Thursday, 24 January 2019
Macedonia 22:53

Prespa or no Prespa, next Greek PM announces he will block Macedonia’s EU accession

The leader of the Greek conservative New Democracy party Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced that Greece will continue to veto Macedonia’s European Union accession talks, even if the so-called Prespa deal is ratified. Greek Parliament postponed its vote for Friday, and the deal contains a clause that...

Macedonia 22:44

Osmani hurls new insults at Karakamiseva in row over the Albanian languages law

Law professor Tanja Karakamiseva, who is one of the most prominent critics of the Government for which he received a late night police visit to her home, says that the Venice Commission, where she is the Macedonian representative, rebuked the Macedonian Government for its actions. I was informed that...

Balkans 22:30

Greek nationalists burn Macedonian flag in front of the Parliament

Greek nationalist protesters burnt the Macedonian flag in front of the Parliament in Athens. The incident happened as thousands of nationalists descended to the Parliament in anticipation of the vote to ratify a deal with which Macedonia changes its name to North Macedonia and opens its history books...

Economy 17:36

VMRO-DPMNE supports striking market sellers

VMRO-DPMNE members of Parliament met with protesters from the Green Market in Skopje, who demand that the new fees and regulations imposed on them are scrapped. We in VMRO-DPMNE and in our coalition persist in our demand that the new law on farmers markets is nullified, the party informed following the...

Macedonia 17:31

DUI member of Parliament threatened SPO prosecutors

Ejup Alimi, member of Parliament from the ruling DUI party, allegedly threatened prosecutor Gavril Bubevski with assault, over one of the rare investigations the Special Prosecutor’s Office is conducting against DUI. This was revealed during an exchange in court when Bubevski asked Mefail Arslani,...

Macedonia 17:20

After racketeering allegations, Media Agency will examine ownership structure of Boki 13’s TV station

The Media Agency (AVMU) announced today that it is going to investigate the ownership structure of 1TV, a recently opened, strongly pro-Government TV station ran by Bojan Jovanovski – Boki 13. We are operating under Article 34 of the law which treats media ownership, or whether the station has...

Macedonia 17:13

Zaev meets Soros in Davos to discuss further steps away from a Macedonian nation state and toward multiculturalism

While attending the elitist retreat in Davos, Zoran Zaev met with billionaire financier George Soros, whose organization was actively supportive of his coming to power. During the meeting, it was agreed that having the Republic of Macedonia join NATO and integrated with the European Union are key steps...

Balkans 15:46

Avramopoulos: The geographic qualifier is one thing, but the historic is another

EU Commissioner for Migration Dimitris Avramopoulos on Wednesday described the name deal reached between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) as “problematic,” arguing it favors the latter, Kathimerini reported. “The Prespes agreement is not balanced, and therefore it...

Life 15:03

Meghan Markle reportedly had a secret Instagram page just to follow her friends

Meghan Markle’s life has changed beyond recognition over the last couple of years. She’s now married to an actual prince, spends most of her time in palaces, and will give birth to a royal baby in just a couple of months. But all that pales in comparison when you remember the biggest change of...

Life 14:27

Vevcani Carnival through BBC News photos

In the Macedonian village of Vevcani, a carnival is held for more than 800 years, which in the first half of January brings visitors in a different reality, BBC News reported on the traditional Vevcani Carnival. This year they had their own photojournalist at the carnival, which captured the atmosphere...

Culture 14:04

Promotion of Grape Malt Syrup novel by Vlada Urosevikj

Magor is hosting a book launch for Grape Malt Syrup, the latest novel by Vlada Uroshevikj, at Skopje’s Kultura cinema on Thursday evening. Grape Malt Syrup is a novel of atmosphere and urban setting as much as a postmodern puzzle, according to literary critic Lidija Kapushevska-Drakulevska. Reviewing...

Culture 13:17

“Read in one gulp” campaign was real success and people talk about it

At the end of last year, interesting little prints of excerpts from books by world-famous authors were distributed in JSP Skopje buses. Passengers could read while travelling to school, to work, going to a scheduled meeting or having a doctor’s appointment. The idea was to shorten the trip and...

Music 11:41

Listen to the performance of “O Jano, Jano” by Ana and Igor Durlovski

“Yesterday evening I had the honor, for my good health and a speedy recovery, to listen live to these two angelic and friendly voices <3 Ana & Igor Durlovski, thank you for fulfilling my wish <3 Ooo Jano Jano,” Jana Arsovska wrote on Facebook.

Macedonia 11:26

Speaker of Greek Parliament says that chant “Macedonia is one and it is Greek” is irredentist

Speaker of Greek Parliament Nikos Voutsis warned members of Parliament to stop using the common Greek nationalist expression that “Macedonia is one and it is Greek”. During the heated discussion in the Parliament, which is expected to end this evening with a vote on ratifying the Prespa Agreement,...

Culture 11:20

Milcho Manchevski receives Eastern Star Award at Trieste Film Festival in Italy

Macedonian film director Milcho Manchevski has received the honorary Eastern Star Award at the landmark 30th Trieste Film Festival (18-25 January), the leading Italian festival on Central Eastern European cinema. Previous winners of this award include Italian actress Monica Bellucci, French actress...

Macedonia 11:19

Zaev meets Hahn in Davos

At the elitist retreat in Davos, Zoran Zaev is expected to meet with European Commissioner Johannes Hahn, the Macedonian Government informed. Zaev will also meet with Slovenian Prime Minister Marjan Sarec, German Healthcare Minister Jens Spahn, Google representatives and other political and business...

Macedonia 11:15

Xhaferi defends the way in which the Prespa deal was ratified, as Greece prepares to vote on it

As Greek Parliament begins final round of discussions ahead of the vote on the Macedonia name deal, Speaker Talat Xhaferi said that he expects the deal to be approved in Athens. Despite the reactions of the opposition in both countries, the Prespa Agreement is good, it will contribute to stability inside...

Macedonia 11:06

Time reports on bribes, blackmail and unintended consequences surrounding the Macedonia name deal

Time published an editorial detailing how members of Parliament in Macedonia, but also in Greece, were blackmailed and bribed in order to support the name change deal. Author Angelos Chryssogelos also expects that the forcible imposition of the deal will have unexpected consequences in both countries...

Other sports 10:36

Osaka digs deep against Pliskova to set up Kvitova final

U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka staved off a fightback from Karolina Pliskova to reach her maiden Australian Open final with a 6-2 4-6 6-4 win on Thursday and set up a title clash with double Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, Reuters reports. Osaka hit winners almost at will from both her forehand and...

Balkans 09:59

Communist Party unfolds banner against Prespa Agreement on Acropolis Hill

Members of the Greek Communist Party on Thursday unfurled two banners over the walls of the Acropolis Hill with slogans against the name deal signed between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), which is being discussed in Parliament, Kathimerini reports. The banners proclaimed...

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