Category: Macedonia
Macedonia 17.06.19 | 10:13

Zaev says he will replace up to eight ministers

Following the SDSM Central Committee meeting in Ohrid, Zoran Zaev announced that he will purge up to eight ministers and a number of lower level Government officials. SDSM also rotated well known party officials into the Executive Committee, with a few modest additions. Zaev defended the idea to backtrack...

Macedonia 17.06.19 | 10:04

Zaev runs away from early elections, says a few more months wait for EU accession talks are no big deal

Zoran Zaev retreated from his pledge to call for early elections after the loss of the promised June date to open accession talks. After the meeting of the Central Committee of his SDSM party, he announced that there will be no early elections. We decided to continue with the process of reconstruction...

Macedonia 16.06.19 | 21:47

On the anniversary of the Vatasa massacre, tenor Blagoj Nacoski calls on Bulgaria to apologize

As emotions run high between Macedonia and Bulgaria, as result of the work of the committee on historic affairs, Macedonian tenor Blagoj Nacoski posted a video of his rendition of the song The village of Vatasa is crying, dedicated to the 12 young Macedonians killed by Bulgarian soldiers in 1943, after...

Macedonia 16.06.19 | 21:36

Mickoski promises a Macedonian renewal

Speaking at the conference held in honor of the 29th anniversary of the founding of VMRO-DPMNE, party leader Hristiajn Mickoski pledged the renewal of Macedonia after, what he said, is a string of defeats and trading away of vital Macedonian national interests. After all the storms, all the troubles...

Macedonia 16.06.19 | 16:16

President Erdogan dreamed of building the Ali Pasha minaret in Ohrid, Turkish Ambassador says

Turkish Ambassador to Macedonia Tulin Erkal Kara said that the building of a minaret in downtown Ohrid was a dream come true for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who will himself come to visit the Ali Pasha mosque. The construction caused protests in Ohrid, with the town’s Christians worried that...

Macedonia 16.06.19 | 16:07

Message to Zaev: Please stop with the broken English

The cringe-worthy moment Zoran Zaev had during a conference in Austria yesterday, when in his Tarzan English he compared Europe to a sexy lady, sparked waves of expressions of embarrassment across the social media. Please don’t speak English any more. Please, I beg you, former Culture Minister...

Macedonia 16.06.19 | 12:17

Angry at the prospect of EU “decoupling” from Macedonia, some Albanians call for Greater Albania

The possibility that Macedonia will be allowed to open EU accession talks while Albania will be held back sparked angry reactions in Albania. Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama wrote a testy tweet aimed at Macedonian President Stevo Pendarovski, who openly endorsed the idea of “decoupling”...

Macedonia Sport 16.06.19 | 12:04

As Macedonia plays Greece, Zaev’s main goal is to avoid another embarrassment

This afternoon the Macedonian handball team hosts Greece in the final qualifier of the European Championship. Macedonia already secured its place in the championship, but a win or a draw will make Macedonia number one in the group, and avenge the defeat in Kozani in October. The game comes at a time...

Macedonia 16.06.19 | 11:32

SDSM holds a meeting of its Central Committee in Ohrid

SDSM holds a meeting of its Central Committee in Ohrid today, where the ruling party should elect its new party leadership, after more than 100 officials including deputy leaders were removed by Zoran Zaev. The changes in SDSM are part of the purge Zaev promised after the dismal results in the first...

Macedonia 16.06.19 | 11:27

VMRO-DPMNE marks 29 years since its founding

VMRO-DPMNE marks the 29th anniversary of its founding as a political party. In this honor, the largest party in Macedonia will hold an academy inthe Macedonian Philharmonics building beginning at 19h, where Hristijan Mickoski will address the party officials and guests.

Macedonia 15.06.19 | 20:52

Zaev tells European officials that EU should maintain its sex appeal toward Balkan countries

Zoran Zaev attended the Wachau Europe forum today in Austria, where he pushed EU officials to approve the opening of accession talks with Macedonia. Zaev’s most memorable statement from the conference was that “Europe need to remain more sexipil, sex appeal lady in the world to motivate us...

Macedonia 15.06.19 | 19:43

Gruevski dismisses Zaev’s latest story about his escape as just another attempt to divert attention

In a social media post, former Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski dismisses Zoran Zaev’s latest claims about the way in which he left Macedonia and went to Hungary to seek political asylum. Faced with the loss of the promised June accession date to open EU accession talks, Zaev reverted to the Gruevski...

Macedonia 15.06.19 | 19:15

Nikoloski: Macedonia lost two years because of Zaev and Osmani, we can’t waste any more time

VMRO-DPMNE deputy President Aleksandar Nikoloski warned against the option that the Zaev Government deliberately sabotages Macedonia’s EU accession, in order to help Albania. Macedonia is being denied a date to open EU accession talks for the second year in a row and that is the sad truth. Last...

Macedonia 15.06.19 | 19:05

Graffiti calling on Ali Ahmeti to relinquish power appear across Tetovo

Graffiti calling on Ali Ahmeti and his DUI party to leave power have appeared all across Tetovo, the city where DUI is centered. The most frequent message is Ali – ik, or Ali – go! DUI has been in power almost non-stop since 2002, when it transformed from the guerrilla movement that started...

Macedonia 15.06.19 | 15:43

Rama asks Pendarovski to remember who had him elected President, after he calls for the “decoupling” of Macedonia from Albania

Reuters reports that Macedonia will receive approval to open EU accession talks later this year, while Albania will be left out. This, and a comment from Macedonian President Stevo Pendarovski, sparked a bitter tweet from Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama. In an interview with Euractiv Pendarovski called...

Macedonia 15.06.19 | 15:28

French Ambassador asks Macedonia to do more work in the coming months

French Ambassador to Macedonia Christian Thimonier could not say whether or when France would approve a date for opening of accession talks after the failure to secure it in June and said that some more work needs to be done in the coming months. He specified that some good news could be expected by...

Macedonia 15.06.19 | 15:07

Macedonia Timeless website renamed after Greek objections

Just days after the two chief Greek political feuded over a tourism promotion campaign in Macedonia, the website was changed to reflect the imposed name “North Macedonia”. The popular campaign developed by the VMRO-DPMNE led Government was named Macedonia Timeless and it presented the natural...

Macedonia 15.06.19 | 15:01

VMRO-DPMNE blames Zaev of attempting to force a census without opposition approval

VMRO-DPMNE blames the Zaev Government of attempting to organize a census which will not take into account residency, but will include every citizen who was ever issued a citizenship number, including deceased and long term emigrants. Counting emigrants as residents is a key request of the Albanian parties...

Macedonia 15.06.19 | 10:56

Trial census being conducted in a dozen of municipalities

A dozen municipalities across Macedonia will conduct a trial census, in preparation of the controversial 2020 census. Citizens will be asked to fill in a number of questionnaires about their households, living and economic conditions, social and ethnic background. The trial will cover some of Skopje’s...

Macedonia 15.06.19 | 10:38

Sewage leak reported at one of lake Ohrid’s main beaches

Media from Ohrid are reporting that there is a crack in the sewage system near the St. Stefan beach, and raw sewage is leaking on the beach and into the lake. The pictures of the site are being shared just as the summer vacation season is kicking off. Ohrid faces the danger of losing its coveted World...

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