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SDSM leader Zaev meets Coalition partners

SDSM’s coalition partners agree that the Europeanisation of the country must continue despite the negative outcome in Brussels. At Sunday’s meeting that PM and SDSM leader Zoran Zaev had with coalition partners, they supported the decision on 12 April as a date for early elections. After the meeting, Zaev said he believed he would get a clean mandate, adding that ...

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French President Macron: Too soon for Negotiations with Skopje

French President Emmanuel Macron thinks that Macedonia and Albania should be a little more patient before they get an approval to start of membership negotiations. At the joint press-conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel after the meeting of the two Governments in Toulouse on Tuesday, he acknowledged that the two countries had made significant progress with domestic reforms. However, for ...

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No deal on Date for Macedonia at meeting in Luxembourg

Macedonia will have to still wait for EU membership negotiations to be opened. On Tuesday afternoon, in Luxembourg, France persisted in its blockade of the decision and found support for its stand in regards to Albania in both the Netherlands and Denmark, too. The last chance for a positive decision will be the EU leaders’ summit, which will start on ...

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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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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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Bulgaria Adopts Declaration for Support of Macedonia’s Integration in EU

The Bulgarian Parliament has adopted a Declaration on the enlargement of the EU, voicing support for the integration of Macedonia and Albania in EU. In the declaration, Sofia advises Skopje to implement the Good-neighbourliness agreement efficiently with good will and without any delays. “Bulgaria pledges for acceptance of the historical truth of the mutual history our country and North Macedonia ...

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Venice Commission Recommends Changes to Law on Languages

The web portal Plusinfo.mk published on Sunday an unofficial draft-version of the letter delivered from the Venice Commission to the Government of Macedonia concerning the content of the Law on Languages. In the letter, the Venice Commission warns that the Law on Languages in its current form may jeopardise the judicial system of Macedonia. “The Law on Languages must undergo ...

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US Secretary of State Pompeo Visits Macedonia

The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo paid on Friday an official visit to Macedonia, as part of his tour which also covered Italy, Montenegro and Greece. Pompeo, who is the first US Secretary of State to visit Macedonia after Colin Powel in 2001, arrived on Friday afternoon in Ohrid, where he was welcomed by a high governmental delegation headed ...

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EU Officials Call for Start of Membership Talks with Macedonia, Albania

European Council President Donald Tusk, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, European parliament President David Sassoli and European Commission President-elect Ursula Von der Leyen addressed the member-states of the EU in an open letter, calling them to approve the start of membership negotiations with Macedonia and Albania. “Last June we agreed to reach a clear and substantive decision on the opening ...

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Bulgarian FM Zaharieva says Support for Skopje is not Unconditional

According to Bulgarian FM Ekaterina Zaharieva, the support for Macedonia’s EU road isn’t unconditional. “There is no way for you to aspire to become an EU member while having unresolved bilateral relations. That’s not only a Bulgarian criterion, but also one of the criteria for EU membership – friendly and good-neighbourly relations,” she said on Wednesday. As she added, the ...

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