EU Commission head Ursula von der Leyen hailed the “historic moment” at a joint news conference with Albanian Premier Edi Rama and North Macedonia’s Prime Minister Dimitar Kovacevski.
North Macedonia's foreign minister hails the "historic opportunity" at the signing event, while his Bulgarian counterpart says the agreement contains measures to sort out unresolved bilateral issues.
North Macedonia's constitution will be amended to recognise a Bulgarian minority and in exchange Bulgaria will allow its West Balkan neighbour to start membership talks with the European Union.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen pledges to support French proposal for North Macedonia to join the EU as well as eliminate Bulgaria’s objections.
North Macedonia's ambition to start EU membership talks has been stymied by Sofia over long-running disputes, but a change in stance of some Bulgarian opposition forces may resolve the issue.
Bulgaria's coalition government lost a vote of confidence among MPs, bringing fresh political turmoil and the increased likelihood of an early general election.
"We are now adding a new dimension to Türkiye's broadcasts in 41 languages and dialects," says TRT's General Manager Mehmet Zahid Sobaci, during a promotional event for TRT Balkan's digital news platform in North Macedonian capital Skopje.
As a result of young people leaving the Balkan country in the past two decades, the country’s population has shrunk to 1,836,731, official data shows.
A plane belonging to Bulgarian airline GullivAir landed at Skopje international airport as the company is planning to operate two flights per week.
Italy will miss their second World Cup in a row after slumping to a shock 1-0 play-off semi-final defeat to North Macedonia, and Portugal advance to World Cup European Qualifiers playoff final after defeating Türkiye 3-1 at home.
New coalition cabinet, led by Kovacevski's Social Democrats, was backed by 62 MPs of those present in the 120-seat parliament. Forty-six lawmakers voted against.
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