Macedonian parliament backs crucial constitutional changes

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje October 20, 2018

Opposition MPs defy party leadership to vote in favour of constitutional changes on name deal with Greece that will unblock Macedonia’s EU and Nato accession.

Greek FM Kotzias quits as tensions over Macedonia name deal reverberate in Athens

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje October 18, 2018

As Macedonian MPs prepare to vote on the deal that resolved a decades-long conflict with Athens, ministers clashed within Greece's ruling coalition which is divided over the agreement.

Macedonian MPs debate constitutional changes on new country name

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje October 16, 2018

Vote to determine whether Macedonia goes ahead with name change that will pave the way for EU and Nato accession — or faces early elections this autumn.

Macedonian government starts procedure to change country's name

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje October 8, 2018

Optimistic move by PM Zoran Zaev who is still struggling to secure the two-thirds support needed to get the deal through parliament. If he fails, Macedonia will face a snap election.

Western Balkans could face new military conflicts without EU perspective, Junker says

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia October 7, 2018

If the region gets the impression the EU is "not serious" about enlargement, it could again experience "what we had in the Balkans during the 1990s," European Commission president warns.

Skopje Court of Appeal confirms prison sentence for ex-PM Gruevski

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje October 6, 2018

Verdict comes at a delicate time for Macedonia, as the ruling Social Democrats need to persuade members of opposition VMRO-DPMNE, the party formerly headed by Gruevski, to back the name deal with Greece.

Public investment to boost growth in the Western Balkans

bne IntelliNews October 5, 2018

World Bank charts faster growth rate but warns surge in untargeted social spending and public wages heightens fiscal vulnerability in the longer-term.

Russia hints at plans to contest Macedonia name deal through the UN

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje October 3, 2018

​After the mass boycott of Macedonia’s referendum on its critical deal with Greece, Moscow may seize the chance to hinder enlargement of the EU and Nato in the Western Balkans.

Montenegrin president warns of wider negative implications of Macedonia referendum

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje October 2, 2018

Mass boycott of referendum that puts Macedonia's EU future in doubt should be seen as a "final warning" that the EU needs a more serious approach to enlargement, says Milo Djukanovic.

Overwhelming majority of voters support name deal in Macedonia’s referendum but turnout very low

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje October 1, 2018

The failure to meet the psychologically important threshold of 50%+ one voter means it will be more difficult for PM Zoran Zaev to muster the two-thirds majority in parliament he needs for the changes to be passed.

Macedonians deeply divided ahead of crucial name deal referendum

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje September 28, 2018

Ruling party seeks to galvanise voters while president tells them to stay at home, as Macedonia prepares for vote that will determine whether its future lies inside the EU and Nato.