Skopje, 4 April - Outgoing Prime Minister Miro Cerar underlined the importance of EU integration for the Western Balkans as he wrapped up his two-day visit to Macedonia on Wednesday. The region is an integral part of the European family of nations and its integration is of key importance also in terms of security, Cerar told the STA. The rest of this news item is available to subscribers.Buy the news item. Price: 2 tokens; on account: 0 tokens. … [Read more...] about PM underlines importance of EU integration after Macedonia visit
Macedonia on Monday extended its support to Turkey in its fight against the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO), the group behind the defeated coup of July 15, 2016. Macedonia’s Minister for Foreign Investment Adnan Kahil said Turkey never withheld its support towards his country for the membership of the NATO and the European Union. Kahil emphasized his country will fight against the FETO within the ambit of the Macedonian laws. "We of course oppose the Fetullah Terrorist Organization, we oppose every kind of terrorist organization and terrorism. We do not support FETO's activities in Turkey in any way," the minister said. "We will fight against FETO terrorist organization as per our constitution. As Turkey supports us in every step, we support Turkey's war against the FETO," said Kahil. The FETO and its U.S.-based leader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the defeated coup attempt of July 15, 2016, which left 250 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured. Ankara also … [Read more...] about Macedonia ‘supports’ Turkey in fight against FETO
Officials at the conference agreed that business cooperation was very good and that the excellent political relations could help further deepen these ties. According to the head of the Macedonian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Branko Azeski, the high number of participants in the conference confirmed the high interest in closer business ties. He believes the two countries could expand their cooperation in new technologies, including blockchain. His Slovenian counterpart Sonja Šmuc noted that trade between the countries was rising, so goals should be set higher. Slovenian companies invest a lot in Macedonia and when they come, they stay in the country, which is an important message, she said. Slovenia and Macedonia also cooperate well in staff training, which is crucial for economic development, Šmuc added. The event was addressed by Cerar and Macedonian PM Zoran Zaev. Praising the efforts of Zaev's government for political stability, Cerar stressed the importance of … [Read more...] about Slovenia, Macedonia looking for ways to boost business ties
For over two decades Macedonia has resisted Greek pressure to change its name. But that could now change. There are three reasons. First, Macedonia has a new prime minister, Zoran Zaev, who is a liberal and pro-European. He aims to strengthen Macedonia’s EU and international ties: he has arranged a treaty with Bulgaria and opened serious discussions with Greece over the name dispute – the largest obstacle to Macedonia’s membership of NATO and the EU, and to a bigger international role. Second, Macedonia has been independent for over 20 years and has now established its own institutions and infrastructure. Back in 1993, there was a real danger that Macedonia could fall back under Yugoslavia or disintegrate, so it was essential to have a coherent national narrative as a rallying point for the nascent country. That has been achieved. So the old national history of Alexander the Great, though still important, is no longer crucial for Macedonia’s political survival. … [Read more...] about A way forward for Greece and Macedonia?
The foreign ministers of Macedonia and Greece are meeting in Vienna with a United Nations' mediator in an effort to resolve a decades-old dispute over the former Yugoslav republic's name.Nikola Dimitrov and Nikos Kotzias were meeting with the UN's Matthew Nimetz on Friday in the latest round of talks for a solution to the issue which began after Macedonia gained independence from Yugoslavia in 1991.The dispute has prevented the small Balkan country from joining NATO.Greece argues the term "Macedonia" implies territorial claims on its own province of the same name.A recent change of government in Macedonia has fuelled hopes an agreement can be found, although intensified talks have also met with major demonstrations in both countries by those who don't want to see any compromise. … [Read more...] about Greece, Macedonia meet over name dispute