North Macedonia president in standoff with parliament
SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — North Macedonia's lawmakers have passed for a second time a package of bills which the country's president has refused to sign into law in protest at a landmark...
SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Election authorities in North Macedonia have confirmed three candidates for the April 21 presidential elections, including a law professor running as the first...
SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — North Macedonia's left-wing ruling party has nominated the country's coordinator for NATO membership as its candidate in an April 21 presidential...
Macedonia presidential election scheduled for April 21
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonia's parliament speaker has signed a decree declaring a presidential election will be held on April 21.
President Gjorge Ivanov is serving his second and final five-year term which ends on May 12. The next president will be the head of state of the newly renamed North Macedonia, after an agreement with Greece that ends a 27-year dispute over the country's name.
Albanian designated Macedonia’s 2nd official language
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Albanian has been designated the second official language in Macedonia, which has a substantial, and restive, ethnic Albanian minority.
The move ends a months-long standoff between the left-led government and Macedonia's conservative President Gjorge Ivanov, who had refused to sign off on the law saying it was unconstitutional and unnecessary.
The law was published in the government gazette Tuesday after being signed by parliament Speaker Talat Xhaferi.
Macedonian president urges rejection of Greece name deal
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonia's president has urged parliament to reject a deal with Greece under which his country would amend its constitution and change its name to North Macedonia in return for being able to join NATO.
Gjorge Ivanov, a longtime critic of the name deal, spoke Friday in his annual address to lawmakers. He claimed under the accord that Macedonia would be paying the "highest price" with the "deletion" of its national identity.
Macedonian president urges voters to skip name change vote
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — The president of Macedonia strongly urged voters Thursday to abstain from a weekend referendum on changing the country's name to "North Macedonia" to clear its path toward NATO and European Union membership.
President Gjorge Ivanov's comments at the U.N. General Assembly in New York, made hours before the end of campaigning for Sunday's vote, deepened a rift with Prime Minister Zoran Zaev's ruling Social Democrats party, which denounced them as "destructive."
Macedonia’s president says he won’t vote in referendum
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonia's president says he won't vote in a Sept. 30 referendum on whether to change the Balkan country's name to "North Macedonia."
Macedonians will vote next weekend on a proposal to change the country's name, ending a long-running dispute with neighboring Greece, which sees the use of the term "Macedonia " as a claim on its own province of the same name.
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonia's national holiday hasn't given the prime minister and president a day off from disagreeing about a deal to rename the country North Macedonia.
Prime Minister Zoran Zaev urged Macedonians on Thursday — the 115th anniversary of a failed rebellion against Ottoman Turkey — to support the agreement with Greece in a Sept. 30 referendum.
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonia's president is insisting that he will not sign off on a deal with Greece to change his country's name, even after parliament ratified the agreement for a second time.
Gjorge Ivanov says the deal for Macedonia to be renamed "North Macedonia" is unconstitutional. The conservative main opposition party to which he belongs also opposes the agreement, saying it concedes too much to Greece,
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonia's parliament on Thursday ratified a historic deal with neighboring Greece for the second time in two weeks, after the Macedonian president temporarily blocked the agreement.
But many hurdles, some seemingly insurmountable, loom in coming months before the agreement to rename the country "North Macedonia" can be fully implemented. The renaming would clear the way for the Balkan country's accession talks with the European Union and NATO.
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — The Latest on Macedonia's name dispute with Greece (all times local):
Macedonia's parliament has ratified a historic deal with neighboring Greece for the second time in two weeks, after the Macedonian president temporarily blocked the agreement.
A total of 69 lawmakers in the 120-strong parliament approved the deal, under which the country would be renamed "North Macedonia."
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonia's conservative president on Tuesday refused to sign off a deal with neighboring Greece for his country to change its name to "North Macedonia," a move that will delay — but probably not derail — the deal, ratified by Macedonia's parliament last week.
Under the constitution, President Gjorge Ivanov can no longer block the legislation if lawmakers meet again and approve it for a second time.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Macedonia's president said Wednesday that he would not sign off on a historic deal that would change the country's name, the most potentially disruptive reaction so far to the agreement with Greece that has received diverging reactions in both countries.
President Gjorge Ivanov said the agreement, which would rename Macedonia as the Republic of North Macedonia, gave too many concessions to Greece.
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonia's president says he is against any solution to the dispute with neighboring Greece over Macedonia's name if his country has to change the way it calls itself domestically.
President Gjorge Ivanov also said Thursday in a statement that the potential agreement should not involve changes to Macedonia's constitution.
Macedonia faces new crisis over minority language law
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonia's president refused to sign legislation late Wednesday to make Albanian the country's second official language — an action that could trigger a new political crisis in the small Balkan nation.
Amid protests inside parliament and outside the building, lawmakers approved the bill for second time after President Gjorge Ivanov had refused to ratify it in January.
EU Commission chief urges Macedonia to resolve name dispute
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker urged Macedonian officials Sunday to resolve a long-standing naming dispute with neighboring Greece so the country can open membership talks with the European Union.
