Bulgarian PM urges North Macedonia to turn ‘guts’ and settle for French deal on EU club – POLITICO

Press play to hear this newsletter Bulgaria’s outgoing Top Minister Kiril Petkov on Friday suggested his North Macedonian counterpart Dimitar Kovačevski to be courageous and to simply accept a French-led compromise that may open the door for Skopje to begin formal club talks with the EU. However Petkov stated that doing so may cave in … Read more

Western Balkans leaders fume after summit fails to unblock EU bids – POLITICO

EU leaders failed on Thursday to triumph over Bulgaria’s objection to North Macedonia becoming a member of the bloc, leaving a number of Western Balkans leaders fuming at how all of the area’s EU aspirations had been stymied because of this. “I will be able to be easy,” a livid North Macedonian Top Minister Dimitar … Read more