Tag: albanian
Macedonia 15.10.20 | 20:57

Grubi says there is agreement in principle between SDSM and DUI to offer subsidies to private companies for ethnic diversity hires

First Deputy Prime Minister Artan Grubi said that his DUI party and SDSM are still working on their plan for subsidies for private companies that hire ethnically diverse employees. Grubi originally presented the idea a month ago, and caused outrage saying that the Government will pay companies to hire...

Macedonia 22.09.20 | 17:03

Minister Bekteshi tells reporters to learn Albanian

The Minister of Economy Kreshnik Bekteshi started Tuesday’s press conference in Albanian, and then in Macedonian, as he said “out of respect for the largest ethnic group”. Asked why he started the address in reverse order, and not as before, he told the reporters to learn Albanian. Language...

Macedonia 18.08.20 | 20:58

Artan Grubi hails “historic achievement” of having three Albanian foreign ministers in the Balkans

Boastful after the announcement of their new coalition with SDSM, DUI official Artan Grubi said that Albanians now have three foreign ministers in the Balkan countries. Grubi was speaking about Albania, Kosovo and now Macedonia, which under the coalition agreement will apparently have the Foreign Affairs...

Macedonia 18.08.20 | 18:42

Ahmeti secured an ethnic Albanian Prime Minister, but only in the last 100 days of the Government

Following the coalition talks with Zoran Zaev, DUI party leader Ali Ahmeti said that it was agreed that an ethnic Albanian will be Prime Minister for the last 100 days of the Government. The two parties unilaterally decided to abolish the 100 days rule which introduced opposition officials in the Government...

Macedonia 13.08.20 | 15:52

Ahmeti: I will ask Zaev to explain why can’t an Albanian become Prime Minister

DUI party leader Ali Ahmeti, who holds the key 15 votes for the creation of any future Government, said that he stands firm by his request that an ethnic Albanian is named Prime Minister. Ahmeti is involved in talks with Zoran Zaev’s SDSM party, which received the mandate today, but the issue of...

Macedonia 10.08.20 | 12:23

Interim Interior Minister Nuhiu uses the gap between Governments to add the Albanian language to police uniforms

Interim Interior Minister Agim Nuhiu, who leads the department until the creation of a new Government, said that he has signed bylaws that will regulate the use of the Albanian language on police uniforms. Nuhiu comes from the DUI party that represents mainly ethnic Albanians, and which insists on a...

Macedonia 17.07.20 | 14:05

Large increase in Albanian representation expected in the new Parliament

Albanian parties in the region have welcomed the increase in Albanian members of Parliament in Macedonia. Depending on the recounting and the expected appeals, there will be about 35 ethnic Albanian members of Parliament. This is a significant increase of almost 10 seats from the previous Parliament....

Macedonia 02.07.20 | 10:59

Spasovski insists there is no need for an ethnic Albanian Prime Minister because Zaev is supported by all ethnic groups

Speaking to an Albanian language TV station, interim Prime Minister Oliver Spasovski insisted that there is no need for an ethnic Albanian candidate for Prime Minister, because SDSM party leader Zoran Zaev has the support of all ethnic communities. Zaev and SDSM and in a tight spot after the DUI party...

Macedonia 06.06.20 | 13:35

SDSM and DUI try to distract from the epidemic crisis, ignite a dispute over the ethnicity of the next Prime Minister

While the public in Macedonia is alarmed by the spiking coronavirus deaths and infections, the two ruling parties, SDSM and DUI, opened a dispute over whether an ethnic Albanian will be appointed as next Prime Minister. The issue was raised by DUI party leader Ali Ahmeti, who said that it is the next...

Macedonia 01.03.20 | 12:00

No word from the Government when it will correct Zaev’s Albanian language “mistake”

During his debate with opposition leader Hristijan Mickoski, Zoran Zaev acknowledged that his Government “made mistakes” when it placed bilingual signs, using the Albanian language along the Macedonian, in parts of Macedonia with little to no Albanians. Zaev, who is dependent on Albanian...

