About: Macedonia

Enlargement 30-07-2018

Hahn on Western Balkans: Exporting stability instead of importing instability

The Commission is satisfied with its Western Balkans strategy, as it has triggered a new dynamic in the region. In an interview with EURACTIV Germany, Commissioner for Enlargement, Johannes Hahn, however, pleads for realism.
Enlargement 25-06-2018

Greek FM: Europe must keep its word to North Macedonia and Albania

EXCLUSIVE / EU capitals should keep their word and open accession negotiations with North Macedonia and Albania at the 28-29 June summit, Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Kotzias told EURACTIV.com in a wide-ranging interview.

Enlargement 20-04-2018

Hahn: Carrot for Albania and Macedonia, customs union for Turkey

With the Western Balkans accession talks underway, the EU’s enlargement policy is advancing. In the case of Turkey, however, there is a deadlock. In an interview with EURACTIV Germany, Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn comments on the recent developments.
Global Europe 03-04-2017

Albanian foreign minister: New Balkan alliances oppose tribunals

In a wide-ranging interview, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Albania Ditmir Bushati explained the political situation in his country, the so-called ‘Tirana platform’ that has raised eyebrows in Macedonia, Balkan geopolitics and the need for the EU to do more for the six candidate countries.
EU Priorities 2020 04-12-2014

Hahn: Enlargement stalemate will not slow accession negotiations

Even without further EU enlargement over the next five years, accession prospects drive long overdue structural reforms and promote democratisation, says EU Commissioner Johannes Hahn, whose personal goal is to help resolve the “conflict of language” between Greece and Macedonia. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Languages & Culture 14-11-2014

Smilevski: Adolfina is a metaphor for the people that are forgotten

?SPECIAL REPORT: "Historiography is obsessed with the rulers, men of power and influential people, while the memories about ordinary people die with those that have known them," says Goce Smilevski, about his decision to write a novel about Sigmund Freud's sister, Adolfina.
Enlargement 13-08-2012

Füle: Enlargement brings ‘positive news’ in times of crisis

Even in times of crisis, nine European countries strive to join the EU. It would be an “enormous mistake” if the Union would lose interest in expansion, Štefan Füle told EURACTIV Czech Republic in an exclusive interview.
Global Europe 20-12-2011

Parliament rapporteur: All EU countries should recognise Kosovo

Austrian MEP Ulrike Lunacek (Greens/EFA group), the European Parliament's rapporteur on Kosovo, urges the five EU countries that have not recognised Kosovo's independence – Greece, Cyprus, Romania, Slovakia and Spain – to do so. She spoke to EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
Energy 12-11-2010

MEP: Serbs think they’re top dogs in Balkans

Many Serbs feel they are superior in South Eastern Europe and feel offended that Bulgaria and Romania joined the European Union first, Hungarian centre-right MEP György Schöpflin (European People's Party), shadow rapporteur on Serbia, told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
Enlargement 18-05-2010

Former Bulgarian President: Turkey should join EU

Turkey should join the European Union and this would bring more benefit to the EU than to Turkey itself, Zhelyu Zhelev, a former president of Bulgaria (1990-1996), told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview. He also criticised Greece for vetoing the start of Macedonia's EU accession talks over the 'name dispute'.
Med & South 30-03-2010

Füle: ‘I’m enjoying every minute of my work as commissioner’

By the end of his term in 2014, Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy Commissioner Štefan Füle hopes to have achieved enough to end talk of "enlargement fatigue" and help EU citizens to see more clearly the benefits of an enlarged Europe.
Enlargement 10-03-2010

Diplomat: ‘Macedonia is a special case’

Macedonia's two ethnic communities, Macedonians and Albanians, need to agree on the future direction of the country, Agron Buxhaku, Macedonian ambassador to France, told EURACTIV France in an interview. The diplomat admits that if the EU is to maintain an open door to the Balkans, the candidate countries must work harder to democratise their own societies.
Enlargement 09-03-2010

Ambassador: Macedonia has just one problem with one EU member

A recent European Parliament resolution, approved by an overwhelming majority of MEPs, shows most of the EU agrees that Macedonia is ready to start accession negotiations, Igor Ilievski, Macedonia's ambassador to Prague, told EURACTIV Czech Republic in an interview.
Enlargement 07-12-2009

Leading MEP: Bilateral issues ‘an obstacle’ to enlargement

Bilateral issues are creating tension ahead of a crucial meeting today (7 December) of EU foreign affairs ministers, MEP Eduard Kukan, who was Slovakia's foreign minister for over eight years, told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
Enlargement 23-10-2009

Macedonian minister: Seeking ‘win-win solution’ to name dispute

Macedonia hopes to solve its name dispute with Greece without winners or losers, Vasko Naumovski, the country’s deputy prime minister for European integration, told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
Med & South 10-04-2008

MEP Van Orden: ‘Not happy’ about Kosovo outcome

British Conservative MEP and foreign affairs committee member Geoffrey Van Orden believes greater autonomy for Kosovo within Serbia would have been a better solution, strengthening reformists in Serbia and improving Western relations with Russia. He was speaking to EURACTIV in an interview.
Enlargement 19-07-2007

Macedonia ‘ready to open accession negotiations’

Macedonia hopes to receive a positive recommendation from the EU in order to open accession negotiations soon. The country is working hard to improve its visibility, as well as to fulfil the necessary political and economic criteria.