Thursday, 20 June 2019
Macedonia 20.06.19 | 23:17

Bulgarian Prime Minister Borisov says Macedonia will have to mature before it gets the EU accession date

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov announced from Brussels that Bulgaria may object to the opening of EU accession talks with Macedonia. Bulgaria signed the call from 12 EU member states to open accession talks this summer, but now Borisov says that Macedonia needs to “mature” more on...

News 20.06.19 | 23:10

Mickoski: Zoran Zaev signed the Prespa treaty to become a Prime Minister and save himself from corruption charges

In an interview with the Albanian language Klan TV, VMRO-DPMNE leader Hristijan Mickoski said that Zoran Zaev signed the Prespa treaty in order to become Prime Minister and to save himself from the series of corruption charges following him, but also so that he can use his power to expand his business...

Macedonia 20.06.19 | 22:10

Tweets from a retired top French diplomat offer Macedonians a rare glimpse into the thinking behind Tuesday’s “non”

Most diplomats coming from countries who objected to the opening of EU accession talks in June have to be, well, diplomatic in their statements about it. Not so with Gerard Araud, one of the most distinguished French diplomats. Araud recently retired after five years as French Ambassador to Washington...

Macedonia 20.06.19 | 21:37

It helps when the Prime Minister is your friend: Croatian TV reports from the Krusevo cannabis plant

The Croatian TV station RTL filmed a report from the 5 Letters cannabis oil plant in Krusevo, which is considered at least loosely to the Zaev family business empire. The TV station presented the manager and part-owner of the plant, Zoran Janevski, as “friend of Zoran Zaev and his party member”. That...

Macedonia 20.06.19 | 21:30

Man badly injured in a knife fight in Skopje’s Cair

Mass knife fight broke out on the Cvetan Dimov boulevard in Cair yesterday night, during which one man was stabbed and badly injured. The victim is identified as A.R. (24), while the 29 year old B.B. was arrested. The police say they are investigating the incident.

Sport 20.06.19 | 21:25

Vardar signs reinforcements to help defend the EHF Champions League trophy

Vardar signed two Russian reinforcements for the next two handball seasons – Sergey Gorpishin and Pavel Atman will play for the Macedonian and European defending champion. Gorpishin (21) is a pivot and comes from the German Erlangen, while the 32 year old left winger Atman played in Hanover. Latvian...

Macedonia 20.06.19 | 16:03

Nikoloski: SDSM wants to shut VMRO down using the special prosecutors

VMRO-DPMNE deputy President Aleksandar Nikoloski accused the ruling SDMS party of having a “master plan” to shut down the leading opposition party. The only charge initiated by the Special Prosecutor’s Office after the legal term that was given to it was the one aimed against VMRO-DPMNE...

Macedonia 20.06.19 | 15:56

Education Ministry caves hours after parents of straight A students hold protest

Grade inflation caused a protest in front of the Government building today, as 330 straight A grade elementary school graduates applied for the Orce Nikolov high-school in Skopje’s Karpos district, where only 285 places were available. An announcement that the applicants will have to be tested...

Macedonia 20.06.19 | 15:51

Koumoutsakos says Macedonia and Albania will be evaluated separately

According to Greek shadow Foreign Minister Georgios Koumoutsakos, the EU accession of Macedonia and Albania will be evaluated separately, and not as a group. Each case will be judged on its own. There are no couples in enlargement. The two cases are not the same, they just coincide in time, Koumoutsakos...

Macedonia 20.06.19 | 15:13

Zaharieva sees the EU postponement as a chance that Macedonia and Albania begin accession talks together

Bulgarian Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva said that the delay of the opening of accession talks with Macedonia, which Zoran Zaev promised will begin in June, will allow Albania to join the group with Macedonia. The good news, according to me, is taht the two countries are not decoupled at this stage,...

Economy 20.06.19 | 15:06

Minister Carovska claims that she stabilized the retirement system

Labour and Welfare Minister Mila Carovska made a claim today that the state run retirement fund PIOM is stabilized after the tax increases the Parliament introduced, and that for the first time in a long while, retirement payments are being made without borrowing. The measures we undertook to stabilize...

Macedonia 20.06.19 | 14:56

Building inspectors stop all work on the Beko site

Inspectors from Skopje’s downtown Centar district ordered an end to the construction work at the site of a large new building where once the Beko mall and the Plaza hotel stood. Centar Mayor Sasa Bogdanovik and municipal councillors ordered an end to all construction in Centar, but this site, owned...

Macedonia 20.06.19 | 14:50

Canada ratifies Macedonia’s NATO accession

The Canadian Foreign Ministry informed that the country has ratified Macedonia’s NATO accession protocol. Canada is the 18th country to ratify the protocol, which was signed after Macedonia was pressured to change its name. If ratification continues as planned, Macedonia would become the 30th NATO...

Macedonia 20.06.19 | 12:15

Colored revolution artists divided in two camps as fight breaks out over the MKC center

A group of artists and NGO activists, many of them supporters of the Zaev SDSM party and his Colored Revolution, wrote an open letter against the expected appointment of musician Arben Beni Sakiri as the new director of the MKC youth cultural center. Sakiri was also an outspoken supporter of Zaev, throughout...

Macedonia 20.06.19 | 12:05

Zaev and Rama warn of bad things to come in the Balkans if they are not given a date to open EU accession talks

Speaking with the Financial Times, Zoran Zaev and Edi Rama warned that nationalists will gain strength in the Balkans if Macedonia and Albania are not allowed to open EU accession talks. Both countries were rejected at the meeting of the EU foreign ministers, when they asked to open accession talks during...

Macedonia 20.06.19 | 11:37

Osmani says Macedonia must maintain closest possible ties with Albania, after allegations that he engineered the EU accession “coupling”

Bujar Osmani, the Deputy Prime Minister charged with European integration, denied the allegations that he has made a clandestine agreement with former Albanian Foreign Minister Ditmir Bushati to drag Macedonia’s reforms and EU accession in order to avoid decoupling from Albania. Albanian politicians...

Macedonia 20.06.19 | 11:15

Dimitrov won’t say if Goce Delcev was Macedonian

Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov refused to say whether he considers the legendary VMRO hero Goce Delcev as a Macedonian hero. The issue of “ownership” of Delcev erupted in the talks between Macedonian and Bulgarian historians, which are held under a provision of the treaty Dimitrov concluded...

Macedonia 20.06.19 | 11:05

Was it a veto again? Milososki points out countries who opposed opening accession talks with Macedonia

Looking for somebody to blame after the loss of the promised summer date to open EU accession talks, media outlets close to the SDSM party turned on former Foreign Minister Antonio Milososki, who listed the countries which opposed the opening of accession talks in June. A number of left wing journalists...