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German Minister of State for European Affairs Michael Roth, left on a screen, talks during a news conference with European Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic, right, and European Commissioner for Justice Didier Reynders following a video European Affairs Ministers meeting at the European Council headquarters in Brussels, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020. With the European Union on the verge of an embarrassing crisis, EU officials and a large majority of member states urged Poland and Hungary on Tuesday to lift their veto on the adoption of huge money package that threatens to derail the bloc's efforts to recover from the coronavirus pandemic. (Olivier Hoslet/Pool Photo via AP)

Bulgaria blocks North Macedonia's EU accession talks

Nov. 17, 2020 3:02 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Bulgaria blocked the start of already long-delayed European Union accession talks with North Macedonia on Tuesday because of disputes over history and language. Following a meeting of European affairs ministers, German minister Michael Roth said Bulgaria couldn't agree to the start of...

10 arrested in North Macedonia migrant smuggling bust

Oct. 15, 2020 10:57 AM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Ten men were arrested in North Macedonia on Thursday, accused of running a smuggling ring that brought in migrants from neighboring Greece. The Macedonian nationals, including a father and son who police say were the ringleaders, allegedly brought at least 100 migrants from...

EU official touts extra billions for Western Balkans

Oct. 7, 2020 11:58 AM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — The European Union’s enlargement commissioner said Wednesday that the bloc is seeking to secure another 20 billion euros ($24 billion) of investment to help the Western Balkans catch up economically with the rest of Europe. While in Skopje on the first leg of his...

FILE - In this Oct. 19, 2018 file photo, Nikola Gruevski, Macedonia's former prime minister, looks on in parliament in the capital, Skopje. A criminal court in North Macedonia has sentenced  former conservative prime minister Nikola Gruevski to 1 1/2 years in prison, and handed suspended sentences to six other party members and supporters for orchestrating violence in 2013, it was reported on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020.  (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski, File)

North Macedonia: Former PM sentenced to 1½ years in prison

Sep. 29, 2020 5:23 PM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — A criminal court in North Macedonia has sentenced former conservative prime minister Nikola Gruevski to 1 1/2 years in prison, and handed suspended sentences to six other party members and supporters for orchestrating violence in 2013. Gruevski, who was granted political...