Latest News from Macedonia

Rare Woman Composer Hits Top Note in Kosovo

She may have reached the grand age of 74, but musical virtuoso Pranvera Badivuku - only the second Kosovo Albanian woman to become a composer in Kosovo - is still full of ideas.

Tsipras says voters must 'close the path' to divisive forces

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras urges Greek voters to "close the path to those forces who do not hesitate...to divide people," during a campaign rally in the northern port city of Thessaloniki on Wednesday night.

EU's Frontex deploys guard teams on Greek-Albanian border

Teams of the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, or Frontex, are joining Albania's police to patrol its land and sea borders for migrants and crime.

European Union Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos and Frontex head Fabrice Leggeri were in Tirana on Tuesday to launch "the first ever joint operation on the territory of a neighboring non-EU country."

Plan B for the utilization of Porto Carras

The management of construction company Technical Olympic, controlled by the Stengos family, has according to sources put into practice its alternative plan for the utilization of Porto Carras, its most important asset.

"North Macedonia might overtake Serbia on EU path"

Hahn, who is in charge of enlargement negotiations and neighborhood policy, at the same time stressed that North Macedonia is "a positive example in the region that problems can be resolved."

Tsakalotos defends handouts, dismisses 'severe' reaction by Regling

A package of benefits announced in recent weeks are part of a broader plan and signal that Greece is turning a page following its exit from international bailouts last year, Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos has told the Athens-Macedonia news agency, adding that criticism of the handouts by some foreign officials has been "severe." 

Greece-North Macedonia Commission ‘Won’t Rewrite History’

Viktor Gaber, the diplomat and head of North Macedonia's team in the joint commission with Greece, has told BIRN that the commission of historians, archaeologists, sociologists and political science experts has already laid the grounds for its future work that will involve revising history books in both countries.

PM Zvizdic says European integration, NATO membership very important to Bosnia-Herzegovina's future

European integration and NATO membership are very important to the future of Bosnia and Herzegovina; they are two main foreign policy goals and an important pillar for stability in the Balkans for the economic development of the region, the Bosnian Prime Minister Denis Zvizdic said in Bucharest on Thursday. "From the very beginning, I want to thank Mrs Prime Minister (...) for support.

Part of palace where Alexander was raised to be restored

A black-and-white checkered mosaic pavement is seen next to columns at the archaeological site of Pella in northern Greece, capital of the ancient kingdom of Macedonia. A part of the royal palace where the Greek warrior-king Alexander the Great (356-323 BC) was born and raised will be restored after the study was approved by the Central Archaeological Council.

Bucking the Trend, Serbia Resists Legalising Medicinal Marijuana

Encouraged by developments in Serbia's immediate neighbourhood, IRKA has stepped up a campaign with letters, marches and a concert in front of the Serbian parliament to lobby lawmakers to decriminalise the use of cannabis.

Turkey Vows to Ratify North Macedonia’s NATO Accession

Parliament in Ankara will soon ratify the NATO accession protocol for North Macedonia and will not condition this with Skopje delivering suspected supporters of exiled Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom Ankara considers terrorists, Deputy Foreign Minister Faruk Kaymakci has said in an interview.

The EC Will Recommend Opening Negotiations with Northern Macedonia and Albania

The European Commission (EC) will recommend opening accession talks for full membership of northern Macedonia and Albania by the end of May, reiterated EU Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn, who until now has only expressed confidence that this will happen.

In China on state visit, Pavlopoulos calls for respect of Cyprus’ sovereign rights

Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos on Monday met with China's Li Zhanshu, chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC) during a state visit to China, state-run Athens-Macedonia (ANA-MPA) news agency reports.

Pavlopoulos discussed Greece's key foreign policy issues, particularly the Cyprus problem, ANA-MPA said.

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