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Unknown whether Macedonia was discussed at Merkel-Macron meeting

Sunday night saw a working dinner between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron. According to the announcements, they had been supposed to talk, among other things, about the issue of a start of negotiations for Macedonia, following the Bundestag’s approval. Before the start of the working dinner, primarily dedicated to the preparation of the future joint meeting ...

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Bloomberg: Macron seeks to Slow EU expansion in Blow to Balkan aspirations

Balkan hopes of starting accession negotiations with the European Union hang in the balance, as France insists the bloc is not yet ready to discuss the possibility of accepting new members, documents exchanged between diplomatic missions in Brussels show, Bloomberg said on Sunday. “North Macedonia and Albania are keen for a green light this week to start formal talks to ...

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Reuters: France wants to Make proposal for new accession Talks methodology

France wants to make a proposal for a new methodology in the EU accession talks next week in Luxembourg, which could see the decision to open negotiations for Albania and Macedonia delayed a third time, Reuters has found out from diplomatic sources in Brussels, it was reported on Thursday. Though that is not an official position for now, Paris has ...

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Government doesn’t Expect France to be obstacle on European path

On Friday, French Ambassador Christian Thimonier stated that Macedonia belonged to the European family. As he added, dates ore one thing, but the principles matter. “If there’s something that we, all European representatives, are united over, it’s that the place of the Republic of North Macedonia, after all efforts, but also the reforms that should be made, is among us. ...

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Racketeering case: Measures of precaution for MP Remenski and Jovanovski

On Thursday, MP Frosina Remenski, who doesn’t feel guilty in relation to the Racketeering case, was issued measures of precaution. Her passport was taken away. Also, she isn’t allowed to leave Skopje and has an obligation to report to a court once a week. The same measures were issued for Bojan Jovanovski’s father, Mile Jovanovski. International Alliance Vice President Jasna ...

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Racketeering case: Charge filed Against Janeva, Jovanovski and Milevski

Luxurious furniture worth around 5,000 euros and 50,000 euros in cash could result in a three-year prison sentence for ex-Special Prosecutor Katica Janeva if the charge filed on Thursday against her, Bojan Jovanovski and Zoran Milevski in the Racketeering case is proven. As it was said in the Prosecutor’s Office press-release, Janeva abused her official position and authorisation, while Jovanovski ...

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PPOC Opens New Investigation in “Racketeering” Case with 5 New Suspects

The Public Prosecutor Ljubomir Joveski announced on Wednesday that the Public Prosecution for Organised Crime (PPOC) has opened a new investigative procedure in the “Racketeering” case. As Joveski revealed, PPOC started the new investigation against 5 natural entities and one legal entity. “The entities are suspected of fraud, money laundering and assistance in the previously mentioned criminal activities, in accordance ...

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Varvitsiotis: North Macedonia, Albania Cannot be Separated in EU Integrations

Official Athens does not support the idea for separation of the EU integration processes of Macedonia and Albania. This was confirmed by the Greek Alternate Foreign Minister Miltiadis Varvitsiotis during a session in the Greek Parliament on Wednesday. “Due to the presence of an Albanian element in the region, decoupling and opening of accession talks with only one candidate country ...

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Zaharieva: Bulgaria Supports EU Integration of both North Macedonia, Albania

The Bulgarian Deputy PM and Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva presented on Wednesday the Declaration of the Bulgarian Parliament for support of the integration in EU of Macedonia and Albania. “We shall insist on a joint procedure for integration of North Macedonia and Albania in the EU, because other scenarios may result with destabilisation of the region,” Zaharieva said during a ...

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Rama: Opposition Actions Main Difference between Albania, North Macedonia

The Albanian PM Edi Rama commented at a session of the Albanian Parliament the latest decisions made by EU member-state, who insist on separating the EU integration processes of Macedonia and Albania. “I understand very clearly the messages the EU member-state are sending to us, and I can see that they are not directed towards Albania as a state, but ...

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