Category: Balkans
Balkans 04.11.22 | 11:06

Bulgaria’s MFA expresses concern that “Tsar Boris and Vanco Mihajlov” may be closed

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) of Bulgaria expressed concern through a statement that the amendments to the laws on associations and foundations and on political parties in Macedonia limit the right of association of Bulgarians in the country because there is a one-sided interpretation of historical...

Balkans 19.10.22 | 13:04

Several of the members of the Council of Blagoevgrad who banned the opening of the “Nikola Vapcarov” club are Macedonians

The organization of Macedonians in Bulgaria reacted to the decision to close the “Nikola Vapcarov” club. OMO Ilinden-Pirin says that the name of Vapcarov cannot be a provocation and mentions that several of the councilors in Blagoevgrad who voted against opening the club are hidden Macedonians. If...

Balkans 17.10.22 | 19:08

Serbia has a strategic interest in building an oil pipeline to Macedonia, Greece and Albania, as well as to Hungary

Serbian Deputy PM and Minister of Mining and Energy Zorana Mihajlovic said Monday it is important for the country to construct an oil pipeline leading to the Mediterranean, namely to ports In Albania and Greece, but also to link up with Hungary, MIA reports from Belgrade. It is strategically important...

Balkans 07.10.22 | 12:45

Eurostat: Coffee prices surge, morning staple almost a luxury

A mug of coffee, a daily routine for many, costs Macedonian citizens 18.3% higher than a year earlier. The price of coffee in the EU was 16.9% higher, show Eurostat data for August 2022, compared to the same month last year. For those who drink their coffee with milk or sugar, this morning ritual can...

Balkans 02.10.22 | 23:02

The arrest attempt backfired as Borisov wins comfortable victory in the latest Bulgarian election

The right wing GERB party of Boyko Borisov scored a comfortable victory at the latest early general elections in Bulgaria. Borisov won 25.5 percent of the vote, against 19.9 percent for the recently formed liberal PP party which briefly ruled the country and secured a new set of concessions from Macedonia. The...

Balkans 28.09.22 | 21:30

French ambassador in Sofia: Without Bulgarians in the Constitution, Macedonia will not join the EU

Florence Robin, the French ambassador in Sofia, in an interview with “Sega” daily, gave her analysis of the situation with Bulgarian citizens in Macedonia. As she says, without Bulgarians in the Constitution, Macedonia will not become a member of the EU. We gave European guarantees that including...

Balkans 22.09.22 | 11:12

What were Raskovski and Koluvija discussing in a Nis restaurant?

In its report from the village of Rosoman, TV “N1” reports about marijuana plantations, connections with the controversial Serbian tycoon Predrag Koluvija, and meetings with Raskovski in the Serbian “Mrak” restaurant in Nis. The attention of the public was attracted by BIRN’s...

Balkans 21.09.22 | 20:15

Professor Kjosev from Sofia: The Macedonian language is a literary language, a language of beautiful poetry, with its own tradition

There is no doubt that the Macedonian language is literary, not a dialect, and the history of the Macedonian language does not begin with the Comintern. Those who claim that the Macedonian language is artificial must be told that the Bulgarian language is also an artificial construction and was created...

Balkans 20.09.22 | 17:44

Dimitrov: Macedonia shows no preparedness to change, they only refer to the anti-Bulgarian propaganda after 1944

There’s no readiness for any change to be made whatsoever in Macedonia, Angel Dimitrov, the co-chair of the Bulgaria-Macedonia joint commission on historical and educational issues, has stated. On the agenda of the last meeting of the joint commission that was held in Skopje were history textbooks...

Balkans 16.09.22 | 13:16

Vucic presents Orban with the Order of the Republic of Serbia

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán arrived in Belgrade, where he met with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic. Vucic presented Orban with the Order of the Republic of Serbia on a large necklace for exceptional merits in the development and strengthening of peaceful cooperation and friendly relations...

