Macedonia

Dimitrov and Kotzias to Meet for Name Talks on April 25Photo: AP

Dimitrov and Kotzias to Meet for Name Talks on April 25

“The heads of the diplomatic corps of Macedonia and Greece Nikola Dimitrov and Nikos Kodzias will meet on Wednesday 25 April with the United Nations mediator on the name dispute, Matthew Nimetz, the foreign ministry confirmed. The Greek news portal Inn last week announced that the new meeting is […]

WEEKEND READ –  Does the West Have a Vision for the Western Balkans?Reuters

WEEKEND READ – Does the West Have a Vision for the Western Balkans?

“Large, burly men sat in the front rows of the parliament building in Banja Luka last December, their bulging muscles revealing elaborate tattoos under their black T-shirts and hoodies. These were the ‘little green men’ of the Balkans — only they were not little and wore black outfits instead of […]

Western Balkan Leaders Attend Digital Summit in SkopjePhoto: RTK

Western Balkan Leaders Attend Digital Summit in Skopje

“The first ever Western Balkans Digital Summit, bringing together Prime Ministers and Ministers responsible for digital agenda from the Western Balkans (WB), EU Berlin Process participants, European Commission (EC), Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), representatives of IT industries and businesses, academia, and youth, opened in Skopje today. The Digital […]

Macedonia Back on Track Toward EU Membershipfedericamogherini.net

Macedonia Back on Track Toward EU Membership

“Macedonia is ‘back on track’ toward European Union membership, the EU foreign policy chief says, urging Macedonia to keep carrying out recommended EU reforms. The EU’s Federica Mogherini congratulated Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev during a visit to Skopje Wednesday. ‘You’ve gone a long way and, yes, the […]

Hahn – Macedonia Needs to Improve Rule of LawPhoto: RFERL

Hahn – Macedonia Needs to Improve Rule of Law

“The European Union should open membership negotiations with Macedonia and Albania as long as the countries maintain progress on reforms to rule of law and the fight against corruption and organized crime, the European Commission announced on Tuesday. ‘We need to see the reforms, especially in the rule […]

Hahn in DW Interview – 2025 is ambitious for Western Balkans to join EUPhoto: RFERL

Hahn in DW Interview – 2025 is ambitious for Western Balkans to join EU

“Tensions in the Western Balkans can only be overcome if all countries in the region join the European Union, says enlargement chief Johannes Hahn. The EU’s door should remain open for Turkey, he told DW. DW: Looking at the new progress reports for the Western Balkans, who are the […]

European Commission Recommends Macedonia, Albania, for EU Accession Talks

European Commission Recommends Macedonia, Albania, for EU Accession Talks

“The European Commission recommended that the European Union launches membership talks with Albania and Macedonia, as the French president ruled out any expansion of the bloc until it is reformed. EU enlargement commissioner Johannes Hahn said on April 17 that both Albanian and Macedonia ‘have done a lot […]

Macedonian Prime Minister – We deserve a clear recommendation from BrusselsPhoto: BalkanEU.com

Macedonian Prime Minister – We deserve a clear recommendation from Brussels

“The Prime Minister of Macedonia, Zoran Zaev declared today that his country deserves a clear recommendation from the European Union for the launch of accession talks. ‘We have done what was required of us and Macedonia deserves a clear recommendation from Brussels. Once we obtain this recommendation, Macedonia […]

Macedonia WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Greek and Macedonian FMs Set Timeline, Still Difficult Issues Ahead; European Commission to Endorse Macedonia, Albania to Open EU Accession Talks;  Newly Appointed Peace Corps Director Visits Macedoniaexploringmacedonia.com

Macedonia WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Greek and Macedonian FMs Set Timeline, Still Difficult Issues Ahead; European Commission to Endorse Macedonia, Albania to Open EU Accession Talks; Newly Appointed Peace Corps Director Visits Macedonia

“For the first time we have discussed a time frame and the steps that should follow if a solution is reached, i.e. how it would look like and be implemented. This was a frank conversation, with great understanding of the needs of each other. The main challenge is […]