common foreign policy with their unilateral decisions. It’s believed he mostly had...

Macedonia 12.05.21 | 15:05

End of hopes for EU negotiations at least until autumn: Bulgarian interim prime minister says he will not lift the veto on Macedonia

Hopes that a compromise could be reached with the new government in Sofia ahead of the decision to set a date for Macedonia’s EU talks to begin in June this year have been dashed following the appointment of Bulgaria’s interim Prime Minister Stefan Yanev. The Bulgarian framework position...

Macedonia 16.03.21 | 18:00

Zaev condemns Bulgaria for its veto against Macedonia

Zoran Zaev condemned Bulgaria for its blockade of Macedonia’s EU accession talks. ‌In an interview with a paper in Luxembourg, where he is visiting, Zaev said that the Bulgarian approach is contrary to European values. With this behavior, EU would not have existed. Europeans looked toward the...

Macedonia 03.02.21 | 22:42

Dimitrov accused of giving away the term “Macedonian” to Bulgaria and Greece

During the discussion in the Parliament over the proposed vote of no confidence in Deputy Prime Minister Nikola Dimitrov, Antonio Milososki from VMRO-DPMNE accused Dimitrov of giving away the identity designation “Macedonian” to neighboring countries. Only in the past ten days we were informed...

Macedonia 22.01.21 | 20:25

Zaev: I did not believe that there would be a veto from Bulgaria

Prime Minister Zoran Zaev said in Friday’s interview with the “Triling” show on TV 24 that he wanted full recognition by Bulgaria, without disputing the roots. I did not believe that there would be a veto. Although I was the first to inform the people that this was also an option. We...

Macedonia 21.12.20 | 22:31

Zaharieva says that other EU member states are not happy to see Macedonia join

Bulgarian Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva hinted that the country is not alone in its blockade of Macedonia’s EU accession talks. Bulgaria wants to see Macedonia a member state of the EU more than other EU member states and trans-oceanic countries, but our support is not unconditional. Not...

Macedonia 17.12.20 | 23:31

Czech Republic and Slovakia on ‘veto on Bulgaria’: We will not allow EU be the judge of our shared history, how we identify ourselves or the language we use

We will not allow that the Union be the judge of our shared history, how we identify ourselves or the language we use, Czech and Slovak Foreign Ministers Tomàš Petríček and Ivan Korčok said in a joint statement, after they did not agree on the EU conclusions on the enlargement. In the final text...

Macedonia 11.12.20 | 22:25

Slovenian President Pahor dissappointed with the Bulgarian veto

Slovenian President Borut Pahor, who is a close friend of the Macedonian social-democratic leadership, expressed his dissappointment in the Bulgarian veto that blocked the opening of EU accession talks. During the 2BS regional conference, Pahor said that the veto is discouraging for the whole of the...

Macedonia 09.12.20 | 17:00

It was not a veto, Zaharieva claims, Macedonia was simply not a topic

Bulgarian Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva insisted that she did not veto the opening of EU accession talks with Macedonia, but that the proposal simply wasn’t put on the table. Zaharieva held a joint press conference with former Macedonian Prime Minister Vlado Buckovski, who is Zaev’s envoy...

Macedonia 07.12.20 | 17:36

Day before the European Council – the Bulgarian veto expected to become official EU policy

The European Council is scheduled to meet tomorrow, and Macedonia will receive official word on where it stands with regard to the announced Bulgarian veto. Bulgaria demands major concessions from Macedonia on issues of national identity and history and Prime Minister Zoran Zaev already announced that,...

Macedonia 04.12.20 | 17:17

Denmark and Holland deny reports that they support Bulgaria’s veto against Macedonia

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark also denied the reports of the Bulgarian “24 Casa” that Denmark, as well as the Netherlands, joined Bulgaria in blocking Macedonia’s EU accession talks, the “Sakamdakazam” news portal reported. Information published in the Bulgarian...

Macedonia 21.11.20 | 14:56

Karakacanov: Odds Bulgaria lifts the veto in 2020 are only theoretical

Bulgarian Defense Minister Krasimir Karakacanov said that realistically his country won’t allow the opening of EU accession talks with Macedonia by the end of 2020. Karakacanov placed the chances Bulgaria changes its mind in the real of theory. Bulgaria has always maintained a positive attitude...

Macedonia 20.11.20 | 15:29

Bujar Osmani asks for optimism despite the veto from Bulgaria

Foreign Minister Bujar Osmani asked the public to remain optimistic despite the veto from Bulgaria, which blocked the opening of EU accession talks. It is our job to remain optimistic and do all we can as a Government to implement the broad will of the citizens. So long there is consensual willingness...

Macedonia 20.11.20 | 11:23

Dimitrov says he is disappointed with the Bulgarian veto

Macedonian Deputy Prime Minister Nikola Dimitrov said that he is very disappointed in the fact that Bulgaria blocked the opening of EU accession talks, but that he will continue to work in a way not to give any more reason to Bulgaria for additional vetoes. Bulgaria is using examples of angry comments...

News 19.11.20 | 13:54

“The veto should sober Macedonia up”

Bulgarian Defense Minister Krasimir Karakacanov said that he expects the veto of Macedonia’s EU accession talks will act like a “cold shower on a drunk person who lives in illusions”. A small sobering moment, and hopefully we can sit on the table and have an honest dialogue between...

News 19.11.20 | 12:05

Hate speech against Bulgaria is the main reason for the veto, Zaharieva says after vile comments aimed at her by a Zaev regime official

Bulgarian Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva said that Bulgaria can’t keep enduring hate speech from Macedonia and that this is the reason why it blocked the opening of EU accession talks with Macedonia. Her comment comes after an outspoken supporter of the Zaev regime, who is an official of...

News 19.11.20 | 09:56

Spiegel: Bulgaria sets a nationalist precedent with its blockade of Macedonia

German Spiegel magazine reports on the growing dispute between Bulgaria and Macedonia, and says that Bulgaria is setting a grotesque precedent – of an EU member state pressuring a candidate country. Bulgaria wants neighboring (North) Macedonia to officially declare that the Macedonian nation has...

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