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EU enlargement chief urges Macedonians to back name deal

Sep. 18, 2018 11:38 AM EDT

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonia will take a big step to joining the European Union if the country supports a name change to "North Macedonia," the official in charge of the bloc's enlargement negotiations said Tuesday. Following talks with Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev in the capital Skopje,...

Mattis condemns Russian influence-peddling in Macedonia

Sep. 17, 2018 2:27 PM EDT

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Monday condemned Russia's efforts to use its money and influence to build opposition to an upcoming vote that could pave the way for Macedonia to join NATO, a move Moscow opposes. Mattis told reporters traveling with him to Skopje that there is "no...

Thousands march to promote vote for Macedonia name deal

Sep. 16, 2018 3:41 PM EDT

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Thousands of people marched in Macedonia's capital Sunday to promote support for changing the country's name in an upcoming referendum that also could clear the way for NATO membership. The referendum scheduled for Sept 30 will seek voter approval of an agreement with Greece to...

EU's Mogherini urges Macedonians to vote on deal with Greece

Sep. 13, 2018 1:41 PM EDT

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — The European Union's foreign policy chief on Thursday added her voice to a string of western officials urging the people of Macedonia to vote in a referendum on a deal with Greece that could enable the former Yugoslav republic's NATO and EU accession. Speaking in the capital,...

Western leaders line up to visit Macedonia before referendum

Sep. 12, 2018 6:06 PM EDT

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Western leaders have scheduled more visits to Macedonia ahead of an upcoming referendum that would change the country's name and get it fast-tracked for NATO membership. European Union foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini and U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European and...

Macedonia launches campaigning on name change referendum

Sep. 10, 2018 8:27 AM EDT

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Campaigning officially began in Macedonia on Monday for a Sept. 30 referendum on changing the country's name, a move which would allow the Balkan country to qualify for NATO membership and also pave its way toward the European Union. Macedonians will vote on a proposal to change...

US lawmaker in Macedonia to promote name deal with voters

Sep. 9, 2018 3:28 PM EDT

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — An American lawmaker who chairs a U.S. Senate subcommittee on regional security in Europe is urging Macedonia's voters to back a deal that would change the country's name and allow it to join NATO. Sen. Ron Johnson, a Republican from Wisconsin who chairs the U.S. Senate...

Merkel in Macedonia to back 'yes' vote on referendum

Sep. 8, 2018 8:55 AM EDT

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — German chancellor Angela Merkel visited Macedonia Saturday, the third western leader to do so this week in a show of support for the government ahead of an upcoming referendum to change the country's name and qualify for NATO membership. Macedonians vote Sept. 30 on a proposal to...

Austria's Kurz urges Macedonians to back deal with Greece

Sep. 7, 2018 5:41 AM EDT

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Austria's chancellor is urging Macedonians to vote, in a forthcoming referendum, for a deal with neighboring Greece to change their country's name to "North Macedonia." Sebastian Kurz says the European Union will only be complete after western Balkan nations, including Macedonia,...

NATO Macedonia: Name change a must for membership

Sep. 6, 2018 2:14 PM EDT

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg told Macedonia's political leaders Thursday that the Balkan country can only join the military alliance if voters back a name change that will placate concerns within neighboring Greece. Stoltenberg met with Prime Minister Zoran Zaev to...