Latest North Macedonia News

North Macedonia leaders agree on April 12 election date

Oct. 20, 2019 3:41 PM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — North Macedonia's political leaders agreed Sunday that an early election will be held next year, following the European Union's decision not to begin membership talks. Prime Minister Zoran Zaev said late Sunday after a meeting with President Stevo Pendarovski that the leaders...

North Macedonia PM Zaev calls for early election, blasts EU

Oct. 19, 2019 7:41 AM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — A "disappointed and outraged" North Macedonia Prime Minister Zoran Zaev says he will propose an early election in the face of the European Union's decision not to start membership talks with his country. Zaev said at a news conference Saturday that the date for the snap...

EU fails to launch membership talks with Balkans hopefuls

Oct. 18, 2019 9:49 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders failed Friday to agree on launching membership negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia in an embarrassing climb-down that could risk inflaming the volatile Balkans region. The two countries had expected to receive a green light to begin negotiations on joining...

As Britain battles to leave the EU, others struggle to join

Oct. 17, 2019 7:30 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — As Britain battles to leave the European Union, two countries from the Balkans were struggling to be allowed in Friday, despite warnings that turning them away would tarnish the EU's reputation and could risk inflaming the volatile region. Albania and North Macedonia were expecting this...

Serbia, Albania, North Macedonia pledge to open borders

Oct. 10, 2019 7:19 AM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — The leaders of Serbia, North Macedonia and Albania have pledged to lift barriers to free trade and travel between the three Balkan countries as they all seek entry into the European Union. Serbia President Aleksandar Vucic, North Macedonia Prime Minister Zoran Zaev and Albania Prime...

At UN, a world stage for disputes often out of the spotlight

Sep. 28, 2019 9:29 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Middle East. Trade tensions. Iran's nuclear program. Venezuela's power struggle. Civil wars in Syria and Yemen. Familiar flash points such as these got plenty of airtime at the U.N. General Assembly's big annual gathering this week. But some leaders used their time on the world...

North Macedonia doctors, nurses protest hospital assaults

Sep. 18, 2019 10:49 AM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Hundreds of doctors and nurses from North Macedonia's public hospitals have rallied in the capital to demand better security after a series of assaults on hospital personnel by patients and relatives. Health care providers protesting in Skopje on Wednesday threatened to go on...

EU's Tusk: North Macedonia is ready for EU membership talks

Sep. 17, 2019 12:20 PM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — European Council President Donald Tusk says North Macedonia is ready to start membership talks with the European Union, following a deal the country reached with neighboring Greece to change its name. Tusk spoke Tuesday during a visit to Skopje, where he met with President...

German wanted for drug trade arrested in North Macedonia

Aug. 24, 2019 1:54 PM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Police in North Macedonia say they have arrested a German national wanted by Interpol for allegedly procuring 700 kilograms of cocaine from an unnamed South American country and organizing its shipment to Hamburg, Germany. Police announced Saturday they arrested a German...

North Macedonia van crash kills migrant; 12 others injured

Aug. 24, 2019 5:47 AM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — North Macedonia police say a 20-year old migrant from Bangladesh was killed and 12 others injured when a van packed with migrants collided with a truck on the main highway in the south. Police said Saturday that a van with 13 migrants hit the rear of the truck near the town...