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PM Zaev Holds Meetings and Delivers Address at Prespa Forum Dialogue

On Thursday, PM Zoran Zaev held a meeting in Ohrid with ex-Greek PM Alexis Tsipras. The benefits of the Prespa deal are felt every day, Zaev and Tsipras, who’s now a SYRIZA MP, assessed. According to them, the essence of the deal, with its force and importance, obliges the EU to remove the obstacles for the EU integration of North ...

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New Reactions to Comments on Language Made by Zacarias

The statement made by Portugal’s Secretary of State for European Affairs, Ana Paula Zacarias, about the Macedonian language, if accurately reported, is in full contradiction with the Portuguese Proposal in terms of both essence and methodology, North Macedonia’s Government said on Wednesday. It added that such statements didn’t help in any way in the process to build confidence and joint ...

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Zacarias Reportedly Says Macedonian Language Originates from Bulgaria

Answering a question from the Bulgarian National Radio, Portugal’s Secretary of State for European Affairs, Ana Paula Zacarias, said the language of North Macedonia had once been part of the Bulgarian language and the cultural dimensions of the two countries, the SDK.MK portal and multiple other media reported on Tuesday. The same day, PM Zoran Zaev said Foreign Ministry services ...

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No Need for Early Elections as Result of Bulgaria Situation, PM Zaev Says

PM Zoran Zaev believes that there is no need for early elections as a result of the new blockade from Bulgaria. As he said on Monday, North Macedonia has no territorial aspirations into its neighbours, while it’s important for Bulgaria to remove the blockade. Zaev expects positive signals from Brussels in December. The PM is adamant that there is nothing ...

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Bulgarian Foreign Ministry Informs of ‘Obligations Assumed’ by Skopje

On Friday afternoon, Bulgaria’s Foreign Ministry issued a press-release concerning, as it was said, the obligations assumed by North Macedonia at the meeting in Sofia on 17 June. Reiterating Sofia’s positions, the Ministry also revealed the items with regards to the obligations. According to the institution, North Macedonia assumed readiness for it to confirm as soon as possible before the ...

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Bulgaria Issue in Focus of Session for Parliamentary Questions

At Thursday’s session for parliamentary questions, VMRO-DPMNE urged PM Zoran Zaev to say, as it was pointed out, whether the negotiations with Sofia concern the Macedonian identity and language. MPs from Hristijan Mickoski’s party also criticised him for saying that the EU is to blame now. In response, the PM said the “quasi-patriots” from VMRO-DPMNE, with their narrative, just deteriorated ...

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Reactions in Country to Bulgaria’s Blockade

“We need an economically prosperous Balkans of the 21st century, integrated into the EU. Today, I will also add a Balkans that lives in the present and builds a prosperous future,” PM Zoran Zaev said at Wednesday’s opening of the Skopje Economic Forum. As he added, the past is a lesson that divisions and discord don’t lead anywhere. According to ...

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Blockade for Skopje Remains as Sofia Doesn’t Change Stand in Luxembourg

Portugal did everything it could during its EU Presidency for a potential solution, potential compromise to be found to the Skopje-Sofia dispute. That was the message sent by the country’s Secretary of State for European Affairs, Ana Paula Zacarias, on Tuesday, after the end of the General Affairs Council meeting in Luxembourg. Answering a journalist’s question, she said she was ...

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EU Delegation’s Geer Says ‘We Very Much Hope to See’ Opening of Negotiations

Following the last messages from Sofia, it’s nearly certain that North Macedonia will have to wait for the October meeting of the EU to possibly get a green light. However, the topic of enlargement and Stabilisation and Association Process are first on the agenda of Tuesday’s ministerial in Luxembourg, while the issue of start of negotiations is expected to be ...

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PM Zaev Holds Meetings with Radev and Yanev in Bulgaria

On Thursday, PM Zoran Zaev, together with Deputy PM for European Affairs Nikola Dimitrov and Foreign Minister Bujar Osmani, held a meeting in with Bulgarian President Rumen Radev. The visit of the delegation of North Macedonia is of exceptional importance and comes at a time when the strong dynamism of contacts and dialogue is of huge significance to the Skopje-Sofia ...

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