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Turkey demands extradition of 86 “Gulenists” from northern Macedonia

Turkey expects the extradition from northern Macedonia of 86 people – Turkish citizens – whom they consider to be linked to the organization of self-exiled cleric Fethullah Gulen, Turkish Ambassador to Skopje Hasan Mehmet Sekizkök said today. The Turkish ambassador in a press conference on the occasion of the fifth anniversary of the failed coup…

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Northern Macedonia: VMRO-DPMNE resolution supported by SDSM, DOM, LDP and DS, while Albanian bloc abstains

Following the support of the VMRO-DPMNE resolution on the national red lines of Northern Macedonia, which was supported by the parties SDSM, DOM, LDP and DS, also entered into discussion by the parties of the Albanian bloc. DUI demands harmonization of the text between all parliamentary parties, while AA (Alliance for Albanians) and Alternativa await…

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Von der Leyen calls for the start of talks with Northern Macedonia, Albania

The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, today from Strasbourg called on the EU to start accession negotiations with Northern Macedonia and Albania. Von der Leyen addressed the European Parliament after a speech by Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Janša outlining Ljubljana’s priorities for the next six months. Janša also called on the…

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Zaev: On Monday I will be the first to apply for the new passport which means the Republic of Northern Macedonia

Zoran Zaev gave a full interview to TV21, referring to the implementation of the Prespa Agreement, the new passport for which he will apply first on Monday and will list the Republic of Northern Macedonia, the pending memoranda, the change of names in country federations and the opening of new border crossings. There are many…

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Northern Macedonia: Zaev and Tsipras met in Ohrid

SYRIZA-Progressive Alliance President Alexis Tsipras met with Northern Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, who is in Ohrid to attend the first Prespa Dialogue Forum to be held on July 1st and 2nd. During their conversation, Alexis Tsipras reportedly stressed Zoran Zaev on the importance of the faithful implementation of the Prespa Agreement, especially with regard…

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Northern Macedonia: Accession talks to be resolved after Bulgarian elections, Zacarias says

Portugal’s Deputy Foreign Minister Ana Paula Zacarias has expressed hope that Bulgaria’s July 11th parliamentary elections will resolve Bulgaria’s veto on the start of EU accession talks with northern Macedonia, which holds the rotating EU presidency in 1 July, to help find a solution to the problem. Zacarias told Bulgarian National Radio that Bulgaria’s position…

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Pisonero: Albania and Northern Macedonia deserve the opening of negotiations

Failure to give Albania a green light for negotiations should not discourage either Tirana or Brussels. This was hinted at in an interview with MCN by European Commission spokeswoman Ana Pisonero. She says both Albania and northern Macedonia deserve to start negotiations, but avoids questioning whether the time has come for the two countries to…

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North Macedonia

Northern Macedonia: July 1st and 2nd Prespa Forum

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Northern Macedonia, Bujar Osmani, made statements during a press conference regarding the first conference of the Prespa Forum for Dialogue, which will be held on July 1st and 2nd in Ohrid and Oteshevo. The conference, entitled “The Western Balkans: A Missing Puzzle for the Completion of Europe”, will bring…

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Bulgaria North Macedonia

Radev: We will not say “yes” to Northern Macedonia unless it eliminates distortion of Bulgaria’s history

The acceleration of the European perspective for the Republic of Northern Macedonia depends only on the commitment and results of the dialogue with Bulgaria. This was stated by President Rumen Radev before the start of the European Council in Brussels. “I want to focus on the agenda that all European institutions and leaders have been…

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Albania North Macedonia

Roth: Now we have to fulfill our obligations to Albania and Northern Macedonia

In a Twitter post, German State Minister for Europe at the German Foreign Ministry Michael Roth strongly urged EU member states to think strategically and understand that they must meet their obligations to Albania and Northern Macedonia. just days before the EU Summit. Furthermore he notes that fulfillment should be done NOW (in capital letters).…

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US pushes EU to start Albania-Northern Macedonia accession talks

With at least 24 hours left to set the EU Summit to start accession talks with Albania and northern Macedonia, US pressure on EU leaders is growing. EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell confirmed that Foreign Minister Blinken had asked in a conversation with him to take concrete steps to…

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EC: Albania, Northern Macedonia and Serbia on list of countries that can move freely in Schengen area

The European Council today updated the list of countries for which travel restrictions should be lifted. Following a review, as recommended by the phase of lifting temporary restrictions on unnecessary travel to the EU, the European Council updated the list of countries for which travel restrictions should be lifted. As stated in the Council Recommendation,…

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North Macedonia

ELIAMEP: “Perspectives of the Prespa Agreement – Public Opinion in Northern Macedonia and Greece”.

On the occasion of the third anniversary of the signing of the Prespa Agreement on June 17, the ELIAMEP program of Southeast Europe in cooperation with colleagues in Northern Macedonia and the Representation of the Konrad-Adenauer Foundation in Greece and Cyprus conducted two parallel public opinion polls in Greece and Macedonia. entitled “Perspectives of the…

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Croatia North Macedonia

EURO 2020: Turkey, Croatia and Northern Macedonia started with losses

The three Balkan countries failed in their first matches at EURO 2020, as Turkey lost 3-0 to Italy, Croatia 1-0 to England and Northern Macedonia 3-1 to Austria. Turkey-Italy Italy scored three goals in an EURO match for the first time in their history as they defeated Turkey in the opening match of UEFA EURO…

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State Department: We support opening accession talks with Northern Macedonia and Albania without delay

US State Department spokesman Ned Price wrote on Twitter that his country supported the opening of EU accession negotiations with northern Macedonia and Albania without delay. We support the opening of EU accession negotiations with Northern Macedonia and Albania without delay. We are engaging at the highest levels of government to demonstrate our commitment to…

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France supports the accession process of Northern Macedonia, Macron told Zaev

The Prime Minister of the Republic of Northern Macedonia, Zoran Zaev, arrived on Thursday for a working visit to the Republic of France. At the Elysee Palace, Prime Minister Zaev was welcomed by the President of the French Republic, Emmanuel Macron, followed by joint statements to the media. “It is very important for us that…

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Croatia North Macedonia

EURO 2020: Starts today with the participation of Turkey, Croatia and Northern Macedonia

With the participation of the three Balkan countries, Turkey, Croatia and Northern Macedonia, EURO 2020 starts today, with a one-year delay due to the coronavirus pandemic. EURO 2020, is the 16th UEFA European Football Championship, which includes 24 teams and will be held in 12 cities and 12 different European countries, while VAR will be…

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Rama: Bulgaria and Northern Macedonia they have to solve their own problem

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama had a working breakfast today with Bulgarian President Rumen Radev in Sofia, where they discussed, among other things, resolving the stalemate between Bulgaria and Northern Macedonia. According to Rama, during the meeting they discussed the excellent bilateral relations and the need for dialogue between the parties to resolve the critical…