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Spain's PM offers support for North Macedonia's EU candidacy

Jul. 31, 2022 15:52 PM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has offered North Macedonia his country’s full support for integration into the 27-nation European Union. Sanchez held talks Sunday with North Macedonian Prime Minister Dimitar Kovachevski in the capital of...

Envoys from Bulgaria, North Macedonia meet on EU bloc talks

Jul. 17, 2022 10:31 AM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — The foreign ministers of Bulgaria and North Macedonia met in Sofia on Sunday to discuss the next steps of North Macedonia's path to EU membership talks, a day after the parliament in Skopje voted in support of a French proposal that should lift Bulgari's veto of North...

EU, US urge North Macedonia to move forward on EU bid

Jul. 09, 2022 12:42 PM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — European Union and U.S. leaders are urging North Macedonia’s parliament to accept a French proposal that will move the tiny Balkan country closer toward EU membership and overcome objections by Bulgaria. “At this critical moment in European...

EXPLAINER: What's behind North Macedonia's long road to EU?

Jul. 08, 2022 04:02 AM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Nightly protests in North Macedonia over the past week have left dozens injured. At the heart of the turmoil is the small Balkan country’s long-running quest to join the European Union, a process that has faced one hurdle after the other. The most...

EU urges N Macedonia to back proposed deal with Bulgaria

Jul. 05, 2022 16:18 PM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — European Council President Charles Michel urged North Macedonia on Tuesday to back a French-proposed compromise on ending a dispute with neighboring Bulgaria that's blocking the country's long-delayed European Union accession bid. Violent protests...

Macedonians protest French proposals over rift with Bulgaria

Jul. 02, 2022 16:38 PM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Tens of thousands massed outside government offices late Saturday to protest a French proposal for solving North Macedonia's dispute with Bulgaria that is blocking the country's membership talks with the European Union. North Macedonia’s government...

Widespread strikes disrupt services in North Macedonia

Jun. 22, 2022 09:05 AM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — A strike by government workers in North Macedonia disrupted services Wednesday over a pay dispute between unions and the country’s center-left government fueled by high inflation. Police associations, health care workers, municipal employees and...

Opposition rally demands early elections in North Macedonia

Jun. 18, 2022 19:06 PM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Thousands of supporters of North Macedonia’s main opposition party gathered Saturday evening in the center of the capital Skopje to pressure the leftist government to call an election two years before the end of its term. The center-right VMRO-DPMNE...

Leading EU official calls bloc's expansion a “top priority”

Jun. 16, 2022 11:33 AM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — European Council President Charles Michel visited North Macedonia on Thursday and said efforts to start European Union membership talks with the landlocked Balkan country and neighboring Albania have become a “top priority” since Russia's invasion of Ukraine. ...

North Macedonia: Police seize some 16,000 cannabis plants

Jun. 14, 2022 10:55 AM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Police in North Macedonia uprooted thousands of cannabis plants illegally cultivated near a village, authorities said Tuesday, adding the marijuana that could have been harvested from them had a street value of about 5 million euros ($5.2 million). A...