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Mitsotakis to meet with Zaev on Thursday

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis is to meet with North Macedonia's Zoran Zaev on Thursday on the sidelines of the Thessaloniki Summit 2019, a business event organized by the Federation of Industries of Greece.

Greek Foreign Minister backs North Macedonia's EU prospects

Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias on Friday reassured his North Macedonia counterpart Nikola Dimitrov of Greece's support for the Balkan country's prospects for joining the European Union while also underlining the need for the Prespes name deal to be honored to the letter. 

PM Borissov: Reconciliation and Regional Cooperation Are Key to European Integration of the Western Balkans

Reconciliation, regional cooperation and maintaining good neighbourly relations are key factors for the European integration of the Western Balkans, Prime Minister Boyko Borissov said in his speech at the leaders meeting within the Strategic Dialogue for the Western Balkans, hosted by the World Economic Forum in Geneva, the government press office reported.

Bosnia Demands Explanation for Macron’s ‘Time-Bomb’ Remark

A member of Bosnia's state presidency said he would summon the French ambassador seeking an explanation, after French President Emmanuel Macron in an interview called Bosnia a "ticking time bomb" in the Balkans.

Greek FM to hold talks with Zaev, Dimitrov in Geneva

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias is traveling to Geneva to attend a Strategic Dialogue of Western Balkans leaders, an initiative organized by the World Economic Forum.

According to the Foreign Ministry, the aim of the talks will be to discuss regional cooperation and ways to enhance stability and economic progress in the region.

Week in Review: Testing Realities and Hot Potatoes


Was the European Council's decision not to open accession negotiations with the EU an act of historic self-harm? This is the argument made in one comment piece for Balkan Insight, originally published as part of BIRN's Western Balkans Stability Monitor.

Bulgaria and Luxembourg to Work Together to Support European Integration of the Republic of Northern Macedonia and Albania

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ekaterina Zaharieva and Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Affairs and Minister of Immigration and Asylum Jean Asselborn agreed on Bulgaria and Luxembourg to work together on the European perspective of the Western Balkan countries after the lack of a decision for the start of the negotiations with the Republic Northern Macedonia and A

Editorial: A veil of neo-conservatism does not befit Greece

A veil of neo-conservativism is once again tending to cover Greece due to the heightened migration and refugee problem.

Marginal extreme-right and nationalist groups that were recently defeated feel as if they have found a new field of action and reconstruction all over Greece and especially in Macedonia, where their activity over the last years was not successful.

EU Parliament head urges for Balkan membership talks

The head of the European Parliament says there is still hope for Balkan countries to join the European Union, and urged for membership talks to open soon with North Macedonia and Albania.

North Macedonia President to Discuss EU Accession with Macron

President Stevo Pendarovski will meet his counterpart Emmanuel Macron on the sidelines of next week's Paris Peace Forum in an attempt to convince the French President that North Macedonia deserves a start date for EU accession negotiations, it was announced on Tuesday.

Ukraine Will Join NATO

Ukraine will join NATO, Secretary General of the North Atlantic Alliance Jens Stoltenberg said in an interview on 1 + 1, BGNES reported..

The promises have been broken, and what Zaev and Rama are afraid of becomes realistic

Zoran Zaev, prime minister of North Macedonia, said in an interview that he feared a return to his ethnically divided country's "bad past", including a narrowly averted civil war in 2001. Edi Rama, prime minister of Albania, said in a separate interview that his country risked becoming "collateral damage" from the EU's divisions over enlargement, "Financial Times" reports.

US envoy calls EU decision on Balkans 'historic mistake'

A US envoy for the Western Balkans on Monday described European Union's decision not to open membership talks with North Macedonia and Albania as a "historic mistake" that sends a bad message to the region.

Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Matthew Palmer said the US will do all it can to persuade the EU to reverse the decision before a planned leaders' meeting in May in Croatia.

Alter Ego Media acquired Mega Channel

Alter Ego Media has acquired the television archive of the now defuncy Mega Channel (which was known as the Big Channel due to its enormous popularity) after today's tender.

Balkan Insight’s Week in Pictures

An inauguration ceremony of the Podisor gas compression facility, which forms part of the BRUA pipeline project, was held near Podisor village, some 50 km south-west of Romania's capital, Bucharest, October 31. Photo: EPA-EFE/Robert Ghement.

A line of carved pumpkins celebrating Halloween are on displayed in Tirana, the capital of Albania, on October 31.  Photo: EPA-EFE/Malton Dibra.