SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — The prime ministers of Greece and North Macedonia broke the ice and engaged in selfie diplomacy Tuesday during the first ever official visit by a Greek leader to the...
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The leaders of both Albania and North Macedonia say they believe that the European Union will decide in June to open membership talks with them.
North Macedonia: Ex-minister attacked in prison to stay home
SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — A court in North Macedonia has ordered that a former government minister who was assaulted in a prison yard by other inmates be detained at home instead.
NMacedonian prison chief fired after ex-ministers assaulted
SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — The head of North Macedonia's main prison in the capital of Skopje has been fires after two former government ministers being held in pre-trial detention were...
Bus plunges into ravine in North Macedonia, killing 14
SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — A bus carrying workers in North Macedonia crashed into a ravine outside the capital of Skopje Wednesday, killing 14 people and injuring about 30, officials said.
Venko Filipce, the newly renamed European nation's health minister, said seven people were pronounced dead at the scene and the rest died after being taken to a hospital. Six of those injured had life-threatening conditions.
Prime Minister Zoran Zaev declared two days of national mourning.
Call me by my new name: Balkan nation is North Macedonia now
SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Enter North Macedonia.
The small Balkan country of Macedonia officially changed its name Tuesday by adding a geographic designation that ends a decades-old dispute with neighboring Greece and secures its entry into NATO.
Macedonia raises NATO flag ahead of name change
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonia has raised a NATO flag at its main government building, as members of the alliance continued to ratify the country's accession agreement.
Prime minister Zoran Zaev, speaking at a ceremony in the capital Skopje Tuesday, said Macedonia had achieved a "historic goal" in being accepted into NATO under its new name, North Macedonia. The country is expected to formally adopt the name later this week.
Macedonia prepares for name change by removing signs
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonian authorities began Monday removing official signs from government buildings to prepare for the country's new name: North Macedonia.
"Government of the Republic of Macedonia" signs were removed from the country's main government building in the capital Skopje. Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev is scheduled to speak at ceremony Tuesday at the site, where organizers said the NATO flag is due to be raised.
Macedonia’s leader hopes EU membership talks start in June
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Macedonia's prime minister says he hopes his country can launch membership talks with the European Union in June now that an agreement to end a dispute with Greece has been ratified.
Zoran Zaev negotiated a deal with his Greek counterpart last year that called for Macedonia to be renamed North Macedonia in return for Greece lifting objections to its neighbor joining NATO and the EU.
Macedonian PM: Greece’s turn to make history with name deal
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonia's prime minister says he expects Greece's parliament to do its part and ratify the deal changing his country's name to North Macedonia so it can soon join NATO.
Prime Minister Zoran Zaev told reporters in the capital of Skopje on Saturday that he expects neighboring Greece to be the first country to sign the accession protocol for Macedonia to become NATO's 30th member.
Macedonia approves deal to rename itself North Macedonia
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonia late Friday fulfilled its part of a historic deal that will pave its way to NATO membership and normalize relations with neighboring Greece, after lawmakers approved constitutional changes to rename the country North Macedonia.
Macedonian PM struggles to secure majority for name change
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonia's prime minister was struggling Thursday to get the required number of lawmakers to finalize constitutional changes that will rename the country North Macedonia and allow its NATO accession under a deal with neighboring Greece.
Zoran Zaev told reporters in Skopje that he has not yet secured support from the required two-thirds of the 120-seat parliament, or 80 lawmakers. A planned parliamentary session on the matter Friday was postponed.
Macedonian, Greek leaders see Nobel Peace Prize nomination
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — A former Nobel Peace Prize winner says the prime ministers of Macedonia and Greece will be nominated for the 2019 peace prize for their efforts to end a 27-year dispute over Macedonia's name.
Macedonia ex-leader requests asylum in Hungary
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Former Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski, who fled his country to avoid a two-year prison term for corruption, has requested asylum in Hungary, the Hungarian government said Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev called on Hungary to extradite Gruevski, his bitter political rival.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban's office said it considers Gruevski's asylum request "solely a legal issue" and views Macedonia as "an important ally."
Macedonian police issue arrest warrant for former PM
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonian police sought the country's former prime minister late Monday, looking to arrest him to begin serving a two-year prison term following his conviction on corruption-related charges.
Interior Ministry spokesman Toni Angelovski told The Associated Press that police issued a warrant for Nikola Gruevski's arrest on instructions from Macedonia's criminal court.
Macedonian parliament to debate constitutional amendments
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonia's government has submitted draft constitutional amendments to parliament that would formally rename the country "North Macedonia" under a deal with neighboring Greece.
Prime Minister Zoran Zaev said Friday the debate on the proposed changes is expected to take a month.
