About: name disputes

Enlargement 04-03-2013

Violence erupts after Füle mission to Macedonia

Riot police in Macedonia clashed with ethnic Albanian protestors over the weekend following the appointment of a former guerrilla fighter as defence minister. The clashes came after Enlargement Commissioner Štefan Füle visited the country to defuse tension between the government and opposition. 
Enlargement 01-03-2013

Füle heads to Macedonia ‘at critical juncture’

One week after warning that Macedonia's Euro-Atlantic path was “threatened”, Enlargement Commissioner Štefan Füle is in Skopje today (1 March), in an effort to defuse tensions between the government and the opposition that have been growing since last December.
Enlargement 08-11-2012

Macedonia warms to Greek name solution initiative

Skopje has made a promising opening to Greece by reacting favourably to a proposal aimed at resolving the long-standing name dispute between the countries.
Enlargement 05-10-2012

Greece floats proposal for Macedonia name solution

Greece has tabled a draft memorandum of understanding apparently aimed at seeking a solution to its long-standing name dispute with EU candidate Macedonia. But EU diplomats expressed disappointment at its content, which doesn’t appear to make new proposals.
Enlargement 28-08-2012

Ethnic tension rocks Macedonian government

Macedonia may face early elections after an ethnic Albanian party that is part of the governing coalition threatened to quit in protest of a draft law on the rights of Macedonian soldiers and their families that was put before parliament.
Global Europe 21-05-2012

NATO summit keeps enlargement off the table

A two-day NATO summit continues today (21 May) with the future of the alliance’s action in Afghanistan and the Europe-based anti-missile shield featuring high on the agenda. In contrast, NATO enlargement has been taken off the table.
Enlargement 15-03-2012

MEPs scrutinise EU hopefuls ‘case by case’

The European Parliament adopted yesterday (14 March) resolutions on three countries, representing extremes in terms of their EU accession process: Iceland, which moves on a fast track; Macedonia, the accession talks of which are blocked for a seventh year due to a conflict with Greece; and Bosnia and Herzegovina, where the reform process is stalled.
Enlargement 13-03-2012

EU deplores ethnic violence in Macedonia

The European Commission "deeply regretted" a spate of attacks between Macedonia's Slav and Albanian communities and called on politicians and civil society to handle the "emotional aftermath" with care, a spokesperson for enlargement Commissioner Štefan Füle said yesterday (12 March).  
Enlargement 22-02-2012

Greece, Macedonia to meet with little expectation

Greek and Macedonian leaders are to meet on the sidelines of next week's EU summit amid few indications that they will make in headway in the dispute over national identity that has prevented Macedonia from starting accession talks since becoming an EU candidate seven years ago. 
Enlargement 05-12-2011

Court blames Greece for blocking Macedonia’s NATO bid

The International Court of Justice has ruled today (5 December) that by blocking Macedonia's NATO bid in April 2008, Greece has breached a bilateral agreement signed between the two countries in 1995.
Enlargement 20-06-2011

Füle shows Macedonia yellow card

In an unprecedented move, Enlargement Commissioner Štefan Füle has warned Macedonia that the country could lose the recommendation to start accession negotiations which it received last year, if no progress is made on the path to reform and if the EU hopeful keeps on taking actions considered by Greece as "provocations".
Enlargement 17-06-2011

Macedonia’s ‘warrior’ monument infuriates Greece

A statue of a 'warrior on horseback' resembling Alexander the Great, currently being erected in the centre of Macedonian capital Skopje, has sparked fury in Greece, which warned that Skopje was gambling with its EU membership aspirations with such provocations.
Enlargement 01-03-2011

Macedonia to hold referendum on new name

Macedonia said it was ready to agree to a proposal by the UN's special envoy to change its name and thus resolve a long-standing dispute with Greece, but that the decision would have to be approved in a nationwide referendum.
Enlargement 10-09-2010

Macedonia name dispute: Time to decide, says Barroso

European Commission President José Manuel Barroso urged Macedonia and Greece to resolve once and for all their twenty-year dispute over the EU hopeful's name after meeting Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov in Brussels yesterday (9 September).
Enlargement 13-07-2010

Macedonia name dispute inspires exotic idea

A renowned research institute has suggested that Macedonia change its name to an agreed formula on the day of its EU accession as a means of resolving its ongoing dispute with Greece. As exotic as this may seem, the proposal has already triggered interest and debate in regional media.
Languages & Culture 16-06-2010

Macedonia to add ‘Vardar’ to its name

According to reports, Macedonia is close to finding a formula to defuse its long-standing name dispute with Greece, which has prevented the former Yugoslav republic from starting EU accession talks and has kept it outside the NATO alliance.
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'.
Enlargement 18-05-2010

Veteran Bulgarian politician: Macedonia ‘name conflict’ is perverse

Blocking the start of EU accession talks with Macedonia over the country's 'name conflict' with Greece is "perverse", as it is unacceptable for a country to be denied use of whatever name it chooses, Zhelyu Zhelev, Bulgaria's first democratically-elected president, told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
Global Europe 07-04-2010

Macedonia under pressure to solve ‘name dispute’

The EU's representative in Macedonia, Ambassador Erwan Fouéré, urged Skopje yesterday (6 April) to speedily resolve a 19-year dispute with Greece over the Balkan country's name. Recent statements by a Greek official were reported by the Western media – perhaps wrongly - as an "ouverture".
Enlargement 15-03-2010

EU-Macedonia relations

The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia's bid to join the EU is currently blocked by a dispute with Athens over its name, which is identical to that of a Greek province.
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 17-02-2010

Enlargement commissioner: Macedonia has ‘window of opportunity’

The former Yugoslav republic of Macedonia has a "window of opportunity" to solve its long-standing name dispute with Greece, Enlargement Commissioner Štefan Füle told journalists in Brussels today (17 February). However, he stressed that external help could not act as a substitute for political will in Athens and Skopje.
Enlargement 11-02-2010

Croatia’s accession negotiations set to conclude this year

The European Parliament has given a positive overall verdict on last year's efforts by Croatia and Macedonia to qualify for EU membership. In resolutions debated and approved yesterday (10 February), MEPs also took note of the limited progress made by Turkey in meeting EU membership criteria.
Enlargement 04-02-2010

Madrid says breakthrough imminent on Macedonia

Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos, whose country holds the rotating EU presidency, said he believes a solution to the long-standing 'name dispute' between Skopje and Athens will be reached soon.