Category: News
Balkans 16:54

Vucic: If I had lost in a referendum as Zaev, I would resign

Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vucic said in an interview with TV Happy that there is no solution for Kosovo and Metohija if it is not accepted by the majority of Serbs, Tanjug reports. He added that no solution is currently being discussed because there are no talks between Belgrade and Pristina. “I...

World 16:29

Paris to sue Airbnb over ‘illegal ads’

The city of Paris is suing Airbnb for €12.5m (£11m) over 1,000 adverts for what it says are illegal rentals, BBC reported. Homeowners in the city can rent out their properties for only 120 days per year. They must register themselves as a business and display their registration number on any advertising. Under...

Macedonia 15:44

Zaev: I don’t believe that the EU is falling apart, I see it as stronger than ever

During his remarks at the NATO flag raising ceremony in front of the Macedonian Government, Zoran Zaev said that he rejects claims that the European Union is disintegrating. Zaev said that Macedonia, which he referred to “our country” or the “European Republic of North Macedonia”,...

Macedonia 15:09

Nepotism watch: “Mira Diesel” had her hired brother in the same company where she landed her son

VMRO-DPMNE today revealed that the scandal plagued SDSM member of Parliament Mira Stojcevska hired not only her son, but also her brother in the state run ELEM energy company. Stojcevska yesterday denied knowing that her son Viktor ever applied for the coveted post in ELEM, and that she didn’t...

World 14:43

Madrid: Trial of 12 Catalan independence leaders begins

The trial of Catalan separatist leaders began in Madrid on Tuesday, with 12 politicians charged with the attempted declaration of independence from Spain in 2017. Catalan independence supporters protested in front of the court with signs declaring the 12 to be political prisoners. Spanish nationalist...

Macedonia 14:13

President Ivanov’s office received an invitation for the NATO ceremony only after it was over

Dispute arose between President Gjorge Ivanov and the Government, over whether the President was invited to the NATO flag raising ceremony on Tuesday. The President’s office informed that the Government did not invite him and this is the reason why he was not there during the ceremony. Government...

Culture 14:03

Culture Ministry will give money to the “Zlatno Slavejce” festival, but not to the other events that were cut from its program

The Culture Ministry acknowledged its error in cutting public funding for the “Zlatno Slavejce” festival of children’s music, but remains in its decision to reject requests from the Skopje Jazz Festival, Off Fest, Avalon production concerts and the Pece Atanasovski festival of folk...

Macedonia 13:49

Telma: Newly founded company close to Mayor Dudus is winning all major contracts in Shuto Orizari

The municipality of Shuto Orizari has signed significant contracts for public works with a company which was founded only recently, by a close friend of Mayor Kurto Dudus. The “Abe Bilding DOOEL” company was founded by Ahmed Adem in May 2018, half a year after Dudus was elected Mayor of Macedonia’s...

Macedonia 12:44

Sela: Partisan driven hiring in the healthcare system is pushing young doctors to leave the country

Alliance of Albanians leader Ziadin Sela claims that young doctors are leaving Macedonia in droves, and he blamed the nepotistic hiring practices in the Macedonian healthcare system as one of the reasons why young specialists look to go abroad. With every new round of hirings, all hope is being destroyed...

Macedonia 12:09

Zaev raises NATO flag in front of the now nameless Government building

Zoran Zaev declared that Macedonia is moving fast toward NATO and the European Union at a NATO flag raising ceremony in front of the Government building. We raise the NATO flag, which determines our destiny, along with the EU flag. It is not just symbolism, it is reality, a new page in our history, Zaev...

Macedonia 11:39

City authorities forced to clean up student campus after photo of trash heap goes viral

The shocking sight of garbage strewn around the Pelagonija student campus building in Skopje prompted city authorities to finally clean up the area. The garbage was seemingly thrown by the students themselves, who would simply throw their trash bags from the windows of their rooms. After a picture was...

Macedonia 11:24

Nepotism watch: “Mira Diesel” denies knowing her son applied for a state job

Mira Stojcevska, SDSM member of Parliament who found herself in hot water again over corruption and nepotism, claims that she had no idea her son applied for a job at the public ELEM company. Stojcevska earned the nickname “Mira Diesel” after it was revealed that she has collected 12.000...

Macedonia 11:08

Bakoyannis: I will use “North Macedonia” but I will not call them “Macedonians”

Former Greek Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis, who was instrumental in blocking Macedonia’s NATO membership in 2008, said that she will refer to the country as “Republic of North Macedonia” in the future, but will not use the term “Macedonian” to describe Macedonians. I...

Macedonia 10:38

O2 Initiative: We suffer more air pollution than we had in 2010 or 2012

A report by the O2 Initiative, which raises awareness about the air pollution crisis in Macedonia, finds that the problem has gone much worse than only 8 or 9 nine years ago. The report compares publicly available data on air pollution and concentration of PM10 particles in the air and finds that pollution...

Macedonia 10:06

Vladimir Gjorcev meets VMRO supporters in Skopje, asks for their help in his presidential campaign

Vladimir Gjorcev, one of the leading contenders for the VMRO-DPMNE presidential nomination, met with party members in Skopje’s central areas and Butel, where he presented his program for the coming elections. Gjorcev resumed his campaign after a visit to D.C., where he attended the National Prayer...

Economy 09:43

World Bank suggests that Macedonia extends the retirement age in order to save its pension system

World Bank calls on Macedonia to increase the retirement age, warning that without reforms the pension system will continue to be unsustainable. According to a WB report, the system is also not fair enough, and a strong policy reform push would stabilize the PIOM fund and make it more fair. The Bank...

Macedonia 09:27

Slovenia expected to ratify Macedonia’s NATO membership

The Parliament of Slovenia is expected to ratify Macedonia’s accession to NATO today. Speaker Talat Xhaferi is in Ljubljana today and will speak at the Slovenian Parliament. He is also expected to visit Albania on Thursday, when the Albanian Parliament should vote on the accession protocol. Under...

Culture 22:20

Buzalkovska on the culture program review: The Ministry wants to throw a few hundreds our way to shut us up

Director Zoja Buzalkovska dismissed the announcement that the scandal plagued annual program proposed by the Culture Ministry will be reviewed. The review was announced after it was determined that Culture Minister Asaf Ademi and the commissions who operate under him slashed funding for some of the best...

Macedonia 22:06

Siljanovska demands investigation after dozens of relatives of Government officials were hired in public sector jobs

Law professor Gordana Siljanovska, who is running for the VMRO-DPMNE presidential nomination, demanded that the Ombudsperson begins an investigation in the recent series of public sector hirings of close relatives to officials from the SDSM and DUI led Government. I appeal that an investigation is initiated...

Macedonia 21:53

Outrage after Minister Mancevski openly endorses hiring of SDSM loyalists in the public sector

A statement from Minister Damjan Mancevski, who is primarily tasked with the workings of the public administration, caused additional outrage today after a relentless torrent of reports that close relatives of public officials were hired in the public sector. Those hired include relatives of former Prime...

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