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Albanian foreign minister, “We are aware of the ‘tiredness of Europeanisation'”


Foreign Minister Ditmir Bushati informed on Tuesday (April 26th) a small group of Brussels journalists about his country’s ambitions towards the EU, following the Commission’s proposal to start membership talks with Tirana and following Prime Minister Edi Rama’s visit to Berlin last Wednesday. The European Commission proposed on April 17 to open membership negotiations with Albania and Macedonia, in line with its new focus on Western Balkans integration.

The renewed interest in the region, which has made progress over the last year in resolving disagreements with its neighbors and undertaking a reform agenda, matched concerns about the growing interest of non-EU countries to gained a foothold there, in particular Russia and China. Meanwhile, French President Emmanuel Macron told the European Parliament that he did not want further EU enlargement before the bloc would make the reforms, allowing it to function more successfully. In Berlin, Rama warned that Russia also aimed to radicalize the Muslims of Albania and urged the EU not to “leave room for filling in from other countries”.

Macedonian Foreing Minister Nikola Dimitrov visits Paris


Today the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Macedonia, Nikola Dimitrov, in the framework of his first working visit to the French Republic, met with his French host, Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drion. At the meeting, the Ministers expressed satisfaction with the mutual efforts for introducing new dynamics in the political dialogue, which is in function of enriching the overall bilateral cooperation between the Republic of Macedonia and the French Republic. In the conversation, Minister Dimitrov stressed the importance that the Republic of Macedonia attaches to relations with France, both bilaterally and in the context of the European and Euro-Atlantic future of the Republic of Macedonia.

He confirmed to his French counterpart that the Republic of Macedonia is trying, through its pro-European foreign policy action, to be a serious and credible partner to the international community. MFA Dimitrov also met his French counterpart with the reform activities undertaken by the Government in the light of the European and Euro-Atlantic integrations, but also in a wider context, in the context of the role of the Republic of Macedonia, as a catalyst for regional cooperation and stability. Minister Dimitrov also met with Philip Etienne, a diplomatic adviser to French President Emanuel Macron, where he argued why the Republic of Macedonia is the opportunity for joint success in the Balkans this year.

Trump talks with Macron and Merkel about China trade practices


U.S. President Donald Trump discussed trade practices with China in calls on Tuesday with French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the White House said. Trump and Merkel also discussed “joining forces to counter” China’s economic practices and alleged intellectual property theft, the White House said, in what would be a further escalation of Trump’s trade actions against China.

The U.S. president also pushed for intensifying cooperation with Turkey on Syria in his call with Macron, according to the White House.

Emmanuel Macron to begin two-day state visit to Tunisia Wednesday


French President Emmanuel Macron will make a state visit to Tunisia on Wednesday (January 31) and Thursday (February 1), at the invitation of his counterpart Beji Caïd Essebsi. This is his first trip to Tunisia since he took office in May 2017.The French President, who will be accompanied by many personalities, ministers, parliamentarians, officials of the French Development Agency (AFD), academics and businessmen, will deliver a message of encouragement to the process of economic and democratic transition in Tunisia, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. During this visit, Macron will have meetings with President Beji Caïd Essebsi, Prime Minister Youssef Chahed and Speaker of the House of People’s Representatives (HPR) Mohamed Ennaceur. Defense, security, economy, education, higher education, culture and the situation in the region, especially in Libya are all topics that will be discussed during this visit, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. A series of co-operation agreements will also be signed between the two countries.

Four Macron’s ideas for Africa


According to the article in few years the African continent will start an economic revival and Macron, who knows the continent because he has lived and worked there, has announced that he will start his tour in Africa on November 28, when he will speak to students in Ouagadougou. The aim is to involve them in a new process that will be focused in four main pillars. The first one is about the possibility of a rapid growth for Africa, the second regards France and the importance to take in consideration all the continent and not only francophone Countries, the third is about a development in the French institution. It will be achieved through a provision with which the affairs regarding African issue will be included in the activity of all ministers. The last one is about Europe and Africa and the need for the EU to open its own borders to the other continent.

Macron’s tag: France is sceptical, but he has the upper hand


Adrien Taquet, an advertising executive who entered parliament as one of Macron’s novice MPs, and one of the most closest member of the group of Macron from the beginning, has spoken about Macron after six months of Presidence. He has stressed the importance of the reforms that Macron is carrying on with his executive. Among them the most important concerns three legislative changes: “a law to clean up politics including banning MPs from hiring family members, flagship reforms to loosen France’s complex labour code, making it easier to hire and fire […] and controversial anti-terror legislation that allowed Macron to end France’s two-year state of emergency by writing hardline special policing powers into law”. He’s trying now to find a solution to challenge the name that has be given by the opposition to Macron, as the president of the rich.

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