Tag: Bulgaria
Macedonia 25.02.21 | 11:13

Macedonian and Bulgarian historians meet to discuss Goce Delcev and other disputed issues

The Macedonian – Bulgarian committee of historians begins a new round of meetings today, which will again focus on the disputed legacy of Goce Delcev and on Macedonian 7th grade history books. The two deadlocked teams will also try to agree on accepting the minutes from the previous meeting –...

Macedonia 25.02.21 | 09:48

Lot of movement in the dispute with Bulgaria, but little is being shared with the public

While the Macedonian public was breathlessly watching the Saso Mijalkov drama, a lot of activity seems to be going on in the relations with Bulgaria. Several high level visits were exchanged in a week, the latest being the trip of Foreign Minister Bujar Osmani to Sofia. Zaev’s envoy to Bulgaria...

Macedonia 24.02.21 | 13:32

Buckovski says that he is close to a deal with Bulgaria, but warns that the concessions may “appear to be overwhelming”

Former Macedonian Prime Minister Vlado Buckovski – who is Zoran Zaev’s envoy to Bulgaria – announced that the two countries are close to a deal, but warned that the concessions “may appear overwhelming at first”. Bulgaria demands serious concessions on issues of national...

Macedonia 23.02.21 | 12:39

President Radev demands protection of Bulgarians in Macedonia, as an association calls for fast-track issuing of citizenships

Bulgarian President Rumen Radev sent a request to Macedonia to report on the rights and the position of the ethnic Bulgarians in Macedonia. The move comes as various political sides in Bulgaria are putting more pressure on Macedonia and as a Bulgarian association from Bitola made a request for mass issuing...

Macedonia 19.02.21 | 21:25

Bulgaria wants business concessions added to the action plan it is negotiating with Zaev, Alfa TV reports

Bulgaria is conditioning the opening of EU accession talks with a demand that Macedonia allows Bulgarian businesses to enter the media market, construction and banking, Alfa TV reports. Bulgaria officially raised the issue in the past months, and it was widely reported that the Ilovica copper mine is...

Macedonia 17.02.21 | 21:09

Nikoloski: Macedonians in Bulgaria have no minority rights

VMRO-DPMNE Vice President Aleksandar Nikoloski insisted that Macedonia has much higher standards of minority rights than Bulgaria, and that this affects the rights of Macedonians who live in Bulgaria. His comments come at a time when Bulgaria is raising numerous issues with Macedonia to block Macedonia’s...

Macedonia 17.02.21 | 20:57

Bulgarian MEP Kyuchyuk hopes that Macedonia will soon open its EU accession talks

Bulgarian member of the European Parliament Ilhan Kyuchyuk is visiting Macedonia, in his capacity of EP rapporteur. Kyuchyuk, who as an ethnic Turk is personally less involved in the national and historic dispute between the two countries, expressed his hope that Macedonia will soon open EU accession...

Macedonia 16.02.21 | 16:52

Mickoski: The new treaty with Bulgaria negotiated by Buckovski will be a disaster

VMRO-DPMNE leader Hristijan Mickoski warned that the new treaty that is reportedly negotiated with Bulgaria, will have disastrous consequences to Macedonian national identity. Zoran Zaev tapped former Prime Minister Vlado Buckovski (pictured) to negotiate with Bulgaria after the Bulgarian Government...

Macedonia 15.02.21 | 21:01

Ambassador Gjorcev: The treaty with Bulgaria is skewed and that is why it won’t be a success

Former Macedonian Ambassador to Bulgaria Marjan Gjorcev believes that the 2017 Zaev – Borisov treaty is skewed in favor of Bulgaria and that this is the reason it has been unsuccessful so far. There is a negative element in the treaty and that is the lack of concern for the ethnic dimension for...

Macedonia 05.02.21 | 22:09

Osmani claims that the differences with Bulgaria are smaller than they appear

Foreign Affairs Minister Bujar Osmani said that he is satisfied with Bulgaria’s position that it will not request impose Macedonians’ right to self-determination. In an interview, Osmani tried to present the positions of the two countries as closer than they appear, after Bulgaria blocked...

