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EU set to delay membership talks with Albania, N Macedonia

Jun. 12, 2019 8:06 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders appear set to push back the start of membership talks with Albania and North Macedonia despite warnings that further delays could undermine pro-democratic reform efforts and stability in the volatile Balkans region. The prospect of EU membership has been a powerful...

Czech Republic urges EU to start talks with North Macedonia

Jun. 11, 2019 9:44 AM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — The Czech prime minister is urging the European Union to start accession talks with North Macedonia, saying failure to do so would send the wrong message to would-be members of the bloc. Andrej Babish says EU leaders should "keep their word" in starting negotiations with the...

NMacedonia: Parliament strips former PM of lawmaker status

Jun. 11, 2019 9:37 AM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — North Macedonia's parliament has formally stripped former conservative prime minister Nikola Gruevski of his lawmaker status, after he fled the country last year to avoid serving a two-year jail sentence in a corruption scandal. Parliament speaker Talat Xhaferi said Tuesday...

223 Polish soccer fans arrested after clashes in Skopje

Jun. 8, 2019 12:11 PM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — North Macedonia police say 223 Polish soccer fans were arrested in the capital of Skopje late Friday for public disturbances ahead of a 2020 European Championship qualifier between Poland and North Macedonia. Police said in a statement that a large group of Polish fans fought...

North Macedonia prime minister hints at early elections

Jun. 6, 2019 12:03 PM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — North Macedonia's prime minister says he could call early elections if his country fails to get a date for the start of European Union accession talks, addressing domestic frustration with the slow pace of progress in joining the bloc. Zoran Zaev said Thursday that several...

Greece, North Macedonia open embassies after name deal

May. 31, 2019 9:51 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece has upgraded its diplomatic mission to North Macedonia's capital of Skopje to an embassy, following a deal to normalize relations with its neighbor — which renamed itself from Macedonia. A foreign ministry statement says Greece is also upgrading its representation in...

EU urged to start accession talks with Albania, N. Macedonia

May. 29, 2019 1:14 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Commission on Wednesday urged European Union nations to open membership talks with Albania and North Macedonia, saying the Balkans countries "have delivered on reforms." EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini told reporters that accession talks with the two countries should...

North Macedonia's new president clears legislation backlog

May. 21, 2019 11:19 AM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — North Macedonia's new president has cleared a backlog of legislation adopted by parliament that his predecessor had refused to sign into law because of a dispute with the center-left government. The office of Stevo Pendarovski, whose candidacy was backed by the governing...

Greek fighter jets overfly North Macedonia under NATO tests

May. 21, 2019 9:46 AM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — North Macedonia says fighter jets from neighboring Greece have carried out NATO-linked test overflights of its territory as part of the country's process of joining the alliance. The defense ministry said Tuesday's two flights tested radar and communications coverage of North...

Pendarovski sworn in as new North Macedonia president

May. 12, 2019 7:52 AM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Stevo Pendarovski has been sworn in as the new president of North Macedonia, promising he will serve all citizens in a deeply divided society and will lobby European Union leaders to approve the start of his country's accession talks in June. The 56-year-old was sworn in...