Macedonia

Austrian FM visits Skopje

Austrian Minister of Foreign Affairs Michael Spindelegger will present, Friday the initiative for Euro integration of Western Balkans in Skopje, which is aimed at speeding up the Euro integration process of the countries in the region, media reported. Yesterday Spindelegger presented the initiative in Athens. It is expected Michael Spindelegger …

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Greece presents arguments at The Hague

Macedonian ambassador to the Netherlands and representative of the country in the lawsuit against Greece at the International Court of Justice in the Hague, Nikola Dimitrov, confirmed the news that Athens has presented its arguments on the case before the court.

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Spain Hopes For Quick Macedonia “Name” Solution

Spain hopes for a swift solution to the Greek-Macedonian “name” spat that would put Macedonia on the right track towards EU membership, Spanish Prime Minister and EU chairman Jose Luis Zapatero said on Wednesday. “I have great confidence in the [Greek] Government of George Papandreou, and of course we cooperate …

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Greece presents counter-arguments at ICJ hearing

Just one day before expiration of six-month deadline, Greece presented its counter-arguments at Hague-based International Court of Justice (ICJ) regarding the lawsuit filed by Macedonia. Greek Ambassador Yiorgos Savvaidis and Foreign Ministry advisor Maria Telalian presented the memorandum to the ICJ on Tuesday.

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Skopje Says Identity is Non-negotiable

Macedonia’s President Georgi Ivanov has promised to push for a solution to his country’s long-running name dispute this year, but not at the price of ‘putting identity onto the negotiating table’. “It is regretful that due to an irrational reason, an imposed dispute, generations of Macedonian citizens are hindered on …

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Taler seeks for accession talks’ date in March

Slovenian EP reporter on Macedonia Zoran Taler have filed several amendments to the European Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs in Brussels. Taler seeks from the EU Council of Ministers set a date for accession talks with Macedonia in March 2010. The European Parliamentarians will discuss Taler’s amendments on January 26.

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There is no political crisis in Macedonia to hold early elections: Ali Ahmeti

No reshuffles will be made in the Macedonian government at least not in the Democratic Union for Integration (DUI), said the leader of the party Ali Ahmeti. Ahmeti noted the party is concentrated over the resolution of the name issue and this is its main priority for now. According to …

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Slovenia Offers to Help Macedonia

Slovenia stands ready to help Macedonia in finding a compromise with Greece over its name that would unblock its EU and NATO membership bids, Slovenian Prime Minister said on Sunday. During his visit to Skopje, Pahor and his host, Macedonia’s Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski, confirmed good relations between both countries.

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Rasmussen: Name settlement A must

The Name dispute must be solved in order Macedonia to join NATO, NATO Secretary General Andres Fogh Rasmussen said at the meeting with Macedonian PM Nikola Gruevski in Brussels. Rasmussen urged for name settlement and expressed hope to see Macedonia as NATO member state very soon. Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola …

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