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Russia Denies Meddling in Macedonia-Greece Name NegotiationsRFERL

Russia Denies Meddling in Macedonia-Greece Name Negotiations

“Yesterday evening, the Russian embassy reacted to allegations from Prime Minister Zoran Zaev that businessmen from Russia financed anti-government protests. Zaev made the statement in an interview with BuzzFeed News and then repeated it in response to a journalist’s question at the start of the construction of the American Dura plant in […]

EU Enlargement Commissioner in Macedonia to Begin Screening Process for EUPhoto: RFERL

EU Enlargement Commissioner in Macedonia to Begin Screening Process for EU

“The European Union began screening the readiness of Balkan neighbours Macedonia and Albania on Tuesday to start negotiations by June next year on joining the EU. EU governments last month delayed by at least a year a decision to allow membership talks with Macedonia and Albania after France […]

Macedonia WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Hahn in Skopje on July 17; Galicnik Wedding Festival Held in Village; Russian Billionaire Donated to Opponents of Name ChangePhoto: Exploring Macedonia

Macedonia WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Hahn in Skopje on July 17; Galicnik Wedding Festival Held in Village; Russian Billionaire Donated to Opponents of Name Change

“EU Enlargement Commissioner, Johannes Hahn will arrive to Skopje tomorrow. This visit will also mark the start of the screening process, which is expected to accompany the beginning of EU accession talks. According to the agenda, tomorrow morning, Hahn will hold a meeting with PM Zoran Zaev, after […]

WEEKEND READ: Florian Bieber Op-ed “It is time to ditch the Berlin Process”Photo: The Srpska Times

WEEKEND READ: Florian Bieber Op-ed “It is time to ditch the Berlin Process”

“When the Berlin Process was launched five years ago, it was supposed to trigger a new dynamic to regional cooperation and bringing the Western Balkans closer towards the EU. By circumventing formal institutional structures and bringing in all EU members, the process could avoid excessive duplication of existing […]

NATO SUMMIT: Macedonia Conditionally Invited to NATO

NATO SUMMIT: Macedonia Conditionally Invited to NATO

“ NATO has officially invited Macedonia to initiate membership talks aimed at having the former Yugoslav republic join the Brussels-based North Atlantic alliance. The long-anticipated invitation was announced shortly after summit meetings involving the heads of states from all 29 member nations. Greece and Macedonia have been feuding over […]

Russian Diplomats to Be Expelled From Greece For Interference With Macedonia DealPhoto: Alkis Konstantinidis / Reuters

Russian Diplomats to Be Expelled From Greece For Interference With Macedonia Deal

“Four Russian diplomats will be banned from Greece after evidence revealed Russia was trying to foment opposition to a historic deal between Greece and Macedonia that is likely to pave the way for Macedonia’s Nato membership and so weaken Russian influence in the western Balkans. Greece said it would expel two […]

WB London Summit: Hahn – Balkan states ‘must embrace reform before EU ascension’Photo: RFERL

WB London Summit: Hahn – Balkan states ‘must embrace reform before EU ascension’

“Europeans leaders are becoming ‘more and more impatient’ with the reluctance of west Balkan leaders to accept the necessity of reforms to the rule of law, threatening the chances of them joining the European Union by 2025. The EU commissioner for enlargement, Johannes Hahn, told the summit for the west […]

WB London Summit: Royal Reception for Western Balkan PMs in LondonPhoto: Government of Serbia

WB London Summit: Royal Reception for Western Balkan PMs in London

“Charles, Prince of Wales, threw a reception on Tuesday night for the participants of the European Union-Western Balkans Summit held in London as a part of the Berlin Process, Serbia’s Prime Minister Ana Brnabic’s office said. The reception marked the end of the two-day gathering, the fifth after […]

Macedonian Prime Minister Zaev Meets With Ohrid GroupPhoto: Meta

Macedonian Prime Minister Zaev Meets With Ohrid Group

“On the fringe of the EU Western Balkans Summit, Prime Minister Zoran Zaev held meetings with representatives from the Ohrid Group and Friends and Supporters of Macedonia, led by Sir George Robertson. The Government’s Office say at the meetings, experienced diplomats and politicians, representatives of several international organizations […]