Tag: Bulgaria
Balkans 03.12.22 | 11:18

The Netherlands will block Bulgaria’s accession to Schengen area due to corruption and organized crime

The Netherlands will vote next week against Bulgaria’s accession to Schengen and will support the membership of Romania and Croatia, BNT reports. The government in The Hague took the decision at its meeting on December 2. Schengen enlargement is on the agenda of the Council of interior ministers...

Culture 02.12.22 | 10:16

Museums from Macedonia, Bulgaria and Serbia agree joint activities

The Archeological Museum of Macedonia, the National Archeological Institute at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and the National Museum of Serbia yesterday in Sofia signed agreements establishing joint activities. The main purpose of the agreements is to implement a joint project between the three national...

Macedonia 26.11.22 | 21:50

New Bulgarian nationalist leader advocates the unification with Macedonia into a “greater Bulgarian state”

Bulgarian politician Kostadin Kostadinov, who is now at the forefront of the dispute with Macedonia, is not only focused against our country. His frequent targets include the Roma and the illegal migrants crossing through Bulgaria. Kostadinov became notorious in Macedonia with his statements declaring...

Macedonia 26.11.22 | 19:19

Macedonian Orthodox Church rejects the ongoing negotiations about its historic legacy with Bulgaria

The Macedonian Orthodox Church responded to reports that the joint historic commission with Bulgaria is now stuck on the historic narrative about the rise of the church. Bishop Petar of Bitola came out with a statement that the Archbishopry of Ohrid was never Bulgarian – an issue which he says...

Macedonia 24.11.22 | 22:45

Talks between Macedonian and Bulgarian historians end with no result as Sofia grows anxious over the incidents in Ohrid

The meeting of the joint Macedonian – Bulgarian committee of historians concluded for today without new agreement being reached, and will resume tomorrow. The key issue now is how and to what extent will Macedonia amend its seventh grade history books, that cover the period of medieval history.. The...

Macedonia 22.11.22 | 20:33

Bulgaria will open a new cultural center in Skopje

Bulgaria intends to open a cultural center in Skopje on November 25th. In break with the recent practice of Bulgarian associations in Macedonia to give provocative names to their clubs, including of Nazi collaborators, the new center will have a generic name. The recently opened center in Bitola was...

Balkans 18.11.22 | 10:13

Bulgarian custom officers seized 35 guns and 557,000 euros

Bulgarian customs officers at the “Kapetan Andreevo” border crossing between Bulgaria and Turkey discovered and seized 35 guns and four empty ammunition frames during the control of a van, the Bulgarian Customs Agency said. As MIA’s correspondent in Sofia reported, a minibus with foreign...

Macedonia 15.11.22 | 21:48

Brussels can’t give guarantees to Macedonia in the dispute with Bulgaria, socialist MEP says

Spanish socialist member of the European Parliament Iratxe Garcia Perez warned Macedonia that there can be no guarantees from the European Union that Bulgaria will lift its veto permanently if Macedonia accepts the current Bulgarian demands – mainly to amend its Constitution and include the Bulgarians...

Balkans 12.11.22 | 20:43

Osmani: Communication with Bulgaria has to be intensive

Foreign Minister Bujar Osmani said Saturday that communication with Bulgaria has to be constant and intensive. The more we leave room without communications, the easier for someone else to interfere with the communication and kidnap the agenda, which sidetracks us from the course we established back...

Macedonia 10.11.22 | 21:17

Mickoski: We need to put the Bulgarian demands before our voters

In a Kanal 5 TV interview, VMRO-DPMNE President Hristijan Mickoski said that he will continue to fight to make sure that historic issues are not placed before Macedonia as condition of EU membership. Mickoski’s comments come after the meeting of party leaders on Monday, where they discussed the...

Macedonia 02.11.22 | 22:17

Nationalist leader declares that “Macedonia is Bulgarian land”

Bulgarian nationalist member of Parliament Kostadin Kostadinov, who leads the recently formed Vazrazhdane party, declared Macedonia to be a “Bulgarian land”. Kostadinov, whose party has a position that Macedonia needs to be integrated into Bulgaria, made the statement in response to the opening...

Macedonia 31.10.22 | 22:04

Attempt to open a Bulgarian club named after Tsar Ferdinand hits roadblock

An advisory body set up by the Government voted against allowing a Bulgarian organization to open a club named after Tsar Ferdinand. The body was quickly set up after Bulgarian groups opened clubs named after Vanco Mihajlov and Tsar Boris III in Bitola and Ohrid, respectively. Mihajlov worked closely...

Sport 31.10.22 | 10:32

UEFA fined the Macedonian Football Federation after fans booed the Bulgarian national anthem

The Macedonian Football Federation (FFM) is fined 10,000 EUR for the actions of the fans during the match against Bulgaria. The home crowd loudly booed the Bulgarian national anthem – which is the result of the steadily worsening relations between the two countries. FFM will also have to pay 4,500...

Macedonia 31.10.22 | 09:42

VMRO-DPMNE: Kovacevski deserted the Macedonians in Bulgaria

Dimitar Kovacevski deserted the Macedonians in Bulgaria when he refused to attend the opening of the Macedonian cultural center in Blagoevgrad, said the opposition VMRO-DPMNE party. While top opposition representatives were in Blagoevgrad, on the Government’s side only the office of President Pendarovski...

Macedonia 29.10.22 | 09:50

Another ceremony to mark resumption of work on the long delayed railway to Bulgaria

The decades long project to build a railway connecting Macedonia and Bulgaria will have yet another opening ceremony today, with the interim Bulgarian Prime Minister Galab Donev coming to Kumanovo to meet with Dimitar Kovacevski. Work has been stopped since 2020, but now both countries are hoping to...

Macedonia 21.10.22 | 20:22

Bulgaria asks Macedonia to respect the Convention for the Protection of Minorities, even though itself doesn’t respect it

The Bulgarian authorities demand that Macedonia respects the European convention for the protection of human rights. This request from Sofia comes after the parties in Macedonia agreed to make changes to the Law on Political Parties and Associations, which will ban the names of persons from the fascist...

Macedonia 18.10.22 | 09:47

Mickoski: Bulgaria treats Macedonia the same as Russia treats Ukraine

Regarding the canonization of educator Kiril Pejcinovic and the reactions in Bulgaria, the president of VMRO-DPMNE, Hristijan Mickoski, says that “serious attempts are being made to deny the authentic struggle of Pejcinovic for Macedonia and our people and identity”. They want to portray...

Macedonia 15.10.22 | 12:18

Nikoloski calls on the security services to investigate the opening of divisive Bulgarian cultural centers in Macedonia

VMRO-DPMNE Vice President Aleksandar Nikoloski accused the security services of wiretapping and persecuting the opposition in Macedonia, and asked them to investigate the recent spate of openings of Bulgarian cultural centers in the country, which are named after Nazi collaborators. The move, openly...

Macedonia 14.10.22 | 18:15

Professor Cepreganov: The foundations of the Macedonian state were laid on October 11th 1941

Historian Todor Cepreganov responded to comments from Bulgarian member of the European Parliament Aleksandar Yordanov, over October 11th, the day when Macedonia marks the start of the anti-fascist partisan struggle in the Second World War. Bulgaria dismisses the struggle, as it was aimed against its...

Macedonia 14.10.22 | 11:13

Bulgarian politicians did not discuss removing the Macedonian Ambassador from the inaugural meeting of the new Parliament

Contrary to earlier reports, political parties in Bulgaria did not discuss whether to disinvite Macedonian Ambassador Agneza Rusi Popovska from the first session of the newly elected Parliament. The parties did decide not to invite the ambassadors of Russia and Belarus. But the Democratic Bulgaria party...

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