Macedonia

U.S. Department of State News: Macedonia Implements Prespa Agreement

WASHINGTON – Jan. 12, 2019 – The U.S. Department of State (DOS) released the following statement today: The United States welcomes the decision by Macedonia’s Parliament to adopt the constitutional amendments needed to ratify the Prespa Agreement with Greece.  Macedonia’s leaders demonstrated vision, courage, and persistence in their pursuit of a solution to the name … Continue reading U.S. Department of State News: Macedonia Implements Prespa Agreement

United States | Deputy Secretary Sullivan Travels to Bratislava, Vienna, Sofia, Sarajevo, Skopje, and Warsaw

United States – Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan will travel to Bratislava, Vienna, Sofia, Sarajevo, Skopje, and Warsaw from December 12-20. On December 12 in Bratislava, Slovakia, Deputy Secretary Sullivan will underscore the importance of U.S.-Slovak bilateral relations and urge senior Slovak officials to use their upcoming chairpersonship of the OSCE to strengthen … Continue reading United States | Deputy Secretary Sullivan Travels to Bratislava, Vienna, Sofia, Sarajevo, Skopje, and Warsaw

SKOPJE, Macedonia | Macedonia pro-opposition rally staged against name deal

SKOPJE, Macedonia — Several thousand supporters of Macedonia’s conservative opposition have marched through the capital Skopje to protest a proposed agreement with Greece to change the country’s name to North Macedonia. The conservative VMRO-DPMNE party, which governed between 2006 and 2016, renewed a demand Wednesday for an early election, arguing that the 18-month-old Social Democrat … Continue reading SKOPJE, Macedonia | Macedonia pro-opposition rally staged against name deal

THESSALONIKI, Greece | Macedonia, Greece say progress made on school books talks

THESSALONIKI, Greece— Senior officials from Greece and neighbor Macedonia say progress has been made in talks to revise school books in the two countries as part of an effort to end hostility between the two countries. The two Balkan countries are seeking to end decades of tension with an agreement that would see Greece’s neighbor … Continue reading THESSALONIKI, Greece | Macedonia, Greece say progress made on school books talks

SKOPJE, Macedonia | Macedonia court orders 30-day custody for former spy chief

SKOPJE, Macedonia— A former Macedonian intelligence chief has been taken into custody for a minimum of 30 days after judicial authorities considered him a flight risk to potentially avoid standing trial over a major wiretapping scandal. The remand order, announced Wednesday, was issued for Saso Mijalkov who headed state security agency UBK for nearly a … Continue reading SKOPJE, Macedonia | Macedonia court orders 30-day custody for former spy chief

SKOPJE, Macedonia | Macedonia formally demands return of fugitive ex-premier

SKOPJE, Macedonia — Macedonia’s Foreign Ministry has summoned Hungary’s ambassador to formally demand that the government in Budapest reject an asylum application by fugitive former Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski. The 48-year-old politician fled Macedonia and traveled to the Hungarian capital last week after police tried to arrest him to serve a two-year prison sentence for … Continue reading SKOPJE, Macedonia | Macedonia formally demands return of fugitive ex-premier

SKOPJE, Macedonia | The Latest: Macedonia ex-leader requests asylum in Hungary

SKOPJE, Macedonia — The Latest on the former prime minister who fled Macedonia (all times local): 5:55 p.m. Hungary’s opposition parties are calling on the Hungarian government to arrest and quickly extradite the fugitive former Macedonian prime minister who is seeking asylum in Hungary. Nikola Gruevski fled Macedonia as he was supposed to begin serving … Continue reading SKOPJE, Macedonia | The Latest: Macedonia ex-leader requests asylum in Hungary

SKOPJE, Macedonia | Macedonia ex-leader requests asylum in Hungary

SKOPJE, Macedonia  — Former Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski, who fled his country to avoid a two-year prison term for corruption, has requested asylum in Hungary, the Hungarian government said Wednesday. Meanwhile, Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev called on Hungary to extradite Gruevski, his bitter political rival. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s office said it … Continue reading SKOPJE, Macedonia | Macedonia ex-leader requests asylum in Hungary

SKOPJE, Macedonia | Macedonia to seek arrest in Hungary of former prime minister

SKOPJE, Macedonia  — Macedonia will seek the arrest with an international warrant of conservative former Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski after confirming he fled to Hungary to avoid serving a two-year prison sentence for corruption, authorities said Tuesday. The Interior Ministry responded nearly five hours after Gruevski announced he was in Budapest in a Facebook post, … Continue reading SKOPJE, Macedonia | Macedonia to seek arrest in Hungary of former prime minister

SKOPJE, Macedonia | Macedonian police issue arrest warrant for former PM

SKOPJE, Macedonia  — Macedonian police sought the country’s former prime minister late Monday, looking to arrest him to begin serving a two-year prison term following his conviction on corruption-related charges. Interior Ministry spokesman Toni Angelovski told The Associated Press that police issued a warrant for Nikola Gruevski’s arrest on instructions from Macedonia’s criminal court. On … Continue reading SKOPJE, Macedonia | Macedonian police issue arrest warrant for former PM

