About: The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

Enlargement 26-04-2019

Greek centre-right party accused of ‘censoring’ EPP’s Weber

The leftist Syriza government and centrist Potami have accused conservative main opposition New Democracy party (European People’s Party-EPP) of “censoring” EPP Spitzenkandidat Manfred Weber during his election campaign launch in Athens this week.
Enlargement 04-01-2019

Macedonia’s Zaev sees ‘existential dangers’ outside of Euro-Atlantic institutions

The name-change deal reached between Athens and Skopje does not turn against any other country, including Russia, and its only objective is to establish peace and stability, the prime minister of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), Zoran Zaev, said on Friday (4 January).
EU Elections 2019 17-12-2018

Weber attacks ‘populist’ Tsipras, remains silent over Macedonia name deal

Victory by Greece’s right-wing New Democracy party over Alexis Tsipras' Syriza in the next elections would show that the rise of populists in Europe is not irreversible, European People’s Party (EPP) Spitzenkandidat Manfred Weber has said.
Enlargement 06-02-2018

EU maps out ‘credible’ Western Balkans strategy

Overcoming a decade of enlargement fatigue, the European Commission launched its long-awaited Western Balkans strategy on Tuesday (6 February), aiming to inject new momentum into EU integration and speed up the homework the six countries need to do before joining the bloc. 
Enlargement 23-01-2018

Greek FM denies ‘pressure’ on Athens to resolve name dispute with Skopje

Athens does not feel any external pressure to find a solution to the name dispute with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Kotzias said on Monday (22 January).
Enlargement 31-08-2017

Greek FM visits Skopje to build trust for ‘substantial’ talks on name dispute

Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Kotzias will meet on Thursday (31 August) with politicians in Skopje in order to build up further trust between the two countries. But it’s still “early” for a discussion about the name dispute, diplomatic sources told EURACTIV.com.
Enlargement 08-06-2017

New Macedonia PM signals willingness to tackle row with Greece

Macedonia's new Prime Minister, Zoran Zaev, has signalled a possible shift in the country's sour relations with neighbouring Greece, which have blocked Skopje's efforts to join the European Union and NATO.
Global Europe 26-01-2017

Tajani infuriates Greece with ‘Macedonia’ comment

Greek politicians reacted strongly to a video published yesterday (25 January) showing the newly elected President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, calling the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia  “Macedonia." EURACTIV Greece reports.
Global Europe 07-03-2016

Will Greece become the Calais of Europe?

Greece is at risk of becoming one giant refugee hotspot. The closure of its northern border and the continued influx of refugees from Turkey has placed Athens in a critical situation. EURACTIV's partner La Tribune reports.
Global Europe 15-02-2016

Greek minister: Hungary has sent nothing, not even a blanket

Athens blamed Hungary for not contributing to the country’s efforts to tackle the refugee crisis and for its “political decision” to help Macedonia build a fence at the Greek border.

EPP leader floats Schengen suspensions

Member states that do not tackle immigration should be temporarily suspended from the Schengen area, the President of the European People's Party (EPP), Joseph Daul, told EURACTIV.
Elections 18-05-2015

European parties add fuel to fire in Macedonia

As the crisis in Macedonia deepens, the two largest European political families - the centre-right European People's Party (EPP) and the Party of European Socialists (PES) - have added fuel to fire by stirring up antagonism between their parties.
Enlargement 16-03-2015

Macedonia’s Gruevski rallies supporters, defies opposition

Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski rallied support yesterday (15 March), amid growing pressure over opposition accusations that his government organised widespread wiretapping, and rejected demands for early elections.
Elections 16-02-2015

Macedonian opposition releases new wiretaps exposing the government

Macedonia's opposition leader - accused by police of plotting to seize power illegally - published audio tapes on Sunday (15 February) that he said demonstrated the government's total control over the judiciary.

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