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Italian president backs North Macedonia's EU membership bid

Sep. 09, 2022 13:35 PM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Italian president Sergio Mattarella on Friday joined a long list of officials voicing support for North Macedonia joining the European Union together with other Western Balkan countries. “Without the entry of the countries from the Western Balkans...

3 Balkan countries to work on averting food, energy shortage

Sep. 02, 2022 09:49 AM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Anticipating a tough winter in light of the war in Ukraine, three Balkan states agreed Friday to help each other with potential food or energy shortages and have urged the European Union to include the volatile region in its support plans. The leaders of...

In sign of support, US bombers fly over Dubrovnik, Balkans

Aug. 22, 2022 12:20 PM EDT

DUBROVNIK, Croatia (AP) — A pair of U.S. Air Force B52 strategic bombers on Monday flew low over the Croatian resort of Dubrovnik and three other NATO-member states in the region as a sign of support amid the Russian aggression in Ukraine. In addition to the walled Croatian tourist...

Spain's PM offers support for North Macedonia's EU candidacy

Jul. 31, 2022 15:52 PM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has offered North Macedonia his country’s full support for integration into the 27-nation European Union. Sanchez held talks Sunday with North Macedonian Prime Minister Dimitar Kovachevski in the capital of...

EU starts membership talks with Albania, North Macedonia

Jul. 19, 2022 11:15 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union started membership negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia on Tuesday, a long-delayed step in the Balkan nations' paths toward EU membership that gained momentum amid the war in Ukraine. Officially, the process kicked off with the...

Envoys from Bulgaria, North Macedonia meet on EU bloc talks

Jul. 17, 2022 10:31 AM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — The foreign ministers of Bulgaria and North Macedonia met in Sofia on Sunday to discuss the next steps of North Macedonia's path to EU membership talks, a day after the parliament in Skopje voted in support of a French proposal that should lift Bulgari's veto of North...

North Macedonia parliament OKs deal; EU talks start July 19

Jul. 16, 2022 14:41 PM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — North Macedonia has approved a French proposal that opens the way for negotiations to join the European Union and overcome Bulgarian objections. There were 68 votes in favor of the proposal in the 120-member chamber, with the leftist coalition, which...

Von der Leyen: EU wants North Macedonia in the bloc

Jul. 14, 2022 15:52 PM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — North Macedonia got a boost from European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Thursday for the country's hopes of eventually joining the European Union amid a dispute with Bulgaria. “We want you in the EU,” von der Leyen said in the...

EU, US urge North Macedonia to move forward on EU bid

Jul. 09, 2022 12:42 PM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — European Union and U.S. leaders are urging North Macedonia’s parliament to accept a French proposal that will move the tiny Balkan country closer toward EU membership and overcome objections by Bulgaria. “At this critical moment in European...

EXPLAINER: What's behind North Macedonia's long road to EU?

Jul. 08, 2022 04:02 AM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Nightly protests in North Macedonia over the past week have left dozens injured. At the heart of the turmoil is the small Balkan country’s long-running quest to join the European Union, a process that has faced one hurdle after the other. The most...