SKOPJE, Macedonia | Neighboring Macedonia and Greece restart direct flights

SKOPJE, Macedonia  — Macedonia and Greece have restarted direct commercial flights after more than a decade following an agreement to try and end a long-standing dispute over the Balkan republic’s name. Macedonian Deputy Prime Minister Bujar Osmani was on the Olympic Airlines flight to the Macedonian capital of Skopje on Thursday after talks in Athens. … Continue reading SKOPJE, Macedonia | Neighboring Macedonia and Greece restart direct flights

SKOPJE, Macedonia | Macedonian court orders former PM to serve jail sentence

SKOPJE, Macedonia — Macedonia’s criminal court has ordered a former conservative prime minister to appear at the capital’s jail by Nov. 8 to begin serving a two-year prison sentence for influencing officials to buy a luxury car. Skopje’s criminal court said Friday it had notified Nikola Gruevski, prime minister from 2006-2016, during a court appearance … Continue reading SKOPJE, Macedonia | Macedonian court orders former PM to serve jail sentence

U.S. Department of State News: Macedonia Parliament Decision on Prespa Agreement

Statement from the U.S. Department of State Macedonia Parliament Decision Prespa Agreement WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of State released the following statement: The United States welcomes the decision by Macedonia’s Parliament to initiate the constitutional changes needed to implement the Prespa Agreement with Greece.  The United States believes that the Prespa Agreement is a … Continue reading U.S. Department of State News: Macedonia Parliament Decision on Prespa Agreement

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

SKOPJE, Macedonia | Low voter turnout at Macedonian referendum

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, with turnout standing below 29 percent two hours before polls close. Macedonians were voting on whether to accept a government deal with Greece to end a dispute dating … Continue reading SKOPJE, Macedonia | Low voter turnout at Macedonian referendum

SKOPJE, Macedonia | The Latest: Turnout for Macedonian name change vote is low

SKOPJE, Macedonia — The Latest on Macedonia’s referendum on a name change for the country (all times local): 3 p.m. A Macedonian election official says turnout in Macedonia’s name change referendum stood at 16 percent six hours before the polls close. Macedonians are voting on whether to accept a deal with neighboring Greece under which … Continue reading SKOPJE, Macedonia | The Latest: Turnout for Macedonian name change vote is low

SKOPJE, Macedonia | Mattis condemns Russia for influence-peddling in Macedonia

SKOPJE, Macedonia — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis arrived in Macedonia on Monday, condemning Russian efforts to use its money and influence to build opposition to an upcoming vote that could pave the way for the country to join NATO, a move Moscow opposes. Mattis told reporters traveling with him to Skopje that there is “no … Continue reading SKOPJE, Macedonia | Mattis condemns Russia for influence-peddling in Macedonia

United States | Assistant Secretary Mitchell Travel to Tbilisi and Skopje

United States – Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs A. Wess Mitchell will travel to Europe from September 11 to 14. On September 11, he will arrive in Tbilisi, Georgia, where he will meet with senior officials, other political leaders, and civil society representatives to discuss U.S.-Georgian cooperation on a range of … Continue reading United States | Assistant Secretary Mitchell Travel to Tbilisi and Skopje

SKOPJE, Macedonia | NATO chief visits Macedonia before referendum on name change

SKOPJE, Macedonia — NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has arrived in Macedonia before a referendum planned in the country on whether to change its name and resolve a long-standing dispute with alliance member Greece. Stoltenberg landed in the capital on Wednesday and is due to meet with Prime Minister Zoran Zaev and other political leaders on … Continue reading SKOPJE, Macedonia | NATO chief visits Macedonia before referendum on name change

DURRES, Albania | Western Balkan PMs talk on next European integration steps

DURRES, Albania  — Prime ministers of the Western Balkan countries have gathered at an informal meeting at the Albanian western port city of Durres to discuss regional issues. The main topic of Monday’s one-day meeting is “regional economic integration,” including discussions about developing a joint vision for aligning with the European Union, the implementation of … Continue reading DURRES, Albania | Western Balkan PMs talk on next European integration steps

KOPJE, Macedonia | NATO’s top general visits candidate member Macedonia

KOPJE, Macedonia— NATO’s top military officer is visiting Macedonia, which hopes to join the alliance once a landmark deal with neighboring Greece to rename itself North Macedonia has been fully implemented. U.S. Army Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, NATO’s supreme commander in Europe, congratulated Macedonia’s leaders Thursday in the capital of Skopje for the country’s “significant progress” … Continue reading KOPJE, Macedonia | NATO’s top general visits candidate member Macedonia

SKOPJE, Macedonia | Macedonia celebrates the invitation to join NATO

SKOPJE, Macedonia — Thousands of people have gathered in 15 cities in Macedonia to celebrate an invitation that NATO recently extended to this Balkan nation to become the 30th member of the military alliance. NATO leaders formally invited Macedonia earlier this week to start membership talks, with the condition that membership can’t be completed until … Continue reading SKOPJE, Macedonia | Macedonia celebrates the invitation to join NATO