Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker was due to meet with Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski on Thursday in Brussels. However, a Commission spokesperson announced Monday (23 February) that the meeting has been cancelled.
The Juncker-Gruevski meeting was announced in the Commission’s calendar of meetings published on 20 February. Juncker deputy spokesperson Mina Andreeva said yesterday that “Because of the evolving situation on the ground, there was an agreement that it is not opportune to hold this meeting right now.”
The situation in Macedonia remains tense, after opposition leader Zoran Zaev published audio tapes on Sunday (15 February) that he said demonstrated the government’s total control over the judiciary.
The authorities accuse Zaev of conspiring with an unnamed foreign intelligence service. Zaev denies it.