Category: News
Macedonia 11:56

VMRO deputy leader Nikoloski meets with State Departement, IRI and Heritage representatives

VMRO-DPMNE Deputy President Aleksandar Nikoloski continues with his meetings in Washington D.C., where he attended the National Prayer Breakfast. Nikoloski met with Heritage Foundation official Luke Coffey, Matthew Palmer from the State Depatment and International Republic Institute representatives Paul...

Macedonia 11:45

Zaev’s Government now expected to begin imposing the name “Republic of North Macedonia”

With the ratification of the Macedonian NATO accession protocol in the Greek Parliament, the ball is again in the Macedonian court as the country now has to begin implementing the first stages of the renaming process. It’s expected that within a week Macedonia will have to replace signs in front...

Balkans 11:28

Foreign Minister Zaharieva hopes Bulgarian Parliament will ratify Macedonian NATO accession as early as next week

Bulgarian Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva announced that the Bulgarian Parliament may ratify Macedonia’s NATO accession protocol as early as next week. The Greek Parliament ratified the protocol on Friday evening, as provided among the few Greek obligations in the Prespa treaty. It is in Bulgaria’s...

Macedonia 11:19

Mickoski sees retreat with NDI as move to restore friendship and cooperation

VMRO-DPMNE leader Hristijan Mickoski opened the weekend retreat in Struga which the party holds along with the National Democratic Institute from the United States, and which is attended by the top VMRO leadership. Mickoski said that the party will work with its US partners to become a powerful corrective...

Macedonia 11:01

President Ivanov meets with President Erdogan in Istanbul

Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov met with Turkish President Redzep Tayyip Erdogan in Istanbul. President Ivanov’s office said that the two leaders discussed the high level of bilateral cooperation between Macedonia and Turkey, and the current events in both countries such as the upcoming presidential...

Culture 10:36

Zaev says he will redistribute culture funding after major shift toward Albanian projects

Following public outrage, Zoran Zaev went on TV on Friday evening to promise that parts of the Culture Ministry program for 2019 will be withdrawn and funding priorities re-assessed. The Ministry, led by Asaf Ademi from the ethnic Albanian BESA party, cut funding for some of the best known cultural events...

Macedonia 22:21

Despite Zaev’s assurances, NATO likely to use the flag emoji instead of “Macedonian” for a while

After the humiliating display on Wednesday’s accession protocol signing ceremony, when NATO used the Macedonian flag emoji to refer to the Macedonian language, when all other languages were listed by name, Prime Minister Zoran Zaev assured the public that he has been in touch with NATO and that...

Macedonia 22:05

Government awards 1.2 million EUR to Albanians charged with mine attack which killed a Macedonian and two Polish soldiers

The Government approved 1.2 million EUR in damages, or 200.000 EUR for each of the six ethnic Albanian defendants charged with planting a land mine which killed an ethnic Macedonian civilian and two Polish soldiers in the village of Sopot near Kumanovo in 2003. Those charged were members of the Albanian...

Balkans 21:18

Greek Parliament approves Macedonian NATO accession protocol

Greek Parliament ratified the Macedonian NATO accession protocol this evening, wtih 153 votes in favor. It was the same margin with which the socialist Tsipras Government ratified the Prespa treaty, under which Macedonia is supposed to change its name into North Macedonia, while Greece undertakes to...

Macedonia 20:46

Car owned by VMRO-DPMNE activist in Karpos torched overnight

The vehicle of an opposition VMRO-DPMNE party activist from Skopje’s central Karpos area was torched yesterday evening. The opposition party condemned the attack and sees it as intimidation in the run up to the presidential elections. The electoral process still hasn’t begun and you see what...

Culture 20:25

Culture Minister Ademi will fund a grand opera about Albanian national hero Skenderbeg, while cutting Macedonian cultural projects

Along with the scandalous move to slash funding of Macedonian cultural events but boost it for Albanian events, the Culture Ministry plans to spend 6.5 million denars on a nationalist pet project by Minister Asaf Ademi. The Skenderbeg play opera will celebrate Albanian national hero Georg Kastrioti Skendebeg,...

Macedonia 19:23

Mickoski: I warned members of the European Parliament about Zaev’s attempts to steal the presidential election

During my recent visit to Brussels, for the political assembly of the European People’s Party, I warned the members of European Parliament about the difficult situation in Macedonia and the attempts of the Zoran Zaev Government to rig the coming presidential elections. I met with a number of European...

Macedonia 18:59

First round of presidential elections scheduled for April 21st, second on May 5th

The first round of the presidential elections will be held on April 21st, Speaker Talat Xhaferi decided on Friday. If no candidate wins outright, the second round will be held two weeks later, on May 5th. Along with the presidential elections, two rounds of municipal elections will be held – for...

Macedonia 18:53

Mickoski: VMRO preparing a program and a vision to drive Macedonia forward

VMRO-DPMNE leader Hristijan Mickoski said that the party sees the coming presidential, and likely early general elections as a way to help the country move forward from the nearly three decades of divisions and away from the “political swamp”. Mickoski was speaking on Friday at the opening...

Macedonia 17:21

His brother’s keeper: Speaker Xhaferi gets his brother in law appointed to the Anti-Corruption Commission

Macedonia has been without the key Anti-Corruption Commission for almost a year after its members were pushed to resign after being called out by US Ambassador Jess Baily. The Commission is charged with following property changes and business ties of public officials and can recommend criminal investigations...

Culture 16:36

Culture Ministry cuts funding for some of the best known events, diverts money to Albanian cultural projects

The Culture Ministry decided to cut its financial support for some of the best known cultural events such as the Skopje Jazz Festival and its spin-off, the Off Fest festival. This decision caused outrage in the public, and even some of the Government appointed culture committee members voiced their condemnation. We...

Balkans 16:08

Karakachanov: Macedonia to fulfill its obligations under the agreement with Bulgaria

Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Krasimir Karakachanov said that if North Macedonia wants to become a full member of NATO and the European Union must fulfill the commitments it has made in the agreements with Bulgaria and Greece, Bulgarian media report. In a statement for the Bulgarian...

Balkans 15:50

Greek Parliament set to vote on Macedonia’s NATO protocol

Greek lawmakers are set Friday to approve Macedonia’s NATO accession. Greek opposition parties reject the move, arguing that the name deal, which will end a 27-year dispute, concedes too much to Macedonia. But the left-led government in Athens controls enough seats in parliament to win the vote,...

Macedonia 15:43

Zaev writes to NATO: Use “Macedonian language”

Prime Minister Zoran Zaev said Friday NATO has been asked to make a correction regarding the omission of term ‘Macedonian language’ at its website. “International institutions recognize the Macedonian language and identity and I believe that with the note we sent it will be corrected....

World 15:21

Poland’s former prime minister Olszewski dies at 88

Poland’s former prime minister Jan Olszewski died in a Warsaw military hospital late on Thursday, state television reported on Twitter, Reuters reports. Olszewski, 88, was the third premier after the collapse of communism in 1989 and served as head of the government for six months from December 1991...

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