About: Macedonia

Enlargement 20-03-2017

Forget Russia, new menace in Western Balkans is Trump-style populist politics

A new menace is stalking the Western Balkans: the region's political leaders themselves. Many are now retreating from serious engagement with Europe in order to play internal political games, writes Denis MacShane.

Politics 15-03-2017

Russia: Commission should play a more positive role in the Western Balkans

Speaking to EURACTIV.com, Russia’s Ambassador to the EU, Vladimir Chizhov, criticised the European Commission’s handling of the crises in Macedonia and Kosovo, and regretted the “hysteria” over alleged Russian interference in Montenegro.

Enlargement 13-03-2017

Brussels’ Balkan approach: Little carrot, broken stick

Once staunchly pro-EU, Kosovars are losing patience with Brussels, which they accuse of prioritising Serbian accession over their own sovereignty, warns the mayor of Kosovo’s capital, Shpend Ahmeti.

Enlargement 09-03-2017

EU to recommit support to Balkan candidate countries

European Union leaders will pledge "unequivocal support" for the Balkans today (9 March) in order to counter Russian influence and reinvigorate the region's bid to join the bloc, diplomats said.

Enlargement 06-03-2017

Mogherini to debrief EU leaders on external threats to Western Balkans

EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini will report to European foreign ministers today (6 March) on a trip she took to all six Western Balkans EU hopefuls, who find themselves under mounting geopolitical pressure.

Global Europe 03-03-2017

Balkan Mission Impossible for Mogherini

Europe’s foreign policy supremo, Federica Mogherini, is off on a mission even more difficult than getting Iran and the US to agree their nuclear deal, writes Denis MacShane.

Global Europe 03-03-2017

Russia accuses NATO, EU and Albania of meddling in Macedonia

Russia accused Albania, NATO and the European Union yesterday (2 March) of trying to impose a pro-Albanian government on Macedonia, which is gripped by political crisis.

Enlargement 02-03-2017

Macedonian president accused of fomenting ‘coup’

Macedonia's political crisis deepened yesterday (1 March) as opposition leader Zoran Zaev accused President Gjorge Ivanov of fomenting a "coup d’état" by refusing to give him the mandate for forming a government.

Elections 24-02-2017

Macedonia’s Social Democrats to form government with Albanian party support

The leader of Macedonia's Social Democrats said yesterday (23 February) he expected to be able to form a new government in March, having found an agreement with the biggest Albanian party over a law backing broader use of their language in the country.

Elections 24-02-2017

Hahn: All sides in Montenegro should show restraint

In an exclusive interview against the background of stalemate in Montenegro, Neighbourhood Commissioner Johannes Hahn told EURACTIV.com that he trusts the country’s political leaders will find a way to compromise, and that he hoped to meet them soon.

Elections 31-01-2017

Crisis drags on as Macedonia fails to form government

Macedonia's president on Monday (30 January) resumed the search for a new prime minister after the former premier failed to form a government, despite his party's narrow election victory.

Enlargement 30-01-2017

The approach the EU should take to the Western Balkans

The European Union’s approach to the Western Balkans is much the same as its approach to North Africa and the Middle East: prioritising stability. As a result, the Union risks aligning itself with increasingly illiberal and authoritarian regimes and mistaking their power for stability, argues Arlind Puka.

Enlargement 12-01-2017

Western Balkans enlargement: 2016 in review

In 2017, Serbia expects to see its membership negotiations with the EU intensify, despite a waning of regional enthusiasm for the bloc, due to concerns over its preoccupation with internal crises, such as Brexit. EURACTIV Serbia reports.

Enlargement 08-12-2016

Macedonian nationalist ex-PM set to win election in test for EU

Macedonia's veteran nationalist leader Nikola Gruevski looks set for a comeback in Sunday's (11 December) parliamentary election, posing a challenge to the European Union and its strategy of coaxing Balkan nations to make painful reforms in exchange for aid.

Enlargement 07-12-2016

Füle: If the EU disengages from the Balkans, others will engage ‘immediately’

Former Enlargement Commissioner Štefan Füle told an audience today (7 December) that if the EU distances itself from the Western Balkans, other geopolitical players will immediately seize the opportunity to assert their influence over the region.

Enlargement 30-11-2016

Hungary urges EU to speed up Balkan accession talks

Hungary called on the European Union to speed up accession talks with the Western Balkans yesterday (29 November), so as to "protect" the bloc from a future influx of migrants.

Austria and Balkan states prepare for collapse of EU-Turkey deal

Austria said on Monday (7 November) it will meet with its Balkan neighbours to discuss what action they might take if a deal with Turkey aimed at restricting the flow of illegal migrants into the European Union collapses.

Enlargement 12-10-2016

Thousands march against government in Macedonia

Several thousand people marched yesterday (11 October) along the streets of Macedonian capital Skopje protesting against the rule of conservative leader Nikola Gruevski's VMRO-DPMNE party ahead of December snap elections.

Enlargement 27-09-2016

World Bank: Western Balkans economically resilient despite setbacks

The World Bank published  a report today (27 September) revealing that the economies of the six Western Balkans countries have performed rather well despite Brexit, the slow recovery in the EU and enlargement fatigue.

Jean-Claude Juncker and Boyko Borissov in Sofia, Bulgaria, 27 April 2014 [Jean-Claude Juncker/Flickr]

Juncker promises Bulgaria aid to strengthen border with Turkey

Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker told Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov in a letter seen by EURACTIV that he is aware of the “fragile situation” of the country and that considerable support for the consolidation of the country’s border will be made available.

Enlargement 01-09-2016

Macedonian political parties agree December election after spy scandal

Macedonia's political parties agreed yesterday (31 August) to hold an early parliamentary election on 11 December in a step to resolve the 18-month-long crisis over a wiretapping scandal.

Global Europe 17-08-2016

Will the UN glass ceiling be shattered this time?

While the contest to select the next UN Secretary-General may not be on a par with the slugging match for the White House, it is beginning to heat up - with some decidedly undiplomatic tactics evident in the campaign to replace Ban Ki-moon, writes Dick Roche.

Global Europe 22-07-2016

Can Greece copy Morocco, and stop sulking?

Anyone ever tried to get from Athens to Skopje or Pristina? It’s a journey from hell as the excellent Aegean Airlines, which links all the region’s cities, have eliminated Macedonia and Kosovo from their satellite map, writes Denis MacShane.

Enlargement 05-07-2016

Hollande and Merkel reassure Balkan EU aspirants

French and German leaders yesterday (4 July) said Britain's shock decision to exit the EU would not influence Western Balkan nations aspiring to join the bloc.