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Varhelyi: Albania ‘can start’ accession talks without Northern Macedonia

Albania and Northern Macedonia have so far been treated as an inseparable body on the path to European Union integration. However, the problems that Skopje has recently faced with Sofia due to issues of a historical context, the EU may be forced to hold the first Intergovernmental Conference (IGC) only with Albania, instead of the…

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North Macedonia

Northern Macedonia: Pendarovski meets with Borrell, Sassoli, Varhelyi and Lajcak

During his working visit to Brussels, President Stevo Pendarovski met today with the Vice President of the European Commission and High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, and the President of the European Parliament, David Sassoli. In a meeting with European Commission Vice President and EU High Representative for…

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Kosovo North Macedonia

Osmani begins visit to Kosovo: Northern Macedonia and Kosovo a “good example of good neighborliness”

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Northern Macedonia Bujar Osmani began his visit to Kosovo with a meeting with the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Diaspora Donika Gërvalla. “The impeccable good relations between Northern Macedonia and Kosovo were confirmed, as well as the readiness of both parties to further build a…

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Albania North Macedonia

Albania: Tirana Administrative Court upholds 14-day quarantine for travelers from Greece and northern Macedonia

According to press releases, today the Administrative Court rejected the appeal filed by the SMI against the decision of the Committee of Experts to establish a two-week quarantine for Albanian citizens entering Albania from Greece and Northern Macedonia. The Socialist Movement for Integration (SMI) filed today in the Administrative Court of Tirana a request for…

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North Macedonia

Northern Macedonia: Portuguese Presidency Hopes First Intergovernmental Conference to Be Held by June

Portugal, which holds the rotating presidency of the European Union and the European Commission, still hopes that an intergovernmental conference with northern Macedonia will take place by the end of the Portuguese presidency. Ana Paula Zacarias, Portuguese Minister of Foreign Affairs for European Affairs, explained that yesterday, during the General Affairs Council, the ministers discussed…

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North Macedonia

Northern Macedonia: Halkbank AD Skopje increases capital by 20m euros

“Halkbank AD Skopje” in Northern Macedonia increased its capital by an additional 20 million euros, after “Halkbank AS Turkey”, as the main shareholder of “Halkbank AD Skopje”, after an extraordinary meeting on March 26, supports with its decision the recapitalization approved in the amount of EUR 20 million. The main purpose of this recapitalization is,…

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North Macedonia Serbia

Northern Macedonia: Zaev grateful for donation of new vaccines from Serbia

The Prime Minister of Northern Macedonia Zoran Zaev described the new vaccine donation from Serbia as a great gesture of friendship, conveying a message that true friends grow in difficult times. The governments of northern Macedonia and Serbia have agreed to donate 40,000 Sputnik V vaccines to the former, with a first shipment of 20,000…

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North Macedonia

The football team of Northern Macedonia beat Germany 2-1

The National Football Team of Northern Macedonia continues to make history, after on Wednesday it defeated Germany 2-1 away from home, for the World Cup qualifiers. Igor Angelovski’s team, which reached the EURO final for the first time in its history last November, managed to beat Joachim Löw’s team with goals from 37-year-old star Goran…

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North Macedonia Serbia

Pendarovski thanks Serbia, but notes “shame on Northern Macedonia”

“The state must find a way to vaccinate its citizens and provide them with health care here,” said Northern Macedonian President Stevo Pendarovski after a Security Council meeting on the pandemic situation and the country’s immunization process. “The images we saw last weekend when our citizens went en masse to neighboring Serbia to be vaccinated…

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North Macedonia

Northern Macedonia: Zaev meets with PRC Defense Minister

The Prime Minister of Northern Macedonia Zoran Zaev received the delegation of the Ministry of Defense of the People’s Republic of China led by the Minister of Defense, General Wei Fenghe, who is on a tour throughout the Balkans. During their meeting, Zoran Zaev called on the competent PRC bodies to speed up the delivery…

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North Macedonia

Northern Macedonia: Zaev and Mickoski decide to postpone registration in September

In the Parliamentary Group in Skopje, the Prime Minister of Northern Macedonia and SDSM President Zoran Zaev discussed with VMRO-DPMNE leader Hristijan Mickoski the forthcoming census, the work of the Assembly, elections, the pandemic, the economy and European integration. The two men held a private meeting for several hours in the Parliamentary Group, which ended…

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Bulgaria North Macedonia

Recent publication by Slovenian IFIMES rekindles tensions between Bulgaria, northern Macedonia

Five days after a scandal erupted following a publication by the Slovenian IFIMES institute that referred to Bulgaria and Germany as “mafia states interested in Nazism”, the government of Northern Macedonia issued a statement last night following a call from the Bulgarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Foreign Deputy Ambassador to give explanations. In its response,…

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North Macedonia

Northern Macedonia: Zaev, Mickoski to meet Monday to discuss unblocking laws, procedures

The Prime Minister of Northern Macedonia Zoran Zaev announced from Delchovo on Monday a meeting with the leader of the main opposition Hristijan Mickovski. “Regardless of who is in government or in opposition, let us continue to cooperate and through unity I believe we will double or triple the success of the country. In this…

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North Macedonia

Northern Macedonia: Registration boycotters to face up to 5 years in prison

Jasmina Gjorgieva from the State Statistics Service closed the remarks that the census participation campaign is aimed at an ethnic community, as such claims may shape public attitudes. She said the main channel of communication was social media and contacts with Greek and international organizations, although she stressed that some of them refused to cooperate…

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Bulgaria North Macedonia

Northern Macedonia: EU annual progress report to be published Thursday with or without change to Bulgaria

Tomorrow, the European Parliament (EC) will discuss and vote on the annual report on the Republic of Northern Macedonia, to which the Greens and Socialists have proposed changes, which refer to the inappropriate and provocative behavior of the Bulgarian authorities. The amendment accuses Bulgarian government officials of making provocative statements on historical issues affecting northern…

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North Macedonia

Northern Macedonia: Zaev elected SDSM President. Borissov congratulated him over the phone

As expected, Zoran Zaev was elected president for the third time in the first elections of the internal party in SDSM. According to the party’s election commission, 60,840 members voted in favor of Zaev, who was the sole candidate. 888 voted against and had 249 invalid votes. 90% of the 68,999 party members went to…

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North Macedonia

Northern Macedonia: Transporters face chaos at Bogorodica-Evzoni border crossing

The past two weeks at the Bogorodica-Evzoni border crossing have been filled with chaos, as trucks full of oil and other goods remain stranded for most of the day, according to a post on the local DENAR website. According to the publication, this is due to the measures applied in Greece, according to which every…

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North Macedonia Slovenia

Slovenia: The Minister of Defense meets with his counterpart from Northern Macedonia

Today, Slovenian Defense Minister Matej Tonin discussed with the Minister of Defense of Northern Macedonia Radmila erekerinska in the context of her official visit to Slovenia. After her reception with military honors, the two ministers had a brief meeting followed by official talks between the two delegations. The visit of the Minister of Northern Macedonia…