Category: News
Macedonia 22:38

Justice Minister Deskoska supports holding early general elections in April

Justice Minister Renata Deskoska says that her SDSM party should accept holding early general elections along with the presidential scheduled in spring. Deskoska is the first high ranking SDSM official who accepted the initiative from the opposition VMRO-DPMNE party to call for early general elections. Her...

Macedonia 22:34

Zaev’s main attack journalist accused of assaulting his wife

Police had to intervene to separate one of the leading media supporters of Zoran Zaev and his SDSM party, Sashe Ivanovski, from his wife during a heated argument on Thursday evening in which knives were also involved. The couple’s five year old son witnessed the fight and was extremely disturbed...

Macedonia 22:22

President Ivanov: We must not question the right of the Macedonian people to exist

Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov held a reception for the diplomatic corps in Skopje, telling them that he would not change a single word of his criticism of the developments in Macedonia which he expressed in the United Nations General Assembly and in his latest speech before the Parliament. At the...

Macedonia 15:20

Prominent critic of the Government Tanja Karakamiseva harassed by the police

Law professor and prominent Government critic Tanja Karakamiseva informed that she was ordered to report to a police station by three uniformed police officers who arrived at her house and scared her children. The order came after the Helsinki Committee, a pro-Government organization, filed a proposal...

News 14:46

Hahn should mind his own business, Gruevski is a legal issue, not a political one

The Immigration and Citizenship Service is an independent body and the Hungarian Government cannot influence its decisions. Former Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski has passed the asylum procedure and the immigration service decided to issue a positive solution, Peter Szijjarto, Hungary’s...

Balkans 13:14

Serbian leg of Turkish Stream will be finished in 2019

The construction of the Serbian leg of the Turkish Stream gas pipeline will have been completed by the end of 2019 – CEO of Gazprom, Alexei Miller has said, adding that the Serbian segment will be 403 kilometres long. “The pipeline will cross the Serbian-Bulgarian border and go all the way up to...

Economy 12:26

Protest at one of Skopje’s largest markets

The Green Market, one of the largest farmers markers in Skopje, was closed today due to a protest against the new law introducing additional costs for operating in the market, as well as banning retirees from working there. We already pay 20.000 denars in taxes every year in order to able to work here....

Macedonia 12:13

Orthodox faithful prepare for the Epiphany cross ceremony

Across Macedonia, Orthodox Christian faithful are preparing for the Epiphany (Vodici) celebration on Saturday, when men jump into the local rivers and lakes to retrieve the holy cross. Some 140 participants announced they will jump for the cross in Skopje alone, where traditionally Archbishop Stefan...

Macedonia 12:08

Macedonian Government spokesmen divided along ethnic lines over effects of the Albanian language law

Macedonian Government spokesman Muhamed Hoxha told reporters that the law on the use of the Albanian language will certainly mean hiring additional public sector employees to translate and communicate with citizens in Albanian, beyond the constitutional framework which provides that minority languages...

Balkans 12:07

Every Greek to get a copy of the Prespa Agreement

The Greek government will convince the Greeks that they have reached a good agreement with Macedonia so that every Greek will receive a copy of the Prespa Agreement and be able to analyze it in peace. Tsipras’ Government will print tens of thousands of copies of the agreement on normalizing relations...

World 11:52

Swedish Social Democrat leader Lofven confirmed as PM, challenges ahead

Sweden’s parliament voted on Friday to give Social Democrat leader Stefan Lofven a second term in office, ending more than four months of deadlock after an inconclusive election, Reuters reports. Lofven agreed an historic deal with the Centre, Liberal and Green parties last week, bringing together...

World 11:47

US backs NATO ‘100%’ but allies must ‘step up’, says Trump

President Donald Trump said Thursday the United States is fully committed to NATO but repeated his insistence that other members pay more for their own security, AFP reports. “We will be with NATO 100 percent, but as I told the countries, you have to step up and you have to pay,” Trump said in a...

Macedonia 11:46

“Nationality” means one thing in Macedonia and something entirely different in Greece

In its note sent to Athens, the Macedonian Foreign Ministry assures the Greek Ministry that “the term ‘nationality’ of the Second Party defined in Article 1 (3) (b) of the Agreement as ‘Macedonian/citizen of the Republic of North Macedonia’, refers exclusively to citizenship...

World 11:11

EU states breaching rule of law could lose funds: Parliament

European Union countries that undermine the bloc’s democratic principles could lose EU funds, under a draft law backed by the European Parliament on Thursday, AFP reports. The bill is seen as a new tool to fight threats to the independence of the courts and corruption in countries like Poland, Hungary...

Culture 10:48

Tosca in Macedonian Opera and Ballet

Opera Tosca by Giacomo Puccini, directed by Bulgaria’s Ognyan Draganov will be performed in the Macedonian Opera and Ballet (MOB) on Friday. Conductor: Ivan Kozhuharov (Bulgaria) Director: Ognjan Draganov (Bulgaria) Ass. Director: Trajko Jordanovski Set design: Zoran Nikolovski Costume design: Marija...

Balkans 10:26

Dacic sang two songs to Putin during formal lunch

Serbia’s president, Aleksandar Vucic hosted a formal lunch for Vladimir Putin, which was attended by more than 100 officials of the two countries and public figures including film director Emir Kusturica and actor Milos Bikovic. Serbia’s Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic did not miss the opportunity...

Balkans 09:49

120,000 Serbs welcome Putin in Belgrade (video)

Russian President Vladimir Putin finished his one-day visit to Serbia on Wednesday evening with a visit to the Temple of St. Sava in Belgrade, b92.net reported. A huge crowd of people, estimated by police to be about 120,000 strong, gathered in front of this Serbian Orthodox church to welcome him,...

Balkans 09:34

Serbian leader presents Putin with Sarplaninac puppy during Belgrade visit

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic has presented a special gift – a Sarplaninac (or Yugoslavian Shepherd) puppy – to his visiting Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, TASS reported. Putin seemed to like his new pet, the four-month puppy nicknamed Pasha. “What a cutie!,” he said...

Balkans 09:30

Vladimir Putin gets lavish welcome on visit to ally Serbia

Amid a lavish welcome, Vladimir Putin arrived in Serbia on Thursday in a show of the Russian president’s support for the Balkan country’s populist leader and his pro-Moscow policies, AP reported. Putin landed at Belgrade airport after his presidential plane was escorted over Serbian airspace by MiG-29...

Macedonia 21:04

Mickoski meets with coalition partners to jointly demand early general elections

VMRO-DPMNE leader Hristijan Mickoski met today with the leaders of the smaller parties in the VMRO lead coalition For a Better Macedonia to underline the request for early general elections which would be held along with the presidential elections in late April. Mickoski and the other leaders raised...

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