The majority of the country's lawmakers have already agreed on the need for the amendments, which include stating that the country harbors no territorial claims on its neighbors.
Macedonia lawmakers green light process for name change
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Lawmakers in Macedonia on Friday backed a landmark proposal to amend the constitution, allowing the country to change its name and join NATO.
The session was delayed for more than 10 hours amid a heated confrontation. Parliament eventually voted in favor of the proposal — a key step in accepting the deal struck with neighboring Greece in June.
Macedonian lawmakers debate putting new name in constitution
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonia's parliament started Monday to debate constitutional amendments that are part of an agreement with neighboring Greece to rename the country "North Macedonia," changes that would go a long way to ensuring the country can join NATO.
Prime Minister Zoran Zaev's left-led coalition is struggling to get two-thirds of parliament's 120 lawmakers to launch the amendment process, which would take weeks to complete.
Macedonia: Debate on constitutional changes begins
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — A Macedonian parliamentary committee on Wednesday began debating constitutional amendments required under a deal with neighboring Greece to change the country's name to North Macedonia, in exchange for NATO membership.
The move comes after a Sept. 30 referendum on the deal with Greece, which would end a nearly 30-year dispute between the two neighbors over Macedonia's name.
Macedonian government puts name deal before parliament
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonia's government has asked parliament to start the procedure for amending the constitution to reflect a deal that would rename the nation North Macedonia in exchange for a path to NATO membership.
Government spokesman Mile Boshnjakovski said the proposed changes include adding "North" to Macedonia's name and modifying the preamble and two articles of the constitution.
Macedonia opposition leader urges PM to drop renaming deal
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — The leader of Macedonia's opposition has urged the left-wing government to call early elections and to give up on a deal that would change the country's name in exchange for the chance to fulfill its NATO ambitions.
Hristijan Mickoski, head of the conservative VMRO-DPMNE party, also called on Sunday for a caretaker government to be installed until after the elections, which would take place in late November.
Macedonia: Referendum approves name change, but turnout low
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — A referendum on changing Macedonia's name as part of a deal that would pave the way for NATO membership won overwhelming support Sunday, but low voter turnout highlighted the hurdles that still remain for the Balkan country to join the alliance.
The Latest: Macedonian PM says vote shows will of people
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — The Latest on Macedonia's referendum on a name change for the country (all times local):
Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev has described a referendum on changing the small European country's name to North Macedonia and thereby pave the way to NATO membership as a clear success, despite lower than hoped for voter turnout.
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."
EU enlargement chief urges Macedonians to back name deal
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonia will take a big step to joining the European Union if the country supports a name change to "North Macedonia," the official in charge of the bloc's enlargement negotiations said Tuesday.
Following talks with Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev in the capital Skopje, Johannes Hahn said the Sept. 30 vote is a "once-in-a-lifetime" opportunity for Macedonians to improve their daily lives.
Thousands march to promote vote for Macedonia name deal
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Thousands of people marched in Macedonia's capital Sunday to promote support for changing the country's name in an upcoming referendum that also could clear the way for NATO membership.
The referendum scheduled for Sept 30 will seek voter approval of an agreement with Greece to rename the small Balkan nation "North Macedonia."
US lawmaker in Macedonia to promote name deal with voters
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — An American lawmaker who chairs a U.S. Senate subcommittee on regional security in Europe is urging Macedonia's voters to back a deal that would change the country's name and allow it to join NATO.
Sen. Ron Johnson, a Republican from Wisconsin who chairs the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on European and Regional Security Cooperation, met with Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev in the capital of Skopje on Sunday.
Merkel in Macedonia to back ‘yes’ vote on referendum
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — German chancellor Angela Merkel visited Macedonia Saturday, the third western leader to do so this week in a show of support for the government ahead of an upcoming referendum to change the country's name and qualify for NATO membership.
Austria’s Kurz urges Macedonians to back deal with Greece
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Austria's chancellor is urging Macedonians to vote, in a forthcoming referendum, for a deal with neighboring Greece to change their country's name to "North Macedonia."
Sebastian Kurz says the European Union will only be complete after western Balkan nations, including Macedonia, join it. He also urged Macedonians to participate in the Sept. 30 referendum.
NATO Macedonia: Name change a must for membership
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg told Macedonia's political leaders Thursday that the Balkan country can only join the military alliance if voters back a name change that will placate concerns within neighboring Greece.
Stoltenberg met with Prime Minister Zoran Zaev to express support for his "yes" campaign in the Sept. 30 referendum over the proposed change of Macedonia's name to North Macedonia.
NATO chief visits Macedonia before referendum on name change
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has arrived in Macedonia before a referendum planned in the country on whether to change its name and resolve a long-standing dispute with alliance member Greece.
