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Germany offers support on N. Macedonia’s stalled EU bid

Nov. 13, 2019 11:08 AM EST

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Germany’s foreign minister has offered backing for North Macedonia’s efforts to start membership talks with the European Union, after a minority of EU members blocked the process. Heiko Maas said Wednesday that the EU “has to open the doors” to the...

EU Parliament head urges for Balkan membership talks

Nov. 5, 2019 7:42 AM EST

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — The head of the European Parliament says there is still hope for Balkan countries to join the European Union, and urged for membership talks to open soon with North Macedonia and Albania. David Sassoli made the comments during a speech to North Macedonia's lawmakers in Skopje...

European Parliament head urges N. Macedonia not to give up

Nov. 4, 2019 12:36 PM EST

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — The European Parliament's president is urging North Macedonia not to give up on its hopes of joining the European Union following its frustrated bid to start membership talks with the bloc. David Sassoli says the small Balkan nation must remain committed to its target of...

The Latest: Croatia holds 3 Brits over migrant smuggling

Nov. 4, 2019 12:01 PM EST

ROME (AP) — The Latest on Europe's migrant crisis (all times local): 6:50 p.m. Police in Croatia have detained three British citizens for allegedly smuggling migrants, saying one of the men also tried to run over a Croatian police officer. A statement says police on Saturday approached a 31-year-old...

Italian ship with 151 rescued migrants docks in Sicily

Nov. 3, 2019 3:29 PM EST

ROME (AP) — An Italian offshore supply vessel has brought 151 migrants to Sicily after rescuing them in waters off Libya a day earlier. The Asso Trenta docked Sunday at Pozzallo with the migrants. It wasn't immediately known if they would stay in Italy or be distributed among other European Union...

US diplomat voices support for North Macedonia's NATO entry

Oct. 31, 2019 10:34 AM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — A senior U.S. diplomat has reaffirmed Washington's support for North Macedonia's efforts to join NATO and the European Union, two weeks after France vetoed the country's EU membership talks. Matthew Palmer, a U.S. special representative for the Western Balkans, said after...

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...