Macedonia

Optimism in UN Amid Macedonian Name TalksPhoto: RFE/RL

Optimism in UN Amid Macedonian Name Talks

“A United Nations mediator has expressed optimism that a solution is within reach to solve a 27-year-old dispute over the name of the former Yugoslav republic of Macedonia. ‘I am very hopeful that this process is moving in a positive direction,’ the UN envoy dealing with the matter, […]

Macedonian Opposition Returning to Parliament for Stoltenberg AddressPhoto: Twitter

Macedonian Opposition Returning to Parliament for Stoltenberg Address

“MPs from VMRO-DPMNE are returning to Parliament on Thursday to hear the address of the Secretary General of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg confirmed as “Makfax”. The decision was made at Tuesday’s meeting of the Executive Committee of VMRO-DPMNE and the message is to demonstrate that the strategic goal of the […]

Macedonia Ratifies Friendship Pact With Bulgaria

Macedonia Ratifies Friendship Pact With Bulgaria

“Macedonia’s parliament on Monday ratified a landmark friendship pact with Balkan neighbor Bulgaria designed to dampen a historic rivalry in a region beset by old ethnic and territorial disputes. Under the treaty, both countries have renounced territorial claims against each other, and Bulgaria has committed to back Macedonia’s […]

UN Envoy Hopeful for Macedonia Name Talk Success

UN Envoy Hopeful for Macedonia Name Talk Success

“A United Nations mediator says there is ‘positive momentum’ toward settling a decades-long dispute between Macedonia and Greece over the former Yugoslav republic’s name. The UN envoy dealing with the matter, Matthew Nimetz, made the comment in an interview with Greek state broadcaster ERT aired on January 15, two days […]

Macedonia WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Working groups to be created in Macedonia and Greece for name; Macedonian Parliament boosts Albanian language status; United Macedonian Diaspora Welcomes Old New Year In Style; #WeAreMacedonia protests in DC

Macedonia WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Working groups to be created in Macedonia and Greece for name; Macedonian Parliament boosts Albanian language status; United Macedonian Diaspora Welcomes Old New Year In Style; #WeAreMacedonia protests in DC

“Macedonia and Greece have agreed to form working groups led by the ministers of foreign affairs who will lead the negotiations for solving the 25-year name dispute, said the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikola Dimitrov for the Reuters agency. He expects that the first meeting of the new […]

SPECIAL: UK Lords Committee – “Western Balkans backsliding on democracy”Photo: Parliament of the United Kingdom

SPECIAL: UK Lords Committee – “Western Balkans backsliding on democracy”

“Russian influence is expanding and support for EU membership is in decline as UK’s influence fades after Brexit vote. Progress towards full democracy and commitment to the rule of law in the western Balkans is either stagnating or going backwards as the UK’s influence in the region declines, […]

Macedonian Deputy PM in Athens for name talks

Macedonian Deputy PM in Athens for name talks

“Macedonian Deputy Prime Minister Bujar Osmani has met with Greek government officials in Athens in an effort to settle a decades-old dispute over the name Macedonia. ‘We are committed to finding a solution in this six months,’ said Osmani after the talks on January 9. He added that […]

Johannes Hahn receives Mr Zoran ZaevPhoto: ec.europa.eu

EU Observer – “EU sets date for next wave of enlargement”

“The EU is preparing to pledge a 2025 deadline for the next wave of enlargement, but Balkans disputes could hold things back. ‘The Western Balkans partners now have a historic window of opportunity. For the first time, their accession perspective has a best-case timeframe,’ the commission is to […]

“As EU President, Bulgaria To Push For Reduced Roaming Charges For Western Balkans”Photo: Shutterstock/Welcomia

“As EU President, Bulgaria To Push For Reduced Roaming Charges For Western Balkans”

“The Bulgarian ambassador to the European Union says his country will work for reduced mobile-phone roaming charges between the EU and the countries of the Western Balkans that are not members of the bloc. Dimitar Tzantchev, whose country holds the rotating EU presidency from January through June, was […]