Latest North Macedonia News

German president presses N Macedonia on EU-required reforms

Nov. 29, 2022 10:29 AM EST

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier has urged North Macedonia to acknowledge the presence of an ethnic Bulgarian minority in the country, amid other actions required to speed up its European Union accession process. Steinmeier arrived in the the...

N Macedonia, Albania boost ties amid common push to join EU

Nov. 14, 2022 15:12 PM EST

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — The prime ministers of North Macedonia and Albania agreed Monday to boost their cooperation, as both Balkan neighbors work to realize their ambitions of one day joining the European Union. During a meeting in North Macedonia's capital of Skopje,...

North Macedonia to pardon violators of pandemic measures

Nov. 12, 2022 13:15 PM EST

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — North Macedonia is planning to pardon more than 1,200 people who face prison sentences because they have failed to pay fines for violating restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic. Justice Minister Nikola Tupancheski said the criminal court in the...

N. Macedonia bans use of names linked to fascism

Nov. 02, 2022 13:58 PM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — North Macedonia’s parliament adopted a law Wednesday that prevents organizations and cultural clubs from using names considered linked to fascism, a response to Bulgarian clubs with names of controversial figures opening in the country and sparking protests. ...

EU expanding border guard presence along busy Balkan route

Oct. 26, 2022 16:26 PM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — The European Union signed an agreement Wednesday with North Macedonia to deploy officers from the bloc’s border protection agency Frontex in the small Balkan country as it expands its reach into nearby non-member states. The signing ceremony in...

Ethnic Bulgarian group's name stirs anger in North Macedonia

Oct. 07, 2022 13:12 PM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Left-wing supporters and nationalists in North Macedonia both voiced anger Friday at an ethnic Bulgarian association's move to name itself after a Bulgarian monarch who is deeply resented for his country's role in World War II. Relations between the...

Italian president backs North Macedonia's EU membership bid

Sep. 09, 2022 13:35 PM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Italian president Sergio Mattarella on Friday joined a long list of officials voicing support for North Macedonia joining the European Union together with other Western Balkan countries. “Without the entry of the countries from the Western Balkans...