Juncker arrived in the Macedonian capital, Skopje, on February 25 in the first stop of a Western Balkan tour intended to promote the EU’s new strategy for the region.

Juncker, speaking alongside Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, praised Skopje’s ‘pace of reforms’ and said the former Yugoslav republic was ‘on the right track.'” (RFE/RL)

“This morning, I (Congressman Paul Mitchell (R-MI)) was happy to join MI-10’s Macedonian-American community at a peaceful rally recognizing Macedonia’s right to self-determination. As a member of the Congressional Caucus on Macedonia and Macedonian Americans, I’m dedicated to maintaining and strengthening a positive and mutually beneficial relationship between the United States and Macedonia.” (Facebook)

“Deputy Prime Minister for European Affairs Bujar Osmani will not attend a conference in Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina for the Western Balkans, since Kosovo is not invited, according to SEA.

The government says that it is a personal assessment of the deputy prime minister.

“Deputy Prime Minister Bujar Osmani has made his own assessment that he will not participate in a conference dedicated to the Western Balkans. This issue has not been discussed at the level of the Government of the Republic of Macedonia, and this is an evaluation of the Deputy Prime Minister,” said the Government of the Republic of Macedonia.” (translated from Nova Makedonija)

“Macedonia has begun the process of changing the name of its airport honoring the ancient warrior king Alexander the Great as a goodwill gesture to Greece.

Turkish consortium TAV, which operates Skopje Alexander the Great Airport, started removing the 3-meter-long (9.8 feet) letters spelling out the name from the terminal Saturday.

The airport’s new name will be Skopje International Airport. It was called Skopje Airport before Macedonia’s previous government named it for Alexander in 2006.” (Washington Post)