Bulgaria wades into Macedonia name dispute
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Bulgaria has waded into a 25-year-long dispute between Greece and Macedonia regarding Macedonia's name, saying that issue also concerns Bulgaria.
Macedonia and Greece are in a renewed push to resolve their dispute. Greece objects to its northern neighbor using the name, saying it implies territorial claims on its own province of Macedonia. One solution being discussed is to add a qualifier such as "new," ''upper" or "north" to the name.
UN mediator starts talks in Macedonia on dispute with Greece
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — A U.N. envoy has started talks with Macedonia's leadership over ending a long-running dispute with neighboring Greece over the country's name.
Matthew Nimetz met Macedonia's president Gjorge Ivanov in Skopje Thursday and will also see government officials and party leaders.
Macedonians protest bill to make Albanian second language
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Hundreds of people have gathered in Macedonia's capital to protest a bill that would make Albanian the country's second official language.
The protest in front of the parliament building in Skopje on Sunday was peaceful, although participants burned the European Union flag.
Macedonia president vetoes Albanian language bill
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonia's president on Wednesday vetoed a law making Albanian the country's second official language, describing the legislation as unnecessary and unconstitutional.
Macedonian lawmakers approved the bill last week in a parliamentary vote boycotted by the main opposition party.
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin says Moscow hopes for a democratic settlement of Macedonia's political situation.
Putin made the statement Wednesday at the start of his talks with Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov, voicing hope that Ivanov's experience would help "Macedonia's domestic situation develop in accordance with the constitution in a democratic way."
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonia's president on Wednesday handed the mandate to form a government to left-wing opposition leader Zoran Zaev, an initial step toward ending a political crisis that culminated last month in angry protesters storming parliament.
Zaev has 20 days to seek a coalition partner and form a Cabinet, but said he hoped to complete talks in half that time.
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonia's new parliament speaker, whose election last week led to protesters storming parliament and attacking lawmakers, has asked the country's president to hand the opposition leader a mandate to form a new government.
Parliament said in a press release Thursday that Talat Xhaferi had sent a letter to President Gjorge Ivanov noting that a "parliament majority has been established" and that he expects the president to act according to the constitution.
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonia's new parliament speaker took office Wednesday, six days after his election prompted some angry protesters to storm the floor of parliament and attack several lawmakers.
Talat Xhaferi, an ethnic Albanian, has said he will formally ask President Gjorge Ivanov to hand left-wing opposition leader Zoran Zaev the mandate to govern as prime minister.
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonia's president appealed Tuesday to international leaders to condemn demands by minority ethnic Albanians for enhanced constitutional rights that he says threaten his country's existence.
President Gjorge Ivanov argued that a common platform signed in Albania in January by three of his country's ethnic Albanian parties endangers Macedonia's sovereignty and independence.
EU’s foreign policy chief urges calm in Macedonia
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — The European Union's foreign policy chief urged Macedonia's president Thursday to reverse his decision and let the country's left-wing opposition leader try to form a new government.
Federica Mogherini met Macedonian leaders in Skopje and called for them to scale down their rhetoric for fear of triggering inter-ethnic conflict.
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonia's president withheld the mandate to form a government Wednesday from the runner-up in December's elections, accusing left-wing leader Zoran Zaev of jeopardizing the country's sovereignty.
Further complicating the country's festering political crisis, President Gjorge Ivanov took issue with the demand by Zaev's potential coalition partners, minority ethnic Albanian parties, to make Albanian Macedonia's second official language.
Macedonia conservatives struggle to form cabinet at deadline
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonian conservative leader Nikola Gruevski is uncertain of getting an ethnic Albanian party to join his coalition just hours before his mandate to form a government expires.
Turkey extradites 5 Macedonians planning to join IS
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonian police say Turkey has extradited five Macedonians arrested in Istanbul in an operation to crack down on recruitment for the Islamic State group.
Police said Saturday that the Macedonians, aged 18 to 24, were arrested two weeks ago in Istanbul's Aksaray district along with four other foreigners aiming to fight for IS in Syria. Two of the arrested Macedonians were seriously injured when they tried to escape during the operation.
Macedonia raises storm death toll to 22; toddler missing
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonian authorities on Tuesday raised the death toll from a heavy storm that hit the capital Skopje over the weekend to 22, and said a 16-month-old girl remains missing.
Police spokeswoman Natalija Spirova Kordikj said the drowned body of the last victim, a 12-year-old boy, was found late Monday in a bus stop.
The head of Skopje's Red Cross, Suzana Tuneva, said food, water and clothes were being distributed to about 10,000 people in the...
Macedonian mourns 21 victims of deadly storm, flooding
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonia is mourning the victims of a deadly storm that hit country's capital, leaving at least 21 people dead and more than 70 injured around Skopje.
The Macedonian government has declared Monday a day of national mourning. Flags have been lowered and all sport events canceled.
Authorities said police and army teams are still searching the northern suburbs of the Macedonian capital for six people still missing in the flash floods that...