Stoltenberg landed in the capital on Wednesday and is due to meet with Prime Minister Zoran Zaev and other political leaders on Thursday, and back the campaign to change the former Yugoslav republic's name to North Macedonia.
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 prime minister is urging his countrymen to vote in an upcoming referendum in favor of a deal with neighboring Greece that changes his country's name to "North Macedonia."
Macedonia to hold name-change referendum on Sept. 30
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Lawmakers in Macedonia have approved plans to hold a referendum on Sept. 30 on a proposed name change that would allow the former Yugoslav republic to overcome a longstanding dispute with Greece and join NATO.
The two countries have been at odds for decades over the smaller country's use of the name Macedonia, which Greece says implies territorial claims over its own province of the same name.
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — The Russian Embassy in Macedonia on Tuesday denied the Macedonian prime minister's allegations that Moscow is involved in public protests of an agreement with Greece that would enable the former Yugoslav republic to join NATO.
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Several thousand people have held an anti-government protest in Macedonia over economic policies and a deal with Greece to change the country's name to North Macedonia.
Hristijan Mickoski, leader of the conservative opposition VMRO-DPMNE party, told supporters at Sunday's protest that "people are losing their country" because the left-wing government signed a "catastrophic" deal giving up Macedonia's name, identity and language.
Macedonian parliament ratifies name deal with Greece
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — A deal to end a decades-long dispute over whether Greece can lay sole claim to Macedonia as a place name easily passed a ratification vote Wednesday in the parliament of neighboring nation Macedonia.
Lawmakers approved a bill to rename their country North Macedonia, with 69 votes in favor in the 120-member parliament. The main opposition VMRO-DPMNE party boycotted the session.
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonia's government set in motion Monday the process of ratifying a pending agreement to change the country's name to "North Macedonia" in hopes of ending a bitter 27-year dispute with southern neighbor Greece.
Macedonian government spokesman Mile Bosnjakovski said Prime Minister Zoran Zaev's Cabinet approved the deal he reached last week and forwarded it for parliament's approval.
PSARADES, Greece (AP) — The foreign ministers of Greece and Macedonia endorsed an agreement to resolve a long fight over the Macedonia name Sunday during a signing ceremony filled with history and symbolism.
The Greek village of Psarades, located on the shores of Great Prespa Lake, was picked for the occasion since the borders of Greece and Macedonia meet in the water.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The prime ministers of Greece and Macedonia faced political storms at home Thursday, two days after reaching a historic deal to settle a decades-old dispute over Macedonia's name.
Greece's Alexis Tsipras faces a vote of no-confidence in his government by Saturday afternoon, while Macedonia's Zoran Zaev is contending with the refusal of the country's president to sign off on the deal if it's approved by parliament.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The Latest on the long-running name dispute between Greece and neighboring Macedonia (all times local):
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is welcoming the agreement between Greece and Macedonia to end their longstanding dispute over the Macedonia name as "a demonstration of leadership to the wider region and beyond."
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece and Macedonia reached an historic agreement Tuesday to end a bitter 27-year name dispute that had kept the smaller and younger country out of international institutions such as NATO, the two countries' prime ministers announced.
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonia's prime minister is voicing hopes that he and his Greek counterpart can strike a deal Tuesday to settle a 27-year dispute over Macedonia's name, which has poisoned bilateral relations and hindered NATO expansion.
Zoran Zaev spoke for an hour Monday with Greece's Alexis Tsipras and said afterward that a "fair agreement" appeared possible during a phone call scheduled for Tuesday morning.
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonia's prime minister says he is still optimistic a decades-old dispute with Greece over his country's name can be settled soon, a day after thousands of Greeks attended rallies against a potential compromise.
Zoran Zaev said Thursday that while a very delicate issue the dispute should be solved as soon as possible. The 27-year disagreement has frustrated Macedonia's efforts to join NATO and the European Union.
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Tens of thousands of conservative opposition supporters protested outside Macedonia's main government building Saturday demanding early elections.
The conservative VMRO-DPMNE party, which governed in 2006-2017, called for the demonstration saying the left-wing government has taken "apocalyptic" moves during its year in power.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A Greek government official said Friday that prospects are receding for an agreement within days on the name dispute that has soured relations between Greece and Macedonia for 27 years.
The official said Macedonia appears unprepared to comply with an initial framework agreed by the two neighboring countries' foreign ministers earlier this month.
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.
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonia's prime minister said Wednesday that any new name for his country that is agreed with neighboring Greece will be put to a referendum to be held later this year.
Zoran Zaev said Skopje and Athens have never been closer to reaching an agreement over Macedonia's name, which has been the subject of a decades-long dispute