Macedonia 03.02.21 | 20:27

Bulgarian politician who is most invested in the dispute with Macedonia may not reach the threshold to win seats in Parliament

Polls in Bulgaria show that the nationalist United Patriots coalition led by Defense Minister Krasimir Karakacanov will be fighting for entry in the next Parliament. Karakacanov is the driving force behind the growing dispute between Macedonia and Bulgaria, which is largely motivated by his need to win...

Macedonia 02.02.21 | 22:55

Zaharieva asked why doesn’t Bulgaria give Serbia the same treatment it gives to Macedonia

Bulgarian Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva was asked by a journalist why does the country veto Macedonia from opening EU accession talks, but doesn’t also stop Serbia, with whom Bulgaria has a long standing rivalry. In response, Zaharieva acknowledged that Sofia has a different position on...

Macedonia 02.02.21 | 19:53

Igor Spasov’s girlfriend reported him to the Bulgarian police

Former police officer Igor Spasov, sentenced to 14 years in prison for the horrific murder of 22 year old Martin Neskovski in 2011, was arrested owing to a police report made by his girlfriend. Spasov received lenient treatment from the Zaev regime after he was used to willify VMRO-DPMNE, and used it...

Macedonia 31.01.21 | 10:40

Croatian MP asks his Government to stand up to Bulgaria on behalf of Macedonia

Croatian member of Parliament Bojan Glavasevic called on his country to stand up for Macedonia in the dispute with Bulgaria, stating that it is Croatia’s obligation as the newest EU member state. Glavasevic, a left-wing independent, asked the Government what is it doing in the course of the dispute...

Macedonia 29.01.21 | 19:16

Dimitrov: Bulgaria doesn’t want to sign any document that states “Macedonian language”

The Deputy Prime Minister for European Affairs, Nikola Dimitrov, said at Friday’s conference “The role of the media and civil society organizations in the integration process” that there is an obvious interest in the European Union in signing Macedonia’s agreement with Frontex...

Macedonia 29.01.21 | 10:33

Zaharieva accuses Macedonia of seeking closer ties with Serbia

Bulgarian Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva condemned Zoran Zaev for his announcement that he will reintroduce Serbian language studies in elementary schools. “Macedonia clearly hasn’t severed ties with Serbia”, she said. Zaev’s nod to Serbia reveals the extent of Bulgaria’s...

Macedonia 28.01.21 | 10:23

Zaev angers Bulgaria with his pledge to expand Serbian language lessons in Macedonia

A pledge from Zoran Zaev to reintroduce teaching of the Serbian language in schools caused an angry reaction in Bulgaria. Zaev made the promise during the celebration of the feast of St. Sava, an Orthodox saint especially honored by the Serbs. We will go a step further and we will restore the teaching...

Macedonia 27.01.21 | 14:36

Zaev careful not to mention Bulgaria in his Holocaust Remembrance Day message

Prime Minister Zoran Zaev issued a very carefully worded statement on the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, careful not to make any mention of Bulgaria, under whose command the deportation of the Macedonian Jews was carried out in 1943. Macedonia is tied in a deep historic dispute with Bulgaria...

Macedonia 26.01.21 | 11:30

Pendarovski promises Bulgaria that Macedonia will not try to install “some kind of a Macedonian minority”

President Stevo Pendarovski vowed not to interfere in Bulgarian internal affairs over the issue of minority rights, referring to Macedonians in Bulgaria as “some kind of minority”. In an interview, he did insist that there are Macedonians living in Greece, though. Bulgaria is adamant that...

News 25.01.21 | 13:05

Former Bulgarian intelligence chief warns of coming pressure from the Biden administration on the Macedonia issue

Former Bulgarian intelligence chief Dimo Gjurov warned that the country could face pressure from the US to relent in the historic dispute with Macedonia. According to Gjurov, Bulgaria should be ready for demands from the Biden administration, asking it to explain the policy of blocking Macedonia’s...

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