Tag: karakacanov
Macedonia 12.07.21 | 16:00

Bulgarian elections: Negligible number of votes were cast in Macedonia

A negligible number of votes were cast in Macedonia during the Bulgarian general elections yesterday.  Despite Bulgaria having over 100,000 passports issued to dual citizens in Macedonia, only a few hundred people voted in the polling stations opened in Macedonia. Nationalist politician Krasimir Karakacanov,...

Macedonia 08.07.21 | 18:06

Bulgarian nationalist party releases another pre-election video with territorial claims against Macedonia

Days before the early elections in Bulgaria, the nationalist VMRO-BND party led by Krasimir Karakacanov issued a new video with territorial claims on Macedonia. The video uses imagery of border fences, “unwanted” Roma people, gay pride parades and ends up with a video of lake Ohrid, as the...

Balkans 24.04.21 | 10:10

Karakacanov given the “Golden Skunk” award for losing the elections

Bulgarian nationalist politician Krasimir Karakacanov was given the “Golden Skunk” award for “biggest political loser” by a local comedian. Karakacanov, who pushed the Borisov Government to block Macedonia’s EU accession talks, failed to win seats in the Parliament at the...

Macedonia 05.04.21 | 15:02

Karakacanov acknowledges he will not enter the Parliament, but obstacles for Macedonia expected to remain in place

Odds that Macedonia will get Bulgaria to open EU accession talks seem to melt away with the outcome of the elections held yesterday. One major obstacle – the nationalist antics of Defense Minister Krasimir Karakacanov – may be removed as his party is likely to fail to meet the threshold for...

Macedonia 05.04.21 | 14:11

Nationalist Krasimir Karakacanov projected to end up with no seats in the Bulgarian Parliament

As the results from the elections in Bulgaria continue to pour in, it seems likely that the nationalist politician Krasimir Karakacanov will not win seats in Parliament. The electoral model has a 4 percent threshold and Karakacanov’s VMRO-BDN party is currently projected to fall short by half a...

Macedonia 31.03.21 | 23:25

Karakacanov: Only schizophrenic American bureaucrats see a Macedonian minority in Bulgaria

Bulgarian Defense Minister Krasimir Karakacanov reacted angrily after the US State Department, in its annual human rights report, noted thet Bulgaria continues to refuse Macedonian minority organizations to even register, let alone become active. The report cites OMO Ilinden and other Macedonian organizations...

Macedonia 31.03.21 | 17:34

Karakacanov blames the Zaev regime of arresting Orce Kamcev in an attempt to extort even more money from him

Bulgarian Defense Minister Krasimir Karakacanov accused the Zaev regime of going after Macedonian businessman Jordan Orce Kamcev with the purpose of extorting more money from him. Kamcev, who is honorary Bulgarian consul in Macedonia, was recently detained after reports that he is planning to flee the...

Macedonia 12.03.21 | 14:00

After the latest Karakacanov – Zaev PR stunt, VMRO-DPMNE proposes a bill that would remove dual citizens from Parliament

VMRO-DPMNE proposed a bill that would limit members of the Macedonian Parliament to having only one citizenship – that of the Republic of Macedonia. The move comes after a fake news attack from Bulgarian nationalist politician Krasimir Karakacanov yesterday, who alleged that a number of VMRO-DPMNE...

Macedonia 11.03.21 | 15:07

VMRO officials denounce the dual citizenship manipulation peddled by Karakacanov and SDSM

A number of VMRO-DPMNE officials who were called out by Bulgarian nationalist politician Krasimir Karakacanov for allegedly having dual citizenship, denied the claim. Karakacanov made the allegation in apparent coordination with his protege in Macedonia Zoran Zaev, as Zaev faced two major corruption...

Macedonia 11.03.21 | 11:58

After a day of corruption scandals, Karakacanov leaps to Zaev’s defense

After an exceptionally bad news day for Zoran Zaev yesterday, when two major corruption scandals hit his Governmemt – one including his failed attempts to procure vaccines, Bulgarian Defense Minister Krasimir Karakacanov lept to his defense. The nationalist Bulgarian politician today published...

Macedonia 09.03.21 | 15:00

Pendarovski condemns Karakacanov’s use of a map of Greater Bulgaria

President Stevo Pendarovski accused Bulgaria of violating the 2017 Zaev – Borisov treaty after its Defense Minister Krasimir Karakacanov used the map of Greater Bulgaria in his International Women’s Day message. Karakacanov congratulated women on their holiday using the image of a mother...

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...

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 22.02.21 | 09:23

Karakacanov says that Bulgaria will not submit to pressure from the Biden – Harris administration on Macedonia

Bulgarian Defense Minister Krasimir Karakacanov rejected any possibility that Bulgaria will change its mind on Macedonia under pressure from the new Biden – Harris administration. Biden is expected to call on Bulgaria to end its blockade of Macedonia and allow the opening of EU accession talks....

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 17.01.21 | 12:46

Karakacanov: Macedonia is the most romantic and tragic part of Bulgarian history

Macedonia is the most romantic and most tragic part of Bulgarian history, said Bulgarian Defense Minister Krasimir Karakacanov, evoking a similar comment from former President Petar Stojanov. Karakacanov insisted that this is the reason why Bulgaria can’t allow Macedonia to advance toward the EU...

Macedonia 11.01.21 | 10:41

Karakacanov confirms that Bulgaria sent its annex to Macedonia two months ago

Bulgarian Defense Minister Krasimir Karakacanov told TV24 that Bulgaria sent the text of the annex its wants added to the 2017 Zaev – Borisov treaty in November. The Zaev Government is hiding the document from the public and even denied reports from the opposition VMRO-DPMNE party that Bulgaria...

Macedonia 06.01.21 | 18:10

Unless it changes its attitude, Macedonia will wait to enter the EU for a long time, Karakacanov tells Zaev

Bulgarian Defense Minister Krasimir Karakacanov warned Macedonia that it will wait for entry into the European Union for a very long time, unless it changes its behavior. Karakacanov said that Macedonia must apologize to ethnic Bulgarians who were attacked after World War Two. Bulgaria has every right...

Macedonia 25.12.20 | 17:46

Sekerinska condemns Karakacanov’s vaccine comment

Defense Minister Radmila Sekerinska condemned the latest statement from her Bulgarian counterpart Krasimir Karakacanov as “Balkan comments”. Karakacanov was speaking about the offer from Bulgaria to donate coronavirus vaccines to Macedonia, saying that it is normal for Bulgaria to want to...

Macedonia 24.12.20 | 22:03

Karakacanov uses the vaccine donation for nationalist posturing

Bulgarian Defense Minister Krasimir Karakacanov used Bulgaria’s offer to donate coronavirus vaccines to Macedonia, which is being left out of the initial distribution, for nationalist chest thumping. In a TV interview, Karakcanov said that the vaccines are not given to neighbors but to “our...

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