Tuesday, 18 January 2022
Macedonia 18.01.22 | 22:14

Maricic: If there are Macedonians in Bulgaria, they can self-identify as such, but we can’t support them

Deputy Prime Minister Bojan Maricic spoke out about the controversy he caused, when he refused to stand up for the minority rights of ethnic Macedonians in Bulgaria. The same position was later adopted by Prime Minister Dimitar Kovacevski, even as Bulgaria is pushing very strongly to demand minority...

Macedonia 18.01.22 | 21:40

Ahmeti calls on the Government to accept Petkov’s demands and amends the Macedonian Constitution

DUI party leader Ali Ahmeti called on Macedonia to accept the demands put forward by Bulgarian Prime Minister Kiril Petkov, starting with including the Bulgarian nation to the Preamble of the Constitution. Ahmeti, whose power over his coalition with SDSM keeps growing, made the statement after meeting...

Macedonia 18.01.22 | 21:34

Mickoski met with Petkov: I stood by my positions

VMRO-DPMNE President Hristijan Mickoski met with the Bulgarian Prime Minister Kiril Petkov, who is visiting Macedonia. After the meeting, Mickoski’s office issued a statement informing that he stood by the positions regarding the dispute between Macedonia and Bulgaria. VMRO-DPMNe led the process...

Macedonia 18.01.22 | 21:27

Highest daily infection rate of the epidemic – 2,269 new cases diagnosed, 13 deaths

Macedonia suffered its worst daily infection rate of the pandemic today, as 2,269 of the 7,038 tests came back positive. The Healthcare Ministry also informed that 13 patients died over the day, and 11 earlier unreported deaths are now confirmed. The spike in new cases is largely due to the free-wheeling...

Macedonia 18.01.22 | 19:43

School year cut short because of the new coronavirus wave

The Government today determined that the school year will be cut short to 172 school days for elementary school pupils and to 158 days for the elementary school graduates. This means that the currently on-going winter break, that was supposed to end on Thursday, will be extended until February. The reason...

Macedonia 18.01.22 | 18:26

LDP officials angry at the way Goran Milevski runs the party

Filip Avramcev, member of the Central Board of the Liberal-Democratic Party, accused party leader Goran Milevski of violating the party charter after he failed to consult other officials and the members about who should join the new Kovacevski Government. Milevski was Local Administration Minister under...

Macedonia 18.01.22 | 18:02

Gruevski calls on Nikola Petkov to drop his claim that the Macedonian minority in Bulgaria does not exist

Former Prime Minister and VMRO leader Nikola Gruevski strongly reacted to the recent statement from newly elected Bulgarian Prime Minister Kiril Petkov, who denied that there is a Macedonian minority Bulgarian. Petkov made the statement days ahead of his visit to Macedonia, even as he demands that Macedonia...

Economy 18.01.22 | 17:35

Energy crisis: ELEM takes over the Skopje heating companies on Friday

Economy Minister Kreshnik Bekteshi said that the state run ELEM/ESM energy company will take over management of the BEG and Skopje Sever heating companies on January 21st. These two companies, that supply tens of thousands of households in the capital Skopje with heated water during the winter, are facing...

Macedonia 18.01.22 | 17:16

Kovacevski Government insists it did not omit a verse from the Macedonian national anthem on purpose

The Kovacevski Government issued a statement to the press denying reports that it deliberately cut short the Macedonian national anthem during the welcoming ceremony of Bulgarian Prime Minister Kiril Petkov. The previous Zaev Government would often edit out the verses that refer to historic VMRO leaders...

Macedonia 18.01.22 | 17:10

Petkov did not say when or whether will Bulgaria lift its veto against Macedonia

Bulgarian Prime Minister Kiril Petkov did not provide answers during his visit to Macedonia about whether the country will lift its veto against Macedonia. Petkov stuck to bland and broad answers while peppered by the local press, which demanded some answers. Petkov did not even name the country he is...

Macedonia 18.01.22 | 15:49

Roth calls on Bulgaria to recognize the Macedonian minority

Former German Secretary of State for Europe, and now only MP, Michael Roth asked for reciprocity regarding the minorities in the two countries, ie as Macedonia recognizes the Bulgarian minority, so Bulgaria should recognize the Macedonian minority. It is very good that the new heads of government of...

Economy 18.01.22 | 15:19

Petkov: Sofia-Skopje airline to be set up in two months

An airline from Sofia to Skopje should be set up in around two months, stated Bulgarian Prime Minister Kiril Petkov, who says that the good neighborly relations between Bulgaria and Macedonia will be measured with concretely realized steps and goals, not just via political statements. Today we clearly...

Macedonia 18.01.22 | 15:13

Grubi – Abdrakhmanov: Macedonia sets an example of respect of rights of communities

First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Political System and Inter-Community Relations Artan Grubi met on Tuesday with the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities Kairat Abdrakhmanov. At this meeting, as Grubi’s office informed, the two interlocutors discussed human rights and freedoms...

World 18.01.22 | 14:21

European Parliament chooses Roberta Metsola as new president

A clear majority of the European Parliament voted to make conservative lawmaker Roberta Metsola its new president on Tuesday, replacing David Sassoli who died unexpectedly last week. Metsola, who turned 43 on Tuesday and hails from Malta, belongs to the centre-right European People’s Party (EPP)...

Macedonia 18.01.22 | 14:18

Petkov fails to respond to the burning questions of reporters

The long-awaited meeting between Dimitar Kovacevski and Kiril Petkov did not bring anything new. The speeches of the two prime ministers passed into mutual praise and encouragement without any essence. The only thing left to note is that Bulgaria agreed to use the short name Macedonia, which it has so...

Macedonia 18.01.22 | 14:10

FAZ: Petkov demands that the Bulgarian minority be included in the Macedonian Constitution, but doesn’t want to hear about the Macedonian minority in Bulgaria

Bulgarian Prime Minister Kiril Petkov is paying his first official visit to Macedonia today, and before the visit he announced a new approach to the talks on resolving the dispute between Skopje and Sofia. The newspaper “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung” (FAZ) today published an analysis on...

Macedonia 18.01.22 | 12:17

Washington confident Sofia and Skopje can find solution, sanctions against Bulgaria aren’t considered

The United States strongly supports the accession of Macedonia and Albania into the European Union believing that it is of great benefit for all the countries in the region, reads a statement by Department of State spokesman Ned Price released by the US embassy to Bulgaria. According to the MIA correspondent...

Macedonia 18.01.22 | 10:45

National anthem cut short: Petkov did not hear about Goce Delcev, Dame Gruev, Sandanski and the Krusevo Republic

The Prime Minister of Bulgaria Kiril Petkov was given a solemn welcome outside the government building. He was welcomed by his host Dimitar Kovacevski. But when it came time to perform the Macedonian national anthem, the military orchestra performed only the first part but not the part that is problematic...

Macedonia 18.01.22 | 09:51

Zaev says he will not use state privileges, will be employed in family companies, but will use security

As of yesterday, the former Prime Minister Zoran Zaev has the right to use state privileges for as long as he has been in office, ie four and a half years. In a statement for the A1on news portal, he said that he would not use the right to monthly compensation, nor that to a car and driver. He says that...

Macedonia 18.01.22 | 09:29

VMRO-DPMNE: Maricic and Kovacevski have been distancing themselves from the Macedonians in Bulgaria since day one

The national humiliations continued on the first day of the government of the pawn Kovacevski as if led by Zoran Zaev, reacted VMRO-DPMNE. So both Maricic and Kovacevski dissociate themselves from the Macedonians in Bulgaria and say that they will not interfere in the minority rights in Bulgaria, while...

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