Category: Macedonia
Macedonia 14:40

MEPSO rejects star student, hires another relative of a politician instead

MEPSO, the publicly owned energy transportation company, rejected the application of a stellar Machinery Faculty student and hired the sister of Kreshnik Bekteshi, one of the richest ministers in Zaev’s Government. Aleksandar Gerasimovski was one of the best students at the Ss Cyril and Methodius...

Macedonia 14:34

Zaev says he will be the first to receive a bilingual “North Macedonia” passport

Zoran Zaev announced that he will likely be the first Macedonian citizen to receive a bilingual Macedonian – Albanian passport stating the name of the country as “North Macedonia”. In an interview with the primarily Albanian language Alsat TV, Zaev was using the name “North Macedonia”. He...

Macedonia 12:25

MINAreport: Ahmeti and Zaev near agreement to nominate Oliver Spasovski as their presidential candidate

According to the MINAreport news site, Zoran Zaev and Ali Ahmeti are close to agreement that Oliver Spasovski will be their consensual candidate for President at the upcoming elections in late April. The site reports that Ahmeti and Zaev had a meeting last night at which the main topic of discussion...

Macedonia 11:15

Albanian man who stabbed his wife to death in Austria was a violently jealous gambler and possibly an Islamist

Xhemail M., a 36 year old ethnic Albanian citizen from Macedonia who stabbed his 32 year old wife Zemira K. to death in the Austrian city of Tulln, was a gambler and violent spouse who was also interested in Islamist ideology, Austrian police informed. Yes, I wanted to kill her, Austrian police spokesman...

Macedonia 11:06

When Zaev says “nationality” it means one thing translated in Albanian and Greek and another in Macedonian

In an interview with Alsat TV, Prime Minister Zoran Zaev stated that the word “nationality” which in his deal with the Greeks is defined as “Macedonian/citizen of the Republic of North Macedonia”, refers only to citizenship and not to the ethnic background of the Macedonian citizens....

Macedonia 22:22

US official who pushed Macedonia to change its name resigns from the State Department

Wess Mitchell, the US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian affairs, best known in Macedonia for forcibly pushing the public to accept the deal with Greece to rename the country, has resigned from the State Department. Although Mitchell resigned via the Washington Post, a paper extremely...

Macedonia 22:03

Buckovski: Zaev will pay the price for what he did at the next elections

Former Prime Minister and SDSM leader Vlado Buckovski expects that Zoran Zaev will pay a heavy price at the upcoming presidential and possible early general elections. Buckovski said that he approves Zaev’s move to sign a treaty with Greece and rename Macedonia in exchange for joining NATO and...

Macedonia 21:49

Skopje mayor Silegov faces backlash over steep clinic parking fees again

Skopje mayor Petre Silegov apologized to the citizens for the second round of increases of the parking fees at the main Skopje Mother Teresa clinic. After sparking a protest of clinic employees, Silegov today faced angry comments from patients, who were forced to pay 70 denars (1.2 EUR) per hour of parking. We...

Macedonia 21:44

Woman hidden in the trunk of a car found at the Blace border crossing

Customs officers at the Blace border crossing towards Kosovo were shocked today when they found a 20 year old woman hidden in the trunk of a vehicle they stopped. The car had Macedonian license plates and was driven by a Macedonian citizen who was acting suspiciously during the crossing. At one point...

Macedonia 12:03

Terrorist informant Bekim Aliu brags he works as Zaev’s adviser – Government denies it

Macedonian citizens have become used to shocking information about people working for the SDSM Government, but having a terrorist employed there would still raise eyebrows. Bekim Aliu would not be the first, or likely the last, terrorist member of the NLA/UCK employed in the Government. In 2001, Aliu...

Macedonia 11:38

Investigation initiated in the prison beating of Cento

The Anti-Discrimination Commission initiated an investigation into the beating of political prisoner Jane Cento, who has been held for over a year in detention for speaking out and acting against the Zaev Government. Cento was attacked by a dozen prison guards last week, after, during a search and seizure...

Macedonia 21:20

Mickoski demands that a state of emergency is declared over the air pollution crisis

VMRO-DPMNE President Hristijan Mickoski demanded that the Government declares a state of emergency over the unprecedented levels of air pollution. The gray smog floating over Macedonia’s largest cities in the past weeks and especially days has panicked citizens and prompted the Government to prolong...

Macedonia 21:10

DUI calls for joint presidential candidate with SDSM, open for holding early general elections

Deputy Prime Minister in charge of European integration Bujar Osmani said that his DUI party will attempt to nominate a joint presidential candidate with its coalition partner SDSM. According to Osmani, it is time to have a “consensual candidate”, a concept which DUI represents like having...

Macedonia 20:57

Days after harassing her with the police, Macedonian Government wants critical law professor removed from the Venice Commission

Deputy Prime Minister Bujar Osmani demanded the removal of law professor Tanja Karakamiseva, who is an outspoken critic of the Zaev Government, from the Venice Commission. Even though it is an independent body which should operate free from control of any Government, Osmani insisted that the divisive...

Macedonia 16:28

After the “votes for amnesty” deal, prosecutor Ruskoska insists on trying the remaining defendants

Prosecutor Vilma Ruskoska, who is close to the ruling SDSM party, said that the court case against the remaining defendants charged over the April 2017 incident in the Parliament will resume with the same charges. Half of those charged, primarily the VMRO-DPMNE members of Parliament, already received...

Macedonia 16:21

Alliance of Albanians accuses top DUI official of running a fake university in Struga

The Alliance of Albanians, which is the leading challenger of the ruling DUI party, accused Struga mayor Ramiz Merko of running a fake university. According to Sela, the International private university in Struga, which he claims is run by Merko, is responsible for a series of violations. A year ago...

Macedonia 16:17

Sekerinska expects Macedonia to take its seat in NATO in a matter of weeks

Defense Minister Radmila Sekerinska said on Monday that Macedonia is “weeks away” from taking a seat in NATO. Meeting General Joseph Lengyel who heads the US National Guard Bureau, Sekerinska said that Macedonia fulfilled its obligations under the Prespa treaty and now expects that Greece...

Macedonia 14:08

Karakamiseva: Albanians make up less than 17 percent of Macedonia’s population

Due to the lack of reliable census results in Macedonia, law professor and political activist Tanja Karakamiseva published data on the number of total citizenships issued in the country. According to Karakamiseva, the results show that ethnic Albanians amount to less that 17 percent of the total population,...

Macedonia 13:56

Extreme levels of air pollution delay start of school year in four cities

Following the exceptionally high levels of air pollution, the Macedonian Government was forced to order public institutions and to ask private businesses to allow elderly employees, pregnant and sick employees to stay home. Concentrations of PM10 particles, emitted from burning wood and refuse for heat...

Macedonia 13:50

UN envoy Nimetz calls on Greece to ratify the Macedonia name deal

Macedonia name issue negotiator Matthew Nimetz called on Greece to ratify the deal under which Macedonia would be renamed into North Macedonia. The Macedonian Parliament already ratified the deal, after a number of members of Parliament were threatened with criminal charges, and despite President Ivanov’s...

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