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Hungary to consider asylum request from fugitive Macedonia ex-PM

Budapest - Hungary confirmed Wednesday that it had received a request for political asylum from fugitive former Macedonia prime minister Nikola Gruevski, in a case that could prove a diplomatic headache for Prime Minister Viktor Orban.

Hungary confirms asylum request from fugitive former Macedonian PM

Budapest - Hungary confirmed Wednesday that it has received a request for political asylum from fugitive former Macedonia prime minister Nikola Gruevski, a day after he said on Facebook that he had fled a prison sentence for abuse of power.

Wanted Macedonian leader says seeking asylum in Hungary

Skopje - Macedonia's former prime minister Nikola Gruevski, who has been sentenced to jail for abuse of power, said Tuesday he was in Hungary where he has requested political asylum.

Macedonian court issues arrest warrant for ex-PM Gruevski

Skopje - A Macedonian court on Monday issued an arrest warrant for the country's former prime minister, Nikola Gruevski, after he failed to turn himself in following a corruption conviction.

Macedonia MPs vote to start name change process

Skopje - Macedonia's parliament on Friday voted to start the process of renaming the country North Macedonia, a major step towards ending a decades-long stalemate with Greece and opening a door to NATO and the EU.

Greek PM urges Macedonia to ratify name deal after FM resigns

Atenas - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Wednesday urged Macedonian lawmakers to ratify the two countries' landmark name deal after a cabinet spat in Athens prompted the shock resignation of his foreign minister.

Macedonia parliament finishes first day of debate on name change

Skopje - Macedonia's parliament finished its first day of a debate on Monday without reaching a decision on whether to approve a deal to change the country's name, pushing talks aimed at settling a long-running row with Greece into a second day.

Macedonia lawmakers to vote on name change deal with Greece

Skopje - Macedonia's parliament will vote Monday on whether to ratify a deal to change the country's name, in a bid to finally settle one of Europe's longest running disputes.

Macedonia court upholds jail term for ex-PM Gruevski

Skopje - A Macedonia appeals court on Friday upheld ex-premier Nikola Gruevski's two-year sentence for abuse of power over the use of a luxury car, setting a course for the former strongman to be jailed.

Macedonia president slams 'unfair' EU after referendum

Prague - Macedonia's President Gjorge Ivanov slammed the EU as "unfair" on Thursday after a referendum to change the country's name, which had been a condition for its EU and NATO entry.

UN chief urges Macedonia to implement name change

New York - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday urged Macedonia to move forward with a name change after more than 90 percent of voters backed renaming the Balkan country North Macedonia.

Macedonia PM defies low turnout to push name change

Skopje - Macedonia's government vowed Monday to push ahead with changing the country's name to appease Greece and build ties with the West, but opponents said low turnout in a referendum on the move made it illegitimate.

Macedonia: a decades-long quarrel over a name

Skopje - With Sunday's referendum proposing the new name "Republic of North Macedonia", the country hopes to resolve a row poisoning relations with Greece and blocking efforts to join the EU and NATO.

Macedonian referendum backs new name to end Greek row

Skopje - Macedonian voters on Sunday supported a plan to rename the country aimed at ending a decades-long spat with Greece and unlocking a path to NATO and EU membership, although the referendum was marred by low turnout.

Macedonia to vote on new name to end Greek row

Skopje - Voters across the Balkan state of Macedonia will decide Sunday whether to re-name their country North Macedonia, an emotional vote that could end a bitter row with Greece and unlock a path to NATO and the EU.

Macedonia president urges boycott of name referendum

New York - Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov called on Thursday for voters to boycott this weekend's referendum on a name change, saying the country was being asked to commit "historical suicide.

Macedonia PM Zoran Zaev: an optimist in the Balkans

Skopje - He took down a strongman, survived a bloody mob attack and won global plaudits for signing a historic accord with Greece.

'Everyone is for yes': name vote brings hope to Macedonia's Albanians

Skopje - From the brink of war to decades of discrimination and poverty, it has not been an easy ride for the Albanian minority wedged into Macedonia's northwest corner.

Why is Macedonia voting to change its name?

Skopje - Macedonians are casting ballots on Sunday on whether to add "North" to their country's official name.- Why?

In Macedonia, emigration leaves empty villages in its wake

Zelenikovo - Only one man knows how the Macedonian village of Gradovci will vote in Sunday's referendum: Dushan Nikolovski, the sole year-round resident of the near-deserted community, now a collection of crumbling stone homes.

Pentagon chief in Skopje over Russia bid 'to sway' name change vote

Skopje - US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis arrived in Skopje on Monday to throw his support behind a 'yes' vote in Macedonia's upcoming referendum on a name change and to counter "Russian influence" against the move.

Approve name-change or face 'hopelessness': Macedonia PM

Kicevo - Macedonians must choose between a new name or a future of isolation and instability, Prime Minister Zoran Zaev told AFP ahead of a September 30 referendum on the issue.

Trial starts for violent storming of Macedonian parliament

Skopje - A Macedonian court on Wednesday launched a trial of 33 men, including five opposition MPs and a former interior minister, accused of involvement in a violent attack on parliament last year.

Macedonia to hold referendum on name change on September 30

Skopje - Macedonia's parliament on Monday set September 30 as the date for a referendum on changing the country's name to the Republic of North Macedonia, a high-stakes vote aimed at resolving a long-running row with Greece and clearing the path to join NATO an...

Macedonia to hold referendum on name change on September 30

Skopje - Macedonia's parliament on Monday set September 30 as the date for a referendum on changing the country's name to the Republic of North Macedonia, a high-stakes vote aimed at resolving the Balkan nation's long-running row with Greece and opening the doo...

EU deal to deploy border guards in Macedonia to curb migrants

Apo - The European Union said it struck a deal Wednesday with Macedonia to deploy border guards to the non-EU Balkan state to help cope with any migrant surges.

NATO invites Macedonia to start membership talks

Apo - NATO on Wednesday invited Macedonia to start talks to join the alliance after Skopje reached a deal with Greece in a long-running row over the country's name.

Greece acts against Russian diplomats in security breach over Macedonia row

Atenas - Greece has taken "the necessary measures to protect its national interest" after "interference" by Russian officials in the name dispute with the former Yugoslav republic of Macedonia, the government said on Wednesday.

Greeks reject Macedonia name deal in poll

Atenas - A majority of Greeks reject a disputed name deal that aims to end a long-running row with neighbouring Macedonia, a poll showed Sunday, with nearly half labelling it 'treason'.

EU to open Macedonia, Albania accession talks June 2019

Luxembourg - The European Union agreed Tuesday to open negotiations to join the bloc with Albania and the ex-Yugoslav republic of Macedonia starting in June next year, provided certain conditions are met.
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Refugees leaving Tabanovce camp  crossing from Macedonia to Serbia.
Refugees leaving Tabanovce camp, crossing from Macedonia to Serbia.
Refugees leaving Tabanovce camp  crossing from Macedonia to Serbia.
Refugees leaving Tabanovce camp, crossing from Macedonia to Serbia.
A map showing the Greek province of Macedonia and and the neighbouring country of the same name
A map showing the Greek province of Macedonia and and the neighbouring country of the same name
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