About: name dispute

Enlargement 06-09-2017

Macedonia says ‘big step’ made in name row with Greece

Macedonia hailed a "big step" towards resolving a quarter-century-old dispute with neighbour Greece on Tuesday (5 September) over its name that has seen it blocked from NATO and European Union membership talks.

Languages & Culture 19-07-2017

Macedonia says ‘FYROM’ name no better than ‘Klingon’

Macedonia rejected suggestions on Wednesday (18 July) it could end a row with Greece over its name by adopting an unwieldy acronym instead, saying it was as alien as the "Klingon" language in Star Trek.

Global Europe 12-06-2017

New Macedonia leaders vow to revive EU/NATO bid

Macedonia's new leaders showed fresh resolve to revive the country's stalled bid for membership of the EU and NATO on Monday (June 12) by vowing to mend relations with estranged EU neighbours Greece and Bulgaria and implement long-delayed reforms.

Enlargement 04-04-2017

Tusk tells Macedonia, paralysed by political crisis, to focus on EU entry

European Council President Donald Tusk said in Macedonia yesterday (3 April) he hoped the country's leaders would avoid fuelling ethnic tensions and focus on advancing towards EU membership instead.

Enlargement 22-03-2017

Rise above political bickering, Hahn urges Macedonia leaders

Macedonia needs to rise above political feuding and form a government as soon as possible to unblock the Balkan country's path to European Union membership, the EU said yesterday (21 March).

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.

Enlargement 12-12-2016

Macedonia’s nationalists, Social Democrats, almost tied in parliamentary vote

Macedonia's nationalist VMRO-DPMNE and opposition Social Democrats were virtually tied in a Sunday (11 December) election aimed at ending a two-year-long crisis which brought down the previous government, state election commission preliminary results showed.

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 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.

Languages & Culture 03-07-2014

Macedonian spat marks end of Greek presidency

During his last appearance in the European Parliament in his capacity as EU President, Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras said he did not know about the existence of a Macedonian language, and that this tongue was created by the communists in Tito’s Yugoslavia.

Elections 28-04-2014

Gruevski emerges stronger from Macedonia elections, opposition cries foul

Macedonia's conservative ruling party has secured a third term in office, winning both parliamentary and presidential elections Sunday (27 April), based on preliminary results of the ballot that the opposition said it would not recognise.

Enlargement 23-01-2014

Republic of Macedonia – back to Yugoslavia?

The true goal of Prime Minister of the Republic of Macedonia Nikola Gruevski is not to join NATO and the EU, but to become part of Serbia or a new Yugoslavia, writes Miroslav Rizinski.

Enlargement 19-12-2013

Macedonia’s ethnic Albanians lose patience over EU accession talks

Ethnic Albanian citizens in Macedonia are calling on foreign leaders to help the country sort out the name dispute with Greece and start accession negotiations with the EU, but the bloc is showing increased disappointment with the lack of progress in Skopje on democratic standards.

Enlargement 02-10-2013

Skopje politicians bicker over Macedonian name dispute

The government in Skopje reacted strongly to statements made by Radmila Šekerinska, vice president of the opposition Social Democratic Union of Macedonia in which she said that the authorities of her country and Greece are equally to blame for the name dispute dividing the two neighbours. EURACTIV Greece reports.

Enlargement 24-09-2013

Skopje and Athens are ‘brothers in crime’ on Macedonia name dispute

The stalemate on the Macedonia name dispute between Athens and Skopje is a “lose-lose game”, and the two governments are “brothers in crime" on the issue, says Radmila Šekerinska, vice president of the opposition Social Democratic Union of Macedonia. EURACTIV Greece reports.

Enlargement 24-05-2013

Leading MEP: Better to postpone decision on Macedonia’s EU talks

The European Parliament's rapporteur on Macedonia said it was better to postpone a decision to start accession negotiations with Macedonia than risk disappointing the country again and seeing it “walk away” from its EU path.

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Enlargement 18-04-2013

Macedonia erases ‘irredentist’ claims as Commission tables report

In the wake of a Commission report on Macedonia that underlines the country's "good" relations with its neighbours, the Foreign Ministry removed information from its website that was seen as irredentist by Bulgaria and Greece.

Enlargement 17-04-2013

Macedonia erases ‘irredentist’ claims as Commission tables report

In the wake of a Commission report on Macedonia that underlines the country's "good" relations with its neighbours, the Foreign Ministry removed information from its website that was seen as irredentist by Bulgaria and Greece.

Enlargement 16-04-2013

UN mediator tables new proposal for Macedonia’s name

Macedonia expects a key Commission report to be tabled today (16 April) to confirm that the country is ready to begin accession negotiations. In the meantime, a UN mediator has tabled a new proposal for a name that would be acceptable to Greece.