Macedonia

Macedonia Ruling Partners Discuss Name

The leaders of Macedonia’s two governing parties met Tuesday afternoon to discuss the burning name dispute with Greece. Media speculate the meeting between Prime Minister and leader of the ruling VMRO-DPMNE party Nikola Gruevski and Ali Ahmeti, the head of the Democratic Union for Integration, DUI, the junior partner in …

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Macedonia Albanians Reiterate “Name” Ultimatum

Macedonia’s junior government party, the ethnic Albanian Democratic Union for Integration, DUI set a deadline of December for its senior ethnic Macedonian partner to solve the ongoing “name” spat with neighboring Greece. In December the country hopes to get a date from the EU council to start EU accession talks, …

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Macedonia, Greece Break Diplomatic Ice

Macedonian Premier Nikola Gruevski held a short informal meeting with his new Greek counterpart, George Papandreou, on Thursday in Brussels, the first between leaders of the two countries in several years. Both prime ministers avoided journalists after the 20-minute discussion, which was held on the sidelines of the EU Council …

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Macedonian, Greek PMs Met Thursday

Macedonian Premier Nikola Gruevski held a short informal meeting with his new Greek counterpart, George Papandreou, on Thursday in Brussels. The parlay, which took place on the sidelines of an EU Council meeting, was expected to focus on the countries’ name dispute, but both leaders left after the meeting without …

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European Parliament’s Rapporteur arrives in Macedonia

European Parliament’s Rapporteur for Macedonia and Slovenian MEP, Zoran Taler, is due to pay a visit to Macedonia on Thursday. According to the agenda, Taler will meet with the Deputy Prime Minister in charge of European Affairs, Vasko Naumovski. Shortly after the European Commission published the report on Macedonia’s progress, …

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Solana Opposes Referenda on Name Issue

EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana opposes the holding of referendum on any putative agreement to end the Skopje-Athens name row. “I don’t think [in] parliamentary democracies the referendum is the best solution,” Solana said. “Look at our experience,” he added, referring to the complications the Irish referenda caused for …

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Name agreement can’t be reached due to blockades and embargo: Nikola Gruevski

It couldn’t be reached an agreement on the name issue due to blockades and embargo contrariwise – this would intensify the problem and cause damages to the both sides. This is what Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski said today during celebrations of the day of Macedonian revolutionary fight.

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Macedonia, Bulgaria need to step up cooperation on Corridor 8

Macedonia and Bulgaria need to step up the cooperation in the construction of Corridor 8 given its significance as regional corridor, the two countries’ officials said. According to Macedonian Parliament’s press service, Macedonian parliament president Trajko Veljanovski and his Bulgarian counterpart Cecka Cacheva met on the

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Border Deal Faces Legal Challenge

Macedonia’s border agreement with Kosovo is a classic example of an exchange of territories made in murky conditions and outside the law, Macedonia’s opposition parties allege. The neighbouring states announced on Sunday that they had closed their long-standing border issue. Macedonia’s parliament ratified the agreement on Saturday with a simple …

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Macedonia’s Opposition Urges Name Settlement

The opposition Social Democrats, SDSM, would back any government compromise in the Athens-Skopje name row that guarantees that the language and nation would remain unchanged and referred to as Macedonian. “Whatever is acceptable to you will be acceptable to us.” SDSM leader Branko Crvenkovski told Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski at …

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