Balkans 15.09.22 | 11:54

Hungary’s Prime Minister will receive the highest order of the Republic of Serbia: Vucic revealed what Orbán told him about the EU

The President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vucic, said today that he does not adore the EU, but that he does not think it is a good idea for Serbia to get off the “European road”. Believe me, I know what they are doing to us. And you do not know what I heard and said in the meetings with them. Think...

Balkans 14.09.22 | 21:24

Bulgarian MFA: Referendum against the Good Neighbor Agreement is not possible in Macedonia

The referendum initiative against the Agreement with the Bulgarians will not prevent the fulfillment of the obligations undertaken by Skopje, because Talat Xhaferi rejected it as unconstitutional, said Bulgarian Deputy Minister Kostadin Kodzhabashev. From this point of view, at the moment we do not think...

Balkans 12.09.22 | 21:40

What will Spasovski say to this? A never-before-seen photo of the arrest of Vukotic with a Macedonian passport has appeared

A never-before-seen photo of the arrest of the now murdered leader of the Skaljarski gang, Jovica Vukotic, has appeared. The event took place in the summer and in 2018 after his arrest in Turkey and is connected to Macedonia. The photo of Vukotic is taken immediately after the arrest with a Macedonian...

Balkans 06.09.22 | 19:50

During the negotiations with Bulgaria, the Macedonian team in the joint history commission behaved as if it were in a market

Macedonia’s recommendations for Bulgarian textbooks are largely meaningless and we can accept them without any problem. Simply, the colleagues tried to present something against our requests, regardless of what it was about, reads a text published on “24 casa” by the member of the Bulgarian...

Balkans 02.09.22 | 21:01

Bulgaria confirmed that the condition for starting negotiations is to accept that we have a common history

A condition for the Bulgarian government to support the opening and closing of chapters with the European Union is that Macedonia fully implements the provisions of the 2017 Treaty, where historical issues play a very important part, says the new Bulgarian Ambassador to the United States, Georgi Panayotov. Asked...

Balkans 01.09.22 | 22:43

Vucic explained on blackboard how he saved Serbia from bankruptcy and why the purchased gas is stored in Hungary

The President of Serbia Aleksandar Vucic explained to the citizens with a blackboard and chalk the amount of gas consumption and how much the state will save by buying gas at a cheaper price and storing it in Hungary. Imagine what would have happened if we bought at today’s prices. Fortunately,...

Balkans 30.08.22 | 10:02

Bulgaria’s Prosecutor General Office asks Macedonian counterparts for further questioning of survivors and relatives of victims in Struma bus crash

Spokesperson of Bulgaria’s Prosecutor General Office, Siika Mileva, said the preliminary investigation into the bus crash on the Struma highway that killed 46 people has stopped. According to MIA’s Sofia correspondent, Mileva told BNT the reason for this is because Bulgarian prosecutors have asked...

Balkans 29.08.22 | 22:11

Bulgaria will not be able to abuse the membership: The German Chancellor announces cancellation of the right of veto in the EU

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz says that he is committed to the expansion of the EU with the six countries from the Western Balkans, as well as with Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia, which would move the center of Europe to the east. EU enlargement is in our interest, Scholz said in a speech at a university...

Balkans 18.08.22 | 21:26

Kosovo-Serbia crisis talks in Brussels end without breakthrough

Leaders of Kosovo and Serbia failed to find a solution at a crisis meeting held in Brussels on Thursday to ease heightened tensions between the two Western Balkan nations. “Today there is not an agreement, but we don’t give up,” said Josep Borrell, EU foreign policy chief, who called the meeting...

Balkans 16.08.22 | 11:21

Bulgarian historians have declared victory: Tsar Samuil and Cyril and Methodius are of Bulgarian origin, Goce Delcev and Miladinov brothers are next to be recognized

The two-year battle to defend the Bulgarian position in the history disputes with Macedonia has reached its first victory, said the Bulgarian National Circle “For Macedonia”, a platform in which Bulgarian professors – historians and linguists are members, Deutsche Welle reports. Victory...

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