Saturday, 1 August 2020
Macedonia 01.08.20 | 23:06

Thousands of tourists crowd Ohrid completely ignoring coronavirus restrictions

With the borders closed due to the coronavirus epidemic, thousands of tourists have flocked to Ohrid, Macedonia’s main domestic tourist attraction. Pictures from the lakeside beaches today show complete disregard for social distancing. Hundreds of people would crowd onto a beach, sitting next to...

Macedonia 01.08.20 | 23:01

Zaev got the Bulgarian flag wrong

Zoran Zaev’s office again mixed up the flag of a foreign country. To celebrate the third anniversary of the signing of the Zaev – Borisov treaty, the former Prime Minister shared a picture of the signing ceremony, with flags of Macedonia and Bulgaria imposed in the background. Somehow, someone...

Economy 01.08.20 | 19:07

Demands that the energy price hike is reversed

Trade unions and activists organizations called on the Energy Regulatory Commission to reverse its decision to hike the energy price by 7.4 percent. This made Macedonian energy prices the second highest in Europe – taking into account the purchasing power. After the post-election price hike, Macedonian...

Macedonia 01.08.20 | 18:57

SDSM official Miroslav Grcev wants the Macedonia Gate demolished

Controversial SDSM supporting architect Miroslav Grcev, who was named to a team meant to examine the Skopje 2014 urban renewal project, called for the destruction of the Macedonia Gate and the planned monument to Mother Teresa. SDSM has long campaigned against the project which built neo-classical style...

Economy 01.08.20 | 16:11

After the post-election price hike, Macedonian households will get the second highest energy bills in Europe

The latest electricity price hike, that was apparently timed for just after the elections, makes the prices in Macedonia second highest in Europe – when compared to the average salaries. The ruling SDSM party, which campaigned heavily focusing on its welfare transfers which include subsidized electricity...

Macedonia 01.08.20 | 16:02

Seven coronavirus deaths in one day, the number of active cases estimated at 3,700

Seven patients died of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, including a young man from Bitola who previously fought off leucemia. The other deceased patients are from Skopje (2), Makedonski Brod, Kicevo, Debar and Stip. Their ages range from 41 to 78, said Healthcare Minister Venko Filipce. The Ministry also...

Macedonia 01.08.20 | 15:58

Covid-19 kills young man from Bitola who survived leucemia as a child

A 27 year old man from Bitola, who succumbed to the coronavirus epidemic, had previously suffered from leucemia. The Healthcare Ministry issued a statement saying that the young patient was treated for leucemia as a child for over a decade, which left serious problems with his immune system. He contracted...

Macedonia 01.08.20 | 15:35

US Ambassador calls on the parties to get together and quickly form a new Government

Despite the inconclusive outcome of the elections, US Ambassador to Macedonia Kate Byrnes said that she expects that a new Government will be formed within the provided deadlines, and as soon as possible. Before the vote, Byrnes called on the country to go ahead with the elections, even though many citizens...

Macedonia 01.08.20 | 15:26

Incident in Krusevo involving the “Ilinden cavalry”, police officer had to fire in the air to stop a fight

Several horsemen who arrived to Krusevo as part of the traditional Ilinden ride, got into an incident with a local yesterday evening. A police officer had to fire in the air to stop the fighting. The incident involved five members of the “Ilinden cavalry”. The group takes off from Skopje...

Macedonia 01.08.20 | 15:23

Greece will keep its border closed for Macedonian citizens at least until mid August

The Greek Government ordered its border closed for Macedonian citizens until August 15. The European Union in general put Macedonia on the black list until the end of August, but individual EU members can change the decision, and Bulgaria already opened its border – provided that the arriving Macedonian...

Macedonia 01.08.20 | 11:40

VMRO to Mitko Jancev: The party is not for sale

Mitko Jancev, the Mayor of Kavadarci who is trying to create a faction within the VMRO-DPMNE party, said that “he is taking the party over” in an interview with Fokus. This is not the first time Jancev has announced such moves, and he has promoted a faction that includes former minister Nikola...

Macedonia 01.08.20 | 11:31

SDSM denies VMRO allegations that they are trying to bribe members of Parliament again

With the new Parliament set to convene on August 4, SDSM official Oliver Spasovski insisted that talks for forming the next coalition will begin only after that date. The main parties are evenly divided and none has a clear shot at forming a Government, but under the surface, talks are believed to be...

Macedonia 01.08.20 | 11:08

Commemoration of the Ilinden Uprising begins in Krusevo

The honoring of the 1903 Ilinden Uprising begins in Krusevo today and will culminate on Sunday. The uprising was a pivotal moment in the fight for Macedonian statehood against the Ottoman Empire, and the short-lived Krusevo Republic is seen as inspiration for the modern Macedonian state. The flag of...

Macedonia 01.08.20 | 10:44

Backyard slaughtering of animals for Kurban Bajram filmed in Ohrid

Social media users from Ohrid have shared pictures showing the slaughtering and skinning of sacrificial animals for the Kurban Bajram (Eid al Adha) holiday. The Muslim holiday marks the readiness of Abraham to sacrifice his son to God, and traditionally sacrificial animals, usually lambs, are killed...

Macedonia 01.08.20 | 10:39

Cooler weather at the start of the Ilinden weekend

After a lengthy heat-wave, Macedonia experienced a strong rainstorm yesterday evening, and a somewhat cooler and cloudy start to the Ilinden weekend. Temperatures today are a few degrees lower than the past days and the highs will range between 30 and 38. A moderate to strong wind from the north is also...