Macedonia 27.02.20 | 18:25

Albanian prisoners set their cells in the Kumanovo prison on fire

A group of Albanian prisoners in the Kumanovo prison set fire to their cells in a protest. The prisoners in Macedonia’s most recently built and most modern prison claim that they are banned from getting outside and after days of protests, the situation turned violent. The group was sent to the...

Macedonia 21.02.20 | 21:11

Zaev believes that SDSM will again form a Government with the help of the Albanian parties

SDSM party leader Zoran Zaev said that he expects to have major advantage over VMRO-DPMNE when it comes to post-election coalition making with the ethnic Albanian parties. Polls show SDSM losing soundly to VMRO among ethnic Macedonians but Zaev hopes that he will maneuver his party to again form a Government...

Macedonia 15.02.20 | 22:02

Albanian citizen attacked a French border agent at the Skopje airport

A French border agent deployed at the Skopje airport was attacked by an Albanian citizen after he refused his request to fly to Barcelona. The incident occurred when an Albanian family tired to fly to Spain to seek treatment for their child. Albanian citizens have visa free travel to most EU member states,...

Macedonia 25.12.19 | 20:30

Zaev wants to appoint his loyalist Justice Minister Renata Deskoska to the Venice Commission

The Expres news site reports that the Zaev Government is attempting to nominate Justice Minister Renata Deskoska as the next Macedonian representative to the Venice Commission. Deskoska is an SDSM party loyalist, and the move is planned to replace Tanja Karakamiseva, who is a strong critic of Zaev’s...

Macedonia 09.12.19 | 21:31

Venice Commission publishes its opinion with strong criticism of the Albanian language law

The Venice Commission of the Council of Europe today published its final opinion on the controversial law on the use of the Albanian language in Macedonia. As announced in the preliminary opinion, the Commission has strong objections to the law, the way it was adopted, how it goes beyond the Macedonian...

Macedonia 19.11.19 | 17:34

Zaev’s supporters in the media attack his own model of Albanian language use, in an attempt to hit out at Nikola Gruevski

Journalists and commentators supportive of the Zaev regime and its policies went had a hissy fit after Merxhan Dauti, an ethnic Albanian lawyer representing a co-defendant of former Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski in one of the many cases initiated by the Special Prosecutor’s Office, demanded that...

Macedonia 08.10.19 | 14:27

The Venice Commission de facto replaces the cowed Constitutional Court of Macedonia

The move by the Venice Commission, which examines the constitutionality of Macedonia’s laws, to condemn the law on the use of the Albanian language threw a stark contrast to the cowed domestic institutions. The Constitutional Court of Macedonia should be the first to examine the law, which far...

Macedonia 07.10.19 | 13:31

Kulafkova: The Venice Commission clears the way to revoke the Albanian language law

In an interview with Republika, professor Katica Kulafkova says that the finding of the Venice Commission opens the door to abolish the law on the use of the Albanian language. The Commission found that key portions of the law violate the Macedonian Constitution, or are unworkable. Adopting the law was...

Macedonia 29.05.19 | 10:23

Probistip made bilingual even as no Albanians live there

The small city of Probistip, population 16.000, is 98.7 percent ethnic Macedonian. According to the 2002 census, the remaining 150 people living in the city include 89 Serbs, 37 Vlachs, six Turks, 1 Bosniak and no Albanians. And yet, under the Albanian language law, public institutions in Probistip are...

Economy 29.04.19 | 19:05

Albanian language media full of stories of people emigrating out of Macedonia

Albanian media outlets in Macedonia are full of reports of on-going mass emigration into European Union countries. Macedonians and Albanians are leaving the country, but the phenomenon appears especially prominent among Albanians, as indicated by the exceptionally low turnout rates in the last several...

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