Macedonia naming dispute

France Blocks the Start of EU Membership Talks with Skopje and Tirana

EU Ministers for EU Affairs had to give green light today in Luxembourg to start the negotiation process with the two Balkan countries. However, Paris was strongly opposed.

Other countries such as the Netherlands and Denmark have demanded the separation of the two countries and the opening of negotiations with northern Macedonia only.

Northern Macedonia is Expected to Receive the Green Light to Begin EU Accession Talks

Next week, Northern Macedonia is expected to receive the green light to begin EU accession talks. This can only be done if all Member States agree. The government is about to discuss the Enlargement Package, which covers all of our country's conditions for northern Macedonia.

Zoran Zaev: A Quick Solution to the Open Issues with Bulgaria is Possible

,,A quick solution to the open issues with Bulgaria is possible'', the Prime Minister of Northern Macedonia Zoran Zaev said today, quoted by MIA.
He said the two countries had signed a treaty in which they accepted the fact of their common history. Zaev added that part of this story is individual for both parties, and he hopes the commission will find a solution.

President, Prime Minister and Ministers Discuss Bulgarian Position on Northern Macedonia (OVERVIEW)

Bulgaria supports the European perspective of Northern Macedonia, but our country must immediately develop a new position in which to link support for European Union membership to resolving controversial issues between Sofia and Skopje related to our common history. This is the result of a presidential consultation meeting.

Bulgaria Conditions Support for North Macedonia’s EU Bid

Bulgaria's continued support for Skopje's EU accession bid - including its support for a start to its EU membership talks that will be decided at the European Council in October - depends on whether the two countries can resolve their disputes over history, Bulgarian leaders said on Monday at a meeting in Sofia held by President Rumen Radev.

Zoran Zaev: We Accept the Recommendations of Bulgaria

It is possible to find a solution to the controversial issues with Bulgaria very quickly. Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev has said this, BGNESS reported.

"We have signed a treaty with which we accepted we have a common history. Of course, part of it is different for the two countries. In that spirit, I believe the committees will find a solution," Zaev said.

German Parliament Backs Albania, North Macedonia EU Talks

In a major boost to the EU membership hopes of both Balkan countries, the German Bundestag on Thursday night voted to support the start of EU accession talks for North Macedonia and Albania.

The vote means the German government should be "in favour" of a start date for the two countries at the European Council meeting on October 17-18.

Minister Zaharieva: Bulgaria and North Macedonia Have a Common History

A forum dedicated to the Balkans has been held during the UN General Assembly in New York, BNR reported.

In connection with unresolved historical disputes, Bulgarian Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva told Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev that politicians were bolder than historians.