Category: Balkans
Balkans 23.12.20 | 11:16

Borisov boasts about giving coronavirus vaccines to Zaev

I have told PM Zoran Zaev, who has thanked us for assistance in procuring COVID-19 vaccines, that we’re always ready to help our closest neighbours and friends, Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov wrote in a Facebook post on Wednesday morning. The situation is really difficult and we should...

Balkans 16.12.20 | 19:21

Greece extends travel ban with Macedonia until January 7

Greece has extended the air, sea and land travel ban for neighboring countries, including Macedonia, as well as the ban for third-country nationals until January 7. Based on the joint ministerial decision of the Greek government adopted on December 12, 2020, a ban for foreign nationals entering Greece...

Balkans 15.12.20 | 20:02

PCR test required to enter Serbia

The Serbian government has adopted new COVID-19 measures that enter into force on December 20, relating to the entry of Serbian nationals and foreign citizens in the country. Considering the New Year and Christmas holidays, a traditionally higher frequency of people at all border crossings is expected....

Balkans 13.12.20 | 18:34

Karakachanov with new provocation: Macedonians can also call themselves Martians, will that mean that Tsar Samuil is from Mars?

Macedonians can also call themselves Martians, will that mean that Tsar Samuil is from Mars?, mocks Bulgaria’s Deputy Prime Minister Krasimir Karakachanov. Karakachanov stressed that the Bulgarian “no” to the negotiating framework is not final, but Macedonia must adhere to the implementation...

Balkans 10.12.20 | 12:16

Another provocation from Sofia: “May 24” has become a day of the Bulgarian alphabet

With the amendments to the Labor Law, the Bulgarian Parliament approved the renaming of the official name of the holiday of May 24th from Slavic Day to the day of the Bulgarian alphabet.

Balkans 09.12.20 | 15:16

Buckovski silent on Zaharieva’s insults: You’re building the nation and identity on anti-Bulgarian basis

The special negotiator of Zaev’s Government, Vlado Buckovski, met Wednesday in Sofia with the Bulgarian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ekaterina Zaharieva. Zaharieva reiterated her firm positions expressed previously in an interview with a Bulgarian television and stressed that what had been asked...

Macedonia Balkans 07.12.20 | 23:49

Shots fired as a major police raid is being conducted near Skopje

A major police operation is being conducted in the village of Aracinovo near Skopje. Official information is scarce, but witnesses are saying that a shoot-out occurred during the raid. According to unofficial reports, the police seized a large quantity of drugs, as well as weapons. Aracinovo, one of...

Balkans 07.12.20 | 12:10

Radev: Macedonia to recognize the historical truth, Bulgaria to defend its rights

Asked whether Bulgaria should defend its position on the Macedonian issue or give up in favor of Macedonia, Bulgarian President Rumen Radev said that “we should wait for emotions to calm down and arm ourselves with patience, calm and common sense,” BGNES reported. Our brothers from the Republic...

Balkans 07.12.20 | 09:45

Karakachanov asks media not to translate statements from Macedonian into Bulgarian

Krasimir Karakachanov urges the Bulgarian Electronic Media Council to stop the Bulgarian media from translating the statements of Macedonian politicians into Bulgarian. The interviews of the “people from Macedonia” should not be translated into Bulgarian, reads the letter of VMRO-BND to the...

Balkans 05.12.20 | 14:28

Bulgarian intellectuals: Unacceptable to deny Macedonian nation, language; green-light talks immediately

Bulgaria should stop attaching undue weight to history, immediately unblock the start of EU negotiations with Macedonia, and implement the Friendship Treaty by working toward a warmer climate of cooperation, Bulgarian intellectuals write in an open letter to Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov. Also...

Balkans 25.11.20 | 11:57

It is not just Bulgaria: Other EU countries also oppose start of Macedonia’s EU accession negotiations

Bulgarian Deputy Foreign Minister Georg Georgiev says his country is not the only one blocking Macedonia’s EU path, and that other countries such as France and the Netherlands have doubts about starting negotiations. At the moment, an image is being created that Bulgaria is the only EU country...

Balkans 23.11.20 | 14:40

New provocation: Karakachanov says all Macedonian governments, from the first day of the country’s existence, are not normal

The Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister today accused that Macedonia wants to stab Bulgaria in the back and that the Macedonian governments that have ruled the country since the first day of its existence are not normal. The tricks will not work for you in December, Karakachanov said in an interview with...

Balkans 20.11.20 | 08:43

Serbian Patriarch Irinej dies of Covid-19

Patriarch Irinej (Irineos), head of the Serbian Orthodox Church, died of Covid-19. It’s believed that he was infected during the mass funeral of Bishop Amphilohios in Montenegro. Born Miroslav Gavrilovic in 1930, Irinej was named Patriarch in 2010, after the death of his predecessor Patriarch Pavle.

Balkans 18.11.20 | 15:12

Borisov with a message to “brother” Zaev: Bulgaria’s position is not a position of stubbornness because there are issues that our people will not agree on

Today, the Prime Minister of Bulgaria Boyko Borisov told his “brother” Zoran Zaev that they will not abandon their positions and that there are issues on which the Bulgarian people will not agree. We have explained to them very carefully how far our compromises can go. For that purpose we...

Balkans 17.11.20 | 13:05

Zakharieva: Macedonia to have a place in the EU when it’s ready

The Bulgarian diplomacy cannot afford to pursue a policy of denigration of another country, which, unfortunately, we see pursued by Skopje. We are a member of the European Union, Bulgaria’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ekaterina Zakharieva, told BNT on Tuesday. The Republic...

Balkans 15.11.20 | 11:55

Zakharieva: Macedonia is not ready for EU accession talks

Macedonia is not ready to meet the conditions to start EU accession negotiations, Bulgarian Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zakharieva told television channel bTV on Sunday. According to her, Macedonia is not fully implementing the neighborhood agreement signed in 2017, the entire state policy is based on...

Balkans 11.11.20 | 13:45

Karakachanov with new provocation: Goce Delcev was a Bulgarian teacher, a Bulgarian officer who died for the Bulgarian people

Goce Delcev was a Bulgarian teacher, a Bulgarian officer who died for the Bulgarian people, and not for some invented one in the laboratories of the Comintern, these are the words of the Bulgarian Minister of Defense Krasimir Karakachanov, who after a meeting with the Macedonian delegation in Sofia,...

Balkans 10.11.20 | 10:47

Zaharieva calls on Dimitrov and Zaev to read the Good Neighborhood Agreement

Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev is set to meet with Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov in Sofia, confirmed Bulgarian Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva. She announced that she would propose to the two prime ministers to convene the Intergovernmental Commission for the Implementation of the...

Balkans 09.11.20 | 18:08

Hashim Thaci pleads not guilty

Kosovan President and former warlord Hashim Thaci pled not guilty on the war crimes charge put forward by a special tribunal in the Hague. Thaci is charged with unlawful detention and killing of almost 100 people, Serbs and other non-Albanians as well as Albanians, in the run up to and during the 1999...

Balkans 09.11.20 | 10:04

Greece extends travel ban with Macedonia until November 30

Greece has extended the air, sea and land travel ban for neighboring countries, including Macedonia, as well as the ban for third-country nationals until November 30. Tourists and foreign nationals who are allowed to travel there can enter Greece by crossing the Promachonas border with Bulgaria after...