From Pristina to Podgorica – Germany stands in solidarity with the countries of the Western Balkans in the fight against the COVID‑19 pandemic; together with the WHO, it has provided them with ventilators and pulse oximeters.
Key aspects of bilateral relations include the political development of the Republic of North Macedonia following independence, Germany’s role as the country’s leading cooperation partner and the close…
North Macedonia’s accession to NATO was officially concluded today with the traditional raising of the country’s flag. Foreign Minister Maas welcomed the new Ally and paid tribute to the Government for its path of reform that made its accession possible.
The impact of years of civil wars in the Western Balkan region can still be felt to this day, with up to six million small arms still in circulation. Germany and France have launched an initiative to curb the illegal arms trade and to bring arms under control.
On today’s trip to North Macedonia, Foreign Minister Maas seeks to encourage perseverance with reforms, saying that Germany will support and assist the Country.
Yesterday, the Bundestag voted in favour of opening EU accession negotiations with North Macedonia and Albania. This sends an important message, for the Western Balkans is a key region for Europe.