Category: Macedonia
Macedonia 24.09.20 | 18:44

Muhamed Zeqiri to be the new director of the Health Insurance Fund

Muhamed Zeqiri will be the new director of the Health Insurance Fund, Fokus has unofficially learned. According to the media outlet, the final deals are expected to be finalized next week. He will succeed the current acting director, Mile Sugarev, who came to this position a few months ago after Dan...

Macedonia 24.09.20 | 18:21

Two patients die, 152 new coronavirus cases registered in the country

Out of 1,630 COVID-19 tests carried out in the past 24 hours, 152 new cases were registered. Also, there were two fatalities and 126 patients who have recovered, said the Health Ministry on Thursday. Most of the new cases were registered in Skopje-58, followed by Strumica-14, Kocani-18, Kumanovo-5, Debar-2,...

Macedonia 24.09.20 | 17:22

SONK: If teachers do not have adequate working conditions, school year will not start on October 1

A large part of the schools have not provided technical means for attending online classes, shows the analysis made by the Trade Union for Education and Science-SONK, but the competent ministry says that all necessary preparations are being made for a successful start of the school year from October...

Macedonia 24.09.20 | 16:42

The government is considering increasing the fine amount for not wearing face masks

The Government is considering whether to increase the fine amount for not wearing face masks against CKOVID-19, the workload of the police in that direction has increased and there will be more controls in restaurants and gatherings of citizens, the Minister of Interior Oliver Spasovski informed on Thursday. The...

Macedonia 24.09.20 | 16:30

Sekerinska about “friendly Bulgaria”: We expect our allies to be of help

We expect our allies, including our friend Bulgaria, to be of help rather than not to be of any help, Defence Minister Radmila Sekerinska said Thursday in response to a statement by her Bulgarian counterpart Krasimir Karakachanov that Bulgaria is not against, but believes it is not the time to hold an...

Macedonia 24.09.20 | 15:34

Song about the fall of the Archbishopric of Ohric censored in order not to offend the Greeks

An epic song by Grigor Prlicev about the fall of the Archbishopric of Ohrid was modified for the concert held to celebrate the millennium of the founding of the St. John Bigorski monastery. Durign the event, which was attended by top state and church officials, the song, named simply “1762”,...

Macedonia 24.09.20 | 15:11

“Honeyland” star Atidze Muratova blacked out during an event in Skopje

Atidze Muratova, the star of the Oscar nominated “Honeyland” movie, collapsed today during the opening of a honey festival in Skopje. Muratova was invited as a guest of honor, for the work she did to promote Macedonia internationally, with the movie that presented her hard-scrabble work as...

Macedonia 24.09.20 | 15:07

Shocking video shows brutal police attack on a Roma man

A Roma rights organization posted a video showing police brutally attacking a Roma man, who is thrown to the ground and one officer slaps and kicks him while he is down. Полициска бруталност врз Ромите РОМИТЕ НЕ СЕ ГРАЃАНИ ОД ВТОР РЕД! #МожетеПовеќеМожетеПолошоУжаснати...

Macedonia 24.09.20 | 15:00

Sekerinska responds to Karakacanov, says that his comment is “not helpful”

Macedonian Defense Minister Radmila Sekerinska responded to the announcement from her Bulgarian counterpart Krasimiar Karakacanov that Bulgaria will postpone the opening of EU accession talks for Macedonia as not enough concession have been made on national identity issues. Sekerinska said that Karakacanov’s...

Macedonia 24.09.20 | 13:54

Karakacanov says Bulgaria will act to postpone the opening of EU accession talks with Macedonia

Nationalist Defense Minister Krasimir Karakacnov said that Bulgaria will move to postpone the opening of EU accession talks with Macedonia, as the country still hasn’t delivered on the demanded concessions. Bulgaria wants Macedonia to agree to a new reading of history under which legendary VMRO...

Macedonia 24.09.20 | 13:42

Final statements in the Centar trial postponed after the prosecution moved to protect one of the defendants

Judge Dusko Josifovski agreed to postpone the final statement from defendant Mile Janakieski in the 2013 Centar protests trial today. The decision came after prosecutor Fatime Fetai dropped all charges against one of the defendants – former member of Parliament Daniela Rangelova, a move that comes...

Macedonia 24.09.20 | 13:33

VMRO has four demands that will restore the rule of law in Macedonia

We refuse to spend our lives waiting for justice, we’ve been doing that for 30 years, said VMRO-DPMNE leader Hristijan Mickoski during the large protest march the party held yesterday evening. Protesters streamed from the Justice Ministry to the Skopje courthouse, chanting against the numerous...

Macedonia 24.09.20 | 12:07

Charges dropped against SDSM’s “favorite opposition member”

Fatime Fetai, prosecutor from the now disbanded SPO unit, announced today that she is withdrawing the charges against former VMRO-DPMNE member of Parliament Daniela Rangelova. Rangelova was charged along with former Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski and former Minister Mile Janakieski in one of the cases...

Macedonia 24.09.20 | 12:01

Cvetanova: No negotiations about the Macedonian nation and language

Former Culture Minister Ganka Cvetanova called on the Government to all negotiations about the uniqueness of the Macedonian national identity. The Zaev Government is facing a memorandum that Bulgaria is linking to the opening of EU accession talks with Macedonia, which, among other issues, declares the...

Macedonia 24.09.20 | 11:56

Nikoloski: Zaev will not silence VMRO-DPMNE

Zoran Zaev will not silence me, said VMRO-DPMNE Vice President Aleksandar Nikoloski, who appeared before the court today in a slander case that Prime Minister Zaev initiated against him. Zaev reacted after Nikoloski accused him of direct involvement in the major Racket scandal, which he said led to extortion...

Macedonia 24.09.20 | 10:42

Parliament appoints the new deputy ministers

The Macedonian Parliament voted 62 to 44 yesterday to approve the nominees for deputy ministera. The SDSM – DUI – BESA coalition had its entire majority behind the proposals which include mainly ethnic Albanian candidates seconding for ethnic Macedonian ministers. Baskim Hasani is named deputy...

Macedonia 24.09.20 | 10:20

Only four high schools allowed to conduct in-person classes

Only four high schools received approval from the Education Ministry to conduct in-person education, based on their readiness to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Two of the schools are in Skopje and they accomodate students with disabilities or visual impairment. Another is the privately ran International...

Macedonia 24.09.20 | 10:13

Final statements in one of Katica Janeva’s cases against VMRO

At the Skopje court, the final statements in the trial over the 2013 protests in front of the Centar municipality will take place today. The trial is one of the cases initiated by disgraced former Special Prosecutor Katica Janeva meant to degrade the then ruling VMRO-DPMNE party. Besides then VMRO leader...

Macedonia 24.09.20 | 09:45

Zaev suing Nikoloski for slander over the Racket scandal allegations

Prime Minister Zoran Zaev is pressing charges against VMRO-DPMNE Vice President Aleksandar Nikoloski, over his allegation that Zaev is at the helm of the major Racket scandal. People very close to Zaev, such as disgraced former Special Prosecutor Katica Janeva, were sentenced for extortion of 1.5 millon...

Macedonia 23.09.20 | 22:24

Mickoski: The battle will be difficult, but in the end the people will defeat the mafia and justice will come!

There will be more of us, we should not be discouraged. The battle will be difficult, but I assure you that in the end the people will defeat the mafia and justice will come and the sun will shine brightly for everyone in our country, the leader of VMRO-DPMNE Hristijan Mickoski wrote on Facebook, following...

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