Bus plunges into ravine in North Macedonia, killing 14

Europe 02/13/19, 18:02

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 ...

Update: North Macedonia finally takes its seat at NATO

Europe 02/13/19, 05:26

The Latest on the change of name that has created North Macedonia (all times local):11:15 a.m.North Macedonia's defense minister, Radmila Sekerinska, says she's filled with pride as her country takes a seat at NATO's table for the first time.Speaking to reporters Wednesday at a meeting of NATO defense ministers, Sekerinska ...

Workers in North Macedonia replace signs to reflect new name

Europe 02/13/19, 05:03

Workers in the newly renamed North Macedonia have begun replacing road signs to reflect the change in their country's name, following a deal with neighboring Greece to end a nearly three decade-long dispute and secure NATO membership.Workers were removing "Republic of Macedonia" road signs at a border crossing with Greece ...

Macedonia is officially renamed North Macedonia

World 02/12/19, 13:53

Macedonia's government says the country is now officially renamed North Macedonia, under an agreement to normalize relations with Greece that also allows Macedonia to enter NATO.A government press release says as of Tuesday, the country is officially called the Republic of North Macedonia. A government official said the decision would ...

Macedonia raises NATO flag ahead of name change

Europe 02/12/19, 07:14

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 ...

Macedonia prepares for name change by removing signs

Europe 02/11/19, 06:32

Authorities in Macedonia have begun removing official signs from government buildings to prepare for its new name: North Macedonia."Government of the Republic of Macedonia" signs were removed from the country's main government building early Monday in the capital Skopje.The small Balkan country will change its name to North Macedonia after ...

Update: Greece backs Macedonia’s NATO accession

Europe 02/08/19, 15:04

The Latest on Greece-Macedonia relations (all times local):10 p.m.Greece's parliament has approved a measure for Macedonia to join NATO, ending a decades-old dispute.Lawmakers late Friday voted 153-140 to back the NATO protocol that must now also be approved by all other alliance members.The Greek vote means the former Yugoslav republic ...

Greek parliament set to back Macedonia’s NATO accession

Europe 02/08/19, 14:46

Greek lawmakers are set Friday to approve Macedonia's NATO accession, ending a process to normalize relations between the two neighbors and anchor the country — renamed North Macedonia — firmly within the western sphere of influence.Greek opposition parties reject the move, arguing that the name deal, which will end a ...

Macedonia removes government complex’s protective railings

Europe 02/07/19, 09:25

Workers are removing ornate metal railings protecting the Macedonian government building complex in Skopje, under the new administration's drive to boost openness and reconciliation.The dismantling that started Thursday had been a campaign promise by the left-led government, which took over in 2016 after a decade of conservative rule.The recently erected ...

Greece to ratify Macedonia’s NATO membership this week

Europe 02/05/19, 09:37

Greece is set to ratify Macedonia's accession agreement with NATO this week after the two countries reached a historic agreement to normalize relations.The alliance's 29 members plan Wednesday to sign Macedonia's accession protocol, which must then be ratified by each country individually before taking effect.In Athens, Greek parliamentary Speaker Nikos ...

Macedonia’s fugitive ex-PM claims he feared for his life

Europe 02/02/19, 15:25

Former Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski, who dominated politics in his country for a decade and is now a fugitive from justice, says he fled to Hungary fearing for his life.Gruevski, 48, turned up at the Hungarian embassy in Tirana, Albania, last November, requesting asylum hours before he was due ...

NATO to sign Macedonia accession protocol next week

Europe 02/02/19, 12:50

Macedonia will sign an accession protocol with NATO on Wednesday under its new name North Macedonia after parliaments in the tiny Balkan country and its southern neighbor Greece ratified a historic name change deal.NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced Saturday on Twitter that "on February 6 we will write history: ...

Greece to ratify Macedonia’s NATO accession in ‘coming days’

Europe 01/31/19, 09:20

Greece will bring Macedonia's NATO accession agreement to parliament for ratification "in the coming days," the government spokesman said Thursday, which will bring into effect the change of the country's name to North Macedonia.Once parliament ratifies the NATO protocol, Greece's foreign ministry will inform Macedonia's foreign ministry of the result, ...

Cyprus president praises Greek premier for Macedonia deal

Europe 01/30/19, 07:50

Cyprus' president has praised Greece's prime minister for his "daring and determination" in ending what he called a "needless" clash with Macedonia over its name.Nicos Anastasiades said Wednesday after talks with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras that the end of the nearly 30-year dispute bolsters regional peace and security and ...

EU official urges Macedonian leaders to focus on reforms

Europe 01/29/19, 11:07

A European Union official is urging leaders in Macedonia to focus on reforms necessary for the country to join the bloc, after Greece ratified a deal ending a nearly three-decade long dispute over use of the name "Macedonia."Director-General for European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Christian Danielsson said Tuesday that ...

European Union presidency to back Macedonia accession talks

Europe 01/28/19, 09:37

The European Union presidency says it will back Macedonia to open accession talks after it reached a deal to change its name.Romanian European Affairs Minister George Ciamba said Monday he wanted negotiations to start for Macedonia in June at a meeting of EU ministers.Romania, which currently holds the bloc's rotating ...

Macedonia’s name change – what does the country have to do?

Europe 01/28/19, 06:39

Macedonia is changing its name to North Macedonia in return for Greece dropping its objections to its northern neighbor joining NATO to settle a nearly three-decade dispute. But what does a country have to do, practically, when it changes its name?Greece's parliament ratified the deal on Friday, in one of ...

Greek president, jeered by name deal foes, denounces Nazism

Europe 01/27/19, 17:21

About 250 nationalist protesters gathered in Greece's second-largest city Sunday to denounce the ratification of a deal to normalize relations with neighboring Macedonia, jeering at "traitor politicians" as some public officials left a concert hall after an International Holocaust Remembrance Day performance.The protest outside the Thessaloniki Concert Hall was timed ...

Update: Greek parliament passes name deal with Macedonia

Europe 01/25/19, 08:33

The Latest on ratification of an agreement to resolve the place name dispute between Greece and Macedonia (all times local):3:30 p.m.Greek lawmakers have ratified an agreement for the country to drop its objections to neighboring Macedonia joining NATO if the small country's name is changed to North Macedonia.The deal faced ...

Greek lawmakers to vote on Macedonia name change deal

Europe 01/25/19, 04:55

Greek lawmakers are to wrap up three days of acrimonious parliamentary debate with a vote on a deal normalizing relations with Macedonia, under which Greece's northern neighbor will rename itself North Macedonia and Athens will drop its objections to the country joining NATO.More protests were scheduled in Athens and the ...

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