28.09.2021 – Republika English 
Tuesday, 28 September 2021
Macedonia 28.09.21 | 21:54

Awkward: Von der Leyen told Zaev how much she loves the Neo-Classical style of the Government building

An awkward moment occurred during the welcoming ceremony for European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in Skopje. While exchanging pleasantries with Zoran Zaev, Von der Leyen remarked that “it’s a beautiful house you have“, referring to the Government building. Zaev responded...

Macedonia 28.09.21 | 21:43

Mickoski calls for a new style of patriotism during the opposition rally in Struga

VMRO-DPMNE President Hristijan Mickosoki rallied with supporters in Struga and Resen today, on the second day of the local election campaign. Mickoski came to support the nomination of Idri Istrefi, the candidate of the Albanian opposition parties AA and Alternative, who are allied with VMRO-DPMNE in...

Macedonia 28.09.21 | 20:48

Zaev insists that he won’t negotiate on national identity issues with Bulgaria

During his remarks with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen today, Zoran Zaev insisted that while he hopes an agreement will be reached with Bulgaria by the end of the year, it will not interfere with the Macedonian national identity. Bulgaria blocks Macedonia from opening EU accession...

Macedonia 28.09.21 | 20:42

Fire in one of the Vardar galleys

A fire broke out this evening in one of the restaurant galley-boats on the Vardar river in downtown Skopje. The boat, placed near the Holiday Inn hotel, is empty and the city authorities were in the process of removing it. There are no reports of any casualties. The boats were built as part of the Skopje...

Macedonia 28.09.21 | 20:37

USAID increases its aid to Macedonia to 56.6 million dollars

The United States announced an increase in its partnership grant to Macedonia to 56.6 million dollars. The increase in funding will go to programs meant to fight corruption, improve economic competitiveness and improve youth engagement.

Macedonia 28.09.21 | 20:31

Reuters: EU is withdrawing the enlargement guarantee it gave to the Balkan states

Reuters reports that promise of EU membership is no longer a guarantee for the remaining six Balkan countries that are not yet members – a group that includes Macedonia which recently went through an imposed name change precisely to achieve this goal. The news agency quotes diplomats from EU countries...

Macedonia 28.09.21 | 19:28

Corona report: 14 deaths and 467 new cases

The Healthcare Ministry reported that 14 patients died over the past day from the coronavirus infection. The ages of the deceased ranged from 57 to 90. Five deaths were reported in Skopje, and two each in Tetovo and Kratovo. The total death toll of the pandemic in Macedonia is estimated at 6,630. The...

Macedonia 28.09.21 | 19:25

LIVE VIDEO: VMRO-DPMNE rally in Struga

VMRO-DPMNE is holding its pre-election rally in Struga, where party leader Hristijan Mickoski will address supporters. The rally can be viewed live.

World 28.09.21 | 18:11

Hungary rejects criticism from Ukraine after it secured a new gas supply agreement

Hungary rebuffed criticism from Ukraine, whose authorities criticized the newly reached agreement for gas deliveries with the Russian Gazprom company, that will have the option to by-pass Ukraine. Gazprom developed a pipeline through Bulgaria and Serbia, who are linked to the TurkStream line. It’s...

News 28.09.21 | 18:00

False bomb threat made ahead of Von der Leyen’s visit

A false bomb threat was phoned in against the Macedonian Government this morning, ahead of the visit by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen. The Interior Ministry informed that the person who made the phone call was located and detained. His threat was that an explosive device will be...

Macedonia 28.09.21 | 17:58

Zaev refuses to respond to criticism from his former mentor Crvenkovski

Zoran Zaev refused to comment on the remarks made by former SDSM party leader, Prime Minister and President Branko Crvenkovski, who strongly criticized Zaev’s leadership of Macedonia. I have my opinions, and he has his. I make my positions known every day. I believe in reaching agreements to deliver...

Macedonia 28.09.21 | 17:53

Macedonia has the third worst Covid death rate in the world

Last week Macedonia ranked third in the world in Covid deaths as proportion of its population. Peru had the highest death rate, with 604 deaths per 100,000, followed by Bosnia with 320 deaths and Macedonia close behind with 317. Throughout the pandemic, Macedonia continues to have one of the worst death...

Macedonia 28.09.21 | 17:48

VMRO-DPMNE opposes the nomination of scandal-ridden Ljubomir Frckoski as Ambassador to the UN

VMRO-DPMNE said that the nomination of Ljubomir Frckoski as Macedonia’s Ambassador to the UN is unacceptable. The former Foreign and Interior Minister has a long track record of abusing office and violating democratic norms in the murky 1990ies, as well as of violent conduct toward his former wife...

Macedonia 28.09.21 | 17:41

Von der Leyen walks back her initial statement about decoupling Albania from Macedonia

The key issue that arose during the visit of European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen to Macedonia and Albania is whether Albania should be decoupled from Macedonia and allowed to advance on its EU path alone. Von der Leyen was asked about the issue this morning, in Tirana, and gave a comment...

Macedonia 28.09.21 | 16:55

VMRO-DPMNE calls on ethnic Albanian voters to support the opposition

VMRO-DPMNE President Hristijan Mickoski called on the voters to turn out in large numbers and to vote out the SDSM candidates in the coming local elections, as the only sure way to put an end to the Zaev regime. Mickoski was speaking at the first campaign rally of the party, which traditionally takes...

Macedonia 28.09.21 | 16:03

Zaev appears at Demir Hisar rally with the latest BMW model

Since the official vehicles must not be used for party rallies, in order to be comfortable, Prime Minister Zaev yesterday at the rally in Demir Hisar appeared in the latest BMW model which in the cheapest variant here in Macedonia costs over 100,000 euros. The BMW has Strumica license plates, but there...

Macedonia 28.09.21 | 15:10

Von der Leyen fully supports Macedonia and Albania’s start of EU talks

EC President Ursula von der Leyen told a joint news conference in Tirana today with her host, Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama, that she fully supports the start of Albania and Macedonia’s start of EU accession negotiations. I give full support to the start of negotiations with Albania and Macedonia...

Macedonia 28.09.21 | 14:38

Creating a new future is possible only with a clear concept: Changes – projects – victories

Creating a new future is possible only with a clear concept. That is the concept of changes, projects – victories, said the leader of VMRO-DPMNE Hristijan Mickoski. Mickoski presented Monday his vision for the future and success in front of the citizens of Ohrid at the Ancient Theater, where the...

Macedonia 28.09.21 | 13:59

VMRO-DPMNE’s candidate for Ohrid mayor Kiril Pecakov: We guarantee projects for change

We guarantee projects for change, projects for victory. Our main feature is the arguments for the election programs. Let the next days be a competition of ideas and projects in the interest of the citizens of Ohrid. We have a plan for Ohrid and we know how the city should develop in the coming years,...

Macedonia 28.09.21 | 13:31

Inquiry committee into Tetovo hospital fire after probe is completed, says Xhaferi

Parliament Speaker Talat Xhaferi says the motion on setting up an inquiry committee in Parliament to probe the fire in a Tetovo modular hospital, killing 14 people, has been filed too early. According to him, an inquiry committee can be set up after the work of the investigative and judicial bodies is...