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European corruption watchdog calls Macedonia 'disappointing'

Aug. 10, 2018 9:36 AM EDT

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonia's performance on preventing corruption is "clearly disappointing," the Council of Europe's anti-corruption group has said, calling on authorities to take action. A compliance report by the GRECO group Thursday noted Macedonia "made no substantial progress" in implementing...

NATO's top general visits candidate member Macedonia

Aug. 9, 2018 4:04 PM EDT

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — NATO's top military officer is visiting Macedonia, which hopes to join the alliance once a landmark deal with neighboring Greece to rename itself North Macedonia has been fully implemented. U.S. Army Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, NATO's supreme commander in Europe, congratulated...

US official urges Macedonians to take part in new name vote

Aug. 1, 2018 2:15 PM EDT

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — A U.S. State Department official has urged Macedonians to participate in a September referendum on a deal meant to settle a festering name dispute with neighboring Greece. Visiting Macedonia on Wednesday, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Matthew Palmer voiced support for the...

PM urges Macedonians to approve name deal in referendum

Jul. 31, 2018 9:15 AM EDT

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonia's prime minister is urging his countrymen to vote in an upcoming referendum in favor of a deal with neighboring Greece that changes his country's name to "North Macedonia." Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, speaking in the capital of Skopje on Tuesday, said the Sept. 30...

Russia denies promoting Macedonia protests over name deal

Jul. 17, 2018 3:42 PM EDT

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — The Russian Embassy in Macedonia on Tuesday denied the Macedonian prime minister's allegations that Moscow is involved in public protests of an agreement with Greece that would enable the former Yugoslav republic to join NATO. In a statement , the embassy described Prime Minister...

Macedonia celebrates the invitation to join NATO

Jul. 14, 2018 4:03 PM EDT

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Thousands of people have gathered in 15 cities in Macedonia to celebrate an invitation that NATO recently extended to this Balkan nation to become the 30th member of the military alliance. NATO leaders formally invited Macedonia earlier this week to start membership talks, with the...

Macedonia jails 7 for beating deputy in parliament invasion

Jul. 5, 2018 9:13 AM EDT

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — A Macedonian court on Thursday convicted seven men of attempting to murder a lawmaker during a mob invasion of parliament at the height of the country's political crisis last year. The Skopje court imposed sentences ranging from 10 to 13½ years in prison on the defendants....

Macedonia: Thousands protest over new name deal with Greece

Jun. 23, 2018 4:40 PM EDT

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Thousands of people have protested outside Macedonia's parliament building in Skopje against a deal with Greece aimed at ending a decades-long dispute over Macedonia's name. The protest, organized by the student organization "Youth for Macedonia" late Saturday, had as its motto:...