Macedonia

SKOPJE, Macedonia | Macedonian lawmakers debate putting new name in constitution

SKOPJE, Macedonia  — Macedonia’s parliament is debating constitutional amendments that are part of an agreement with neighboring Greece to rename the country “North Macedonia,” changes that would go a long way to ensuring the country can join NATO. Prime Minister Zoran Zaev’s left-led coalition is struggling to get two-thirds of parliament’s 120 lawmakers to approve … Continue reading SKOPJE, Macedonia | Macedonian lawmakers debate putting new name in constitution

BRUSSELS | Belgian police raid several soccer clubs in vast probe

BRUSSELS  — Belgian authorities say 57 police raids are ongoing in Belgium and six other European nations in a vast probe into financial fraud and match-fixing in soccer. The federal prosecutor’s office says 44 raids were being held in Belgium and 13 more in France, Luxembourg, Cyprus, Montenegro, Serbia and Macedonia. The prosecutor’s statement says … Continue reading BRUSSELS | Belgian police raid several soccer clubs in vast probe

U.S. Department of State News:Macedonia’s Referendum on the Prespa Agreement

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of State released the following statement: The United States welcomes the results of the Republic of Macedonia’s September 30 referendum, in which citizens expressed their support for NATO and European Union (EU) membership by accepting the Prespa Agreement between Macedonia and Greece.  The United States strongly supports the Agreement’s full … Continue reading U.S. Department of State News:Macedonia’s Referendum on the Prespa Agreement

SKOPJE, Macedonia | Macedonia: Referendum approves name change, but turnout low

SKOPJE, Macedonia  — A referendum on changing Macedonia’s name as part of a deal that would pave the way for NATO membership won overwhelming support Sunday, but low voter turnout highlighted the hurdles that still remain for the Balkan country to join the alliance. Prime Minister Zoran Zaev had hoped for a strong show of … Continue reading SKOPJE, Macedonia | Macedonia: Referendum approves name change, but turnout low

SKOPJE, Macedonia | The Latest: Low voter turnout celebrated in Macedonia

SKOPJE, Macedonia — The Latest on Macedonia’s referendum on a name change for the country (all times local): 8:00 p.m. The prime minister of Macedonia has declared a referendum on changing the country’s name a “success for democracy and for a European Macedonia,” and plans to address citizens again once results and final turnout figures … Continue reading SKOPJE, Macedonia | The Latest: Low voter turnout celebrated in Macedonia

SKOPJE, Macedonia | Opponents of Macedonia name change cheer low voter turnout

SKOPJE, Macedonia — A referendum on changing the nation of Macedonia’s name to North Macedonia to pave the way for NATO membership attracted tepid voter participation Sunday, a blow to the prime minister’s hopes for a strong message of support. Election officials reported that at 6:30 p.m., half an hour before poll-closing time, the turnout … Continue reading SKOPJE, Macedonia | Opponents of Macedonia name change cheer low voter turnout

SKOPJE, Macedonia | The Latest: Turnout in Macedonia name vote under 29 percent

SKOPJE, Macedonia — The Latest on Macedonia’s referendum on a name change for the country (all times local): 5:45 p.m. Macedonia’s state election commission says voter turnout for a referendum on changing the country’s name to North Macedonia to pave the way for NATO membership stood at 28.8 percent two hours before polls close. State … Continue reading SKOPJE, Macedonia | The Latest: Turnout in Macedonia name vote under 29 percent