Tag: Bulgaria
Macedonia 15.03.21 | 18:44

Leaked document shows that Zaev personally intervened to allow several groups of passengers through the Macedonian – Bulgarian border

A leaked border police report published by the Kurir web site shows that Prime Minister Zoran Zaev personally called the officers at the Deve Bair border crossing with Bulgaria to urge them to let several vehicles into the country. The report was made on the night between Saturday and Sunday. It states...

Macedonia 14.03.21 | 16:26

After announcing he will remove the Bulgarian flag from his video, Macedonia’s Eurovision contestant Garvanliev confirms he also has Bulgarian citizenship

There are new developments in one of the stupider side-shows in the growing dispute between Macedonia and Bulgaria. In a video, Macedonia’s Eurovision contestant Vasil Garvanliev acknowledged that he has dual citizenship and is also a Bulgarian citizen. The interview gained prominence after it...

Macedonia 12.03.21 | 13:35

Commissioner Varhelyi calls on Macedonia to quickly resolve the dispute with Bulgaria

European Enlargement Commissioner Oliver Varhelyi called on Macedonia to resolve the dispute with Bulgaria as soon as possible, so that it may be allowed to open EU accession talks. Asked about the prospects that Macedonia opens EU accession talks, Varhelyi said that the dispute with Bulgaria needs to...

Macedonia 11.03.21 | 17:12

Karakachanov: I don’t understand the stormy reactions to the published names from Bulgaria’s voter list

Bulgarian Defense Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Krasimir Karakachanov said he was surprised by the stormy reactions in the country after today he made allegations that a number of VMRO-DPMNE officials had dual citizenship. I never said that the names I published belong to Macedonian MPs or VMRO-DPMNE...

Macedonia 11.03.21 | 15:19

78th anniversary of the Holocaust of the Macedonian Jews

Macedonia marks the 78th anniversary of the deportation of the Macedonian Jews today. The deportation from the territories occupied by Bulgaria in Macedonia and in Greece began on March 11th 1943, on orders from Germany, and over 7,000 Jews were deported from Macedonia – mainly from Skopje, Bitola...

Macedonia 10.03.21 | 14:52

Almost no interest among Macedonian dual citizens to vote in the Bulgarian election

Only a few hundred Bulgarian citizens registered to vote in the coming elections in Macedonia, which is raising questions in the Bulgarian press about the ambitious program to issue passports to Macedonian citizens. It’s estimated that around 100,000 Macedonians have acquired Bulgarian passports,...

Macedonia 09.03.21 | 09:19

Karakacanov’s party uses a map of Greater Bulgaria in its Women’s Day message

In the run up to the general elections in Bulgaria, the VMRO-BND party, led by nationalist Defense Minister Krasimir Karakacanov, is promoting a map of Greater Bulgaria. Party campaign materials use a map of Bulgaria that includes the whole of the Republic of Macedonia, and chunks of Greece, Serbia and...

News 05.03.21 | 21:14

Pendarovski and Zaev don’t see need to add the Bulgarian nation to the preamble of the Macedonian Constitution

President Stevo Pendarovski does not see need to amend the Macedonian Constitution so that the Bulgarian community is included in the preamble. The preamble currently lists the Albanian, Turk, Vlach, Serbian, Roma and Bosniak peoples, and “others”. Foreign Minister Bujar Osmani raised the...

Macedonia 03.03.21 | 10:52

Buckovski expects that the dispute with Bulgaria will be resolved by the end of the year

Zoran Zaev’s envoy to Bulgaria Vlado Buckovski expects that the dispute between the two countries will be overcome by the end of the year. In a statement for DW, Buckovski said that Bulgaria is currently tied up in its general election, which makes resolving the issue difficult. I remain optimist...

Macedonia 03.03.21 | 10:28

Osmani asks Bulgarians in Macedonia to register in the census so that their rights can be adequately protected

Macedonian Foreign Minister Bujar Osmani rushed to defuse the latest issue in the growing dispute with Bulgaria, after the Ivan Mihajlov association of Bulgarians in Bitola protested that they are being discriminated. In response, Bulgarian President Rumen Radev said that he instructed his intelligence...

Macedonia 03.03.21 | 10:17

Petkovski: Bulgaria fears the outcome of the census in Macedonia

The provocative move by Bulgaria to use its security services to protect ethnic Bulgarians in Macedonia is driven by fears of the coming census, said Tito Petkovski, leader of Zaev’s coalition partner the NSDP party. The dispute between Bulgaria and Macedonia escalated this week after Bulgarian...

Macedonia 02.03.21 | 22:02

“Zaev’s and Pendarovski’s policy of subordination to Bulgaria led to the latest threats from President Radev”

The policy of concessions and silence against threats coming from Bulgaria led to the latest escalation, when the Bulgarian President Rumen Radev announced that he will activate the intelligence and security services against Macedonia. This is a subordinate, anti-national, colonial policy of succumbing...

Macedonia 02.03.21 | 21:51

Ljubco Georgievski doubles down on his call for major concessions to Bulgaria

In a TV debate, former Prime Minister Ljubco Georgievski reiterated his positions that Macedonia needs to make serious concessions to Bulgaria and rewrite its own history. Georgievski, who holds a Bulgarian passport since the period he began facing persecution after his election loss in 2002, insisted...

Macedonia 28.02.21 | 14:22

Karakacanov: Macedonia must realize that its path to the EU goes through Bulgaria

Bulgarian Defense Minister Krasimir Karakacanov called on Macedonia not to hope for a change in Bulgarian policy after the March elections. The nationalist politician added that Macedonia must realize that if it wants to join the EU, it needs to get “Bulgaria to open the door”. Regardless...

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...

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