Tag: language
Macedonia 11.10.21 | 16:38

As threat grows of an Afghan migrant wave, Macedonia is left without a Frontex mission because of the language dispute with Bulgaria

The European Commission informed the MIA news agency that the agreement with Frontex, meant to help patrol the Macedonian borders and prevent illegal migrant crossings, remains blocked because of the dispute over the Macedonian language with Bulgaria. Bulgaria does all it can to stop the establishment...

Macedonia 27.07.21 | 17:06

MANU President Ljupco Kocarev responds to the Bulgarian claims aimed at the Macedonian language

Languages are formed over a long period of time and over a broad space, and unlike nation states, which have a specific time of establishment and clearly defined sovereignty, languages are complex, adaptable, and are established over hundreds of years, long before the nation states. They know not of...

Macedonia 20.06.21 | 11:04

Zaev still hasn’t addressed media reports that he offered to declare that the Macedonian and the Bulgarian are the same language

Zoran Zaev has refused to address directly the reports in Bulgarian media outlets, that he was offering a new formula on the Macedonian language – under which it would be declared as the same language as the Bulgarian, just internationally recognized as separate from it. Zaev visited Sofia this...

Macedonia 18.06.21 | 13:51

Zaev offered to declare that the Macedonian and the Bulgarian languages are the same

Bulgarian media outlets are reporting that a possible concessions Zoran Zaev is going to make to the Bulgarian side is to declare that the Macedonian language is identical to the Bulgarian. Zaev was in Sofia yesterday, for a desperate, last minute attempt to get Bulgaria to approve the opening of EU...

Macedonia 07.06.21 | 18:29

Zaev makes another public promise to protect the Macedonian language as reports grow that he offers new concessions to Bulgaria

Amid multiple warnings that he is preparing to make new, deep concessions to Bulgaria, Zoran Zaev today issued a statement marking the anniversary of the publication of the first orthography of the Macedonian language. In his remarks Zaev notes that “the Macedonian language went through all the...

Macedonia 03.03.21 | 11:46

Academic Kocarev encourages Macedonian language professors to resist plans to cancel their university department

Ljupco Kocarev, President of the Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts and a top critic of the imposed name and identity change, is not backing down under pressure from media outlets and academics associated with the Zaev regime. Kocarev is under coordinated attack after claiming that the Philological...

Macedonia 07.12.20 | 11:00

Three statements confirming that Zaev is selling the Macedonian identity and language

Zaev sells the Macedonian identity! 28.11.2020 Zoran Zaev The Macedonian language and the Macedonian identity are not on the negotiating table. Nowhere in the world is identity and one’s mother tongue negotiated. Bulgaria recognizes the reality of the Macedonian language and Macedonian identity. 4.12.2020...

Macedonia 28.11.20 | 10:17

Foreign Minister Osmani confirms Bulgarian claims toward the Macedonian nation and language

In an interview with 360 Degrees, Foreign Minister Bujar Osmani confirmed that one of the demands Bulgaria has put before Macedonia is that the country accepts that the Macedonian nation and language have derived from Bulgarians and the western Bulgarian dialects. This is the text that was officially...

Macedonia 01.10.20 | 22:15

Bulgaria moves to solidify its claim on Ss. Cyril and Methodius

Acting on a proposal from a nationalist coalition partner, the Bulgarian Parliament renamed the day of Slavic literacy (May 24) into the day of Bulgarian literacy. The day honors the beginning of the proselytizing mission of Ss. Cyril and Methodius to Moravia. Macedonia and Bulgaria both celebrate the...

Macedonia 18.07.20 | 15:11

Professor Kulafkova announces the publication of her thesis on the Macedonian language

Leading linguist professor Katica Kulafkova announced the publication of her thesis during the presentation of the four volume edition on the Macedonian language, published by the Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts. The work is meant to represent an answer to the Bulgarian Academy and politicians...

Economy 10.07.20 | 13:25

Greek products in Macedonia are imported with a declaration in () language

An empty space between two brackets. That’s the language in which Greek products are imported into Macedonia. The declarations of the products