Tag: Bulgaria
Macedonia 04.06.20 | 20:51

Bulgaria puts Macedonia back on the black list, orders mandatory 14 days of quarantine for our citizens

Due to the spike in new coronavirus cases and deaths in Macedonia, Bulgaria reversed its decision to open the border, and will have all Macedonian citizens crossing over held in a mandatory two weeks long quarantine. Macedonia is now an outlier in the Balkans, where most countries are declaring an end...

Balkans 01.06.20 | 19:10

Bulgaria lifts quarantine for arrivals from Macedonia

Quarantine for people who arrived to Bulgaria from the EU, Serbia and Macedonia between May 20 and 31 and who have not been in contact with COVID-19 patients is lifted under an order by Health Minister Kiril Ananiev on Monday. Quarantine remains in place for all individuals who entered Bulgaria between...

Macedonia 27.05.20 | 15:43

Mickoski: Zaev is clearly prepared to accept any request put forward by Bulgaria

I would not be surprised if Zoran Zaev accepts all demands put forward by Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov, in exchange for his support in the coming elections, said opposition leader Hristijan Mickoski. Bulgaria wants additional concessions from Macedonia, such declaring a number of historic heroes...

Macedonia 15.05.20 | 23:20

President Pendarovski assures the public that Bulgaria is not seriously thinking about blocking Macedonia’s EU accession talks

President Stevo Pendarovski expressed assurances that Bulgaria will not block Macedonia from opening EU accession talks, despite repeated threats in that regard from top Bulgarian politicians. Bulgaria wants additional concessions in a number of historic and national identity issues before it will allow...

Macedonia 14.05.20 | 15:57

Bulgarian Defense Minister Karakacanov evokes fear of Greater Albania to push Macedonians toward Bulgaria

Bulgarian Defense Minister Krasimir Karakacanov, who recently predicted the soon-to-come unification of Macedonia and Buglaria, used the fear of the Albanian nationalist project to push Macedonians to support Bulgaria. Days after predicting the unification of Macedonia and Bulgaria, Karakacanov calls...

Macedonia 13.05.20 | 12:01

Zaharieva: “Individuals can identify as Macedonians but without resorting to lies and anti-Bulgarian rhetoric”

Bulgarian Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva said that citizens in Macedonia can self-identify themselves any way they wish, but that this include “historic lies and anti-Bulgarian rhetoric”. Macedonia and Bulgaria have a growing dispute about the Macedonian national identity. Bulgaria...

Macedonia 12.05.20 | 17:19

Zaev refused to discuss the crisis with Bulgaria

Opposition leader Hristijan Mickoski said that he asked party leaders, during their meeting today, to discuss the growing crisis in the relations with Bulgaria, which is announcing that it may block Macedonia’s opening of EU accession talks. But SDSM party leader Zoran Zaev refused to accept the...

Macedonia 11.05.20 | 09:32

Karakacanov threatens veto unless Macedonia “behaves”

Bulgarian Defense Minister Krasmir Karakacanov warned Macedonia that it won’t be allowed to join the European Union unless it accepts conditions Bulgaria makes and agrees to make concessions with the Macedonian history and national identity issues. The statement from the Bulgarian nationalist politician...

Macedonia 10.05.20 | 21:17

Stanishev: It’s in Bulgarian national interest that Zaev wins the elections in Macedonia

Former Bulgarian Prime Minister Sergey Stanishev, who leads the Europe wide Party of European Socialists (PES), said that Bulgaria is greatly interested that Zoran Zaev and his SDSM party remain in power after the elections expected this year. Going beyond the usual socialist party solidarity, Stanishev...

Macedonia 08.05.20 | 18:32

Bulgarian Academy promotes a book that declares the Macedonian language to be a dialect of the Bulgarian language

As the dispute between Macedonia and Bulgaria continues to heat up, the Bulgarian BANU Academy is promoting a book that labels the Macedonian language as a Western dialect of the Bulgarian language. The book, titled “On the official language of the Republic of North Macedonia”, was written...

Macedonia 07.05.20 | 16:05

The Zagreb Declaration turns Bulgaria’s demands for concessions from Macedonia into collective EU demands

Article 9 of the Declaration adoped after the online Zagreb summit of the European Union reveals that, as Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov said, all EU member states will stand behind Bulgaria as it demands concessions from Macedonia. In his heated post-summit comments, Borisov warned Macedonia...

Macedonia 07.05.20 | 10:39

For Macedonia, Bulgaria is the new Greece

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov gave the clearest indication yet that his country will veto Macedonia’s EU accession path unless his 2017 treaty with Zoran Zaev is respected in full. Borisov made his heated remarks on Wednesday evening, following the online EU – Balkans summit organized...

Macedonia 05.05.20 | 15:40

Mickoski: The Macedonian language and nation have endured worse trials and threats to our existence

The Macedonian nation and language have endured worse trials than those we are faced with today and we will continue to persevere, said VMRO-DPMNE President Hristijan Mickoski in his letter on the day of the Macedonian language – May 5. The centuries of our existence and of the uniqueness of the...

Macedonia 05.05.20 | 14:03

EU official says the Union will work to resolve the dispute between Macedonia and Bulgaria

The MIA news agency quotes an unnamed EU official saying that the Union will help resolve the growing dispute between Macedonia and Bulgaria. Bulgarian officials are announcing they will block the opening of accession talks with Macedonia unless the concessions agreed in the 2017 Zaev – Borisov...

Macedonia 04.05.20 | 22:42

Sela rejects Pendarovski’s warning that Macedonia may give up its EU integration, claims that the Albanian language is discriminated against

Ziadin Sela, the leader of the Alliance of Albanians, wrote an open letter to President Stevo Pendarovski strongly condemning his position that, if Macedonians are forced to give up their national identity and language in negotiations with Bulgaria, the country should give up its EU accession. Like...

Macedonia 04.05.20 | 22:27

Gruevski: You’re naive if you think that the Bulgarian demands will end with the Macedonian language and history

Macedonia resembles a village with no guard dogs, and it’s natural that this will encourage propaganda from other countries, said former Prime Minister and VMRO leader Nikola Gruevski, in his remarks regarding the latest dispute with Bulgaria. Tensions have risen between Macedonia and Bulgaria...

Macedonia 04.05.20 | 12:40

Zaev: We must complete and implement the Agreement with Bulgaria

The Macedonian language is incorporated in the United Nations, it is recognized by all, it is our identity. This issue has been brought to the surface again by nationalist motives. I would not be honest if I did not say that through the chapters, through the negotiations we must complete and resolve...

Macedonia 02.05.20 | 15:25

Nikoloski: Does Zaev agree that we do not speak Macedonian language?

In the past two weeks, it has become clear that Macedonia’s European integration is facing a major obstacle, VMRO-DPMNE Vice President Aleksandar Nikoloski said Saturday, adding that Bulgaria’s document, which conditions the country’s integration and moving forward on the EU path, is...

Macedonia 30.04.20 | 16:03

Greek media gleefully report on Denko Maleski’s positions

After a number of Bulgarian media outlets, now Greek media are also now happily reporting the statements from Denko Maleski, as he claimed that the Macedonian history is fabricated and that Macedonians originate from Bulgarians. Skopjiani media meltdown as ex-FM says “we are actually Bulgarian,...

Macedonia 30.04.20 | 12:13

Pendarovski does not agree with Denko Maleski’s position on Bulgaria but will keep him as his foreign policy adviser

The office of President Stevo Pendarovski issued a statement in which he distances himself from the positions of his foreign policy adviser Denko Maleski – who said that Macedonian history was falsified and needs to be aligned with the Bulgarian historic narrative. But Pendarovski did not announce...

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