Tag: delcev
Macedonia 20.10.20 | 13:39

Zaev says no need for a new treaty with Bulgaria, wants a solution that will recognize the Macedonian language and people

Prime Minister Zoran Zaev said that he expects any solution to historic disputes with Bulgaria to focus on the fact that Bulgaria recognizes the Macedonian language and the Macedonian people. As Bulgaria wants concessions on historic figures such as Goce Delcev, who their side considers a Bulgarian,...

Macedonia 28.09.20 | 20:36

Zaev: We won’t reach agreement with Bulgaria if we claim that Goce Delcev was solely a Macedonian

During a TV interview, Prime Minister Zoran Zaev acknowledged that Bulgaria will block Macedonia from opening EU accession talks unless he gives up on insisting that legendary VMRO leader Goce Delcev was exclusively a Macedonian. Bulgaria has been demanding a concession on the ethnic identity of Delcev...

Macedonia 23.09.20 | 15:45

Pendarovski says that Goce Delcev was a Macedonian hero, but that Bulgaria is welcome to honor him as well

President Stevo Pendarovski also opined on the dispute with Bulgaria over the national heritage of legendary VMRO leader Goce Delcev. Like Zaev earlier today, Pendarovski also insisted that Delcev was an ethnic Macedonian, but also gave a conciliatory statement meant to placate Bulgaria and avoid its...

Macedonia 22.09.20 | 13:50

School records show that Goce Delcev’s knowledge of Bulgarian was not that good

As the dispute between Macedonia and Bulgaria over the national heritage of Goce Delcev grows and threatens to lead to a new blockade of Macedonia’s EU accession, the Lider news site published Delcev’s military academy record. It shows that while he was a young cadet in Sofia, Delcev’s...

Macedonia 06.05.20 | 20:11

After public outrage, VMRO youth activists cleaned Goce Delcev’s monument

A group of VMRO-DPMNE activists from the party’s youth wing cleaned up the monument to legendary VMRO leader Goce Delcev in Skopje’s central park. The sight of the heavily graffiti covered monument during the honoring of Delcev’s death two days ago sparked public outrage. Many citizens...

Macedonia 04.05.20 | 19:51

Days after predicting the unification of Macedonia and Bulgaria, Karakacanov calls for a joint monument to Goce Delcev in Greece

On the anniversary of the death of Goce Delcev, Bulgarian nationalist Defense Minister Krasimir Karakacanov raised the idea that Macedonia and Bulgaria jointly ask that a monument to the legendary VMRO leader is built in the now destroyed village of Banica. Delcev was killed on this day, in 1903, fighting...

Macedonia 04.02.20 | 20:46

Gruevski on Delcev: The Macedonian issue will be resolved only when it benefits the Macedonians

The Macedonian issue will be resolved only when it benefits the Macedonians, and the pressure we now face will just make our sense of national identity stronger, said former VMRO leader Nikola Gruevski on the anniversary of the birth of legendary Macedonian leader Goce Delcev. The anniversary is marked...

Macedonia 04.02.20 | 16:43

Government representatives booed at the grave of Goce Delcev

Representatives of the SDSM led Government and of the office of President Stevo Pendarovski were loudly booed at the grave of Goce Delcev today, when they came to pay respects on the anniversary of his birth. The legendary VMRO leader and organizer of the Macedonian national movement is at the center...

Macedonia 16.10.19 | 23:38

Macedonian and Bulgarian historians fail to find common ground during their Ohrid round of talks

Macedonian and Bulgarian historians failed to reach agreement on the “issue of Goce Delcev” during their talks in Ohrid today. The issue came to the foreground as Bulgaria wants to draw concessions before as quickly as possible. There are issues where we didn’t agree and some issues...

Macedonia 02.07.19 | 14:46

Nikola Gruevski on the dispute with Bulgaria: Friends don’t treat friends this way

Nikola Gruevski warned Bulgaria that it risks undermining relations between Macedonians and Bulgarians, as it pushes for official recognition of the Bulgarian character of historic icons like Goce Delcev. The former Macedonian Prime Minister and VMRO leader, who is now in political exile in Hungary,...

Macedonia 26.06.19 | 13:17

Bulgarian nationalist MEP declares Macedonia the “second Bulgarian state in the Balkans”

Bulgarian member of the European Parliament Angel Dzhambazki entered the fray over the national identity of VMRO leader Goce Delcev. Bulgarian politicians demand an acknowledgement that the VMRO legend was a Bulgarian, and President Stevo Pendarovski came close by saying that Delcev declared himself...

Macedonia 22.06.19 | 11:06

Pendarovski says that Goce Delcev’s identity is a red line which Macedonia “probably” won’t be able to cross

President Stevo Pendarovski warned that for Macedonia, saying that Goce Delcev is a Bulgarian is a red line which the country “probably won’t be able to cross”. Still, Pendarovski acknowledged that the legendary VMRO leader did write that he was a Bulgarian, adding that he fought for...

Macedonia 21.06.19 | 12:10

Bulgarian MEP Kovatchev calls on Macedonian historians to accept that Delcev was Bulgarian

Bulgarian member of the European Parliament Andrey Kovatchev called on the Macedonian historians to accept that Goce Delcev and a series of other historic figures were ethnic Bulgarians. Goce Delcev self-identified as a Bulgarian and in his honor, he would never have wanted that we divide over him. We...

Macedonia 19.06.19 | 14:09

Goce Delcev had a strong Macedonian political identity, says head of the Macedonian historic team

Dragi Georgiev, the head of the Macedonian team in the joint historic committee with Bulgaria, insists that the legendary VMRO leader Goce Delcev, had a strong Macedonian political identity. The work of the committee hit a serious obstacle as the issue of Delcev’s identity was raised. Both countries...

Macedonia 13.06.19 | 15:31

Bulgarian historian says Macedonians were brainwashed, as the “Goce Delcev dispute” continues to fester

The dispute between Macedonia and Bulgaria over the historic legacy of VMRO leader Goce Delcev continues to fester. Bulgarian historian Georgi Nikolov, in an interview with 24 Casa, said that the Macedonian position on Goce Delcev is the result of “100 years of brainwashing”. Bulgaria insists...

Macedonia 12.06.19 | 12:26

“What did you think is going to happen?” – bitter reactions in Macedonia after Bulgaria presents an ultimatum over Goce Delcev

The Bulgarian request that Macedonia must designate legendary VMRO leader Goce Delcev as a Bulgarian, not a Macedonian, sparked outrage yesterday. Bulgarian politicians are using the 2017 Zaev – Borisov treaty to demand that Macedonian historians rewrite history books to acknowledge the Bulgarian...

Macedonia 10.06.19 | 14:45

As historic fight over Goce Delcev heats up, Sofia rejects a proposed date to jointly honor the VMRO leader with Macedonia

After Bulgarian Defense Minister Krasimir Karakacanov threatened to block Macedonia’s EU and NATO accession over historic issues, Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva confirmed that she expects more progress on the issue of Goce Delcev’s nation background. Under the Borisov – Zaev treaty...

Macedonia 04.02.19 | 11:36

Zaev to commemorate Goce Delcev’s birth in Bulgaria, with Boyko Borissov

Prime Minister Zoran Zaev decided to commemorate the anniversary of the birth of Goce Delcev, the most celebrated VMRO leader and fighter for an independent Macedonia, together with Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Boriusov in Sofia. The decision comes as commissions members from the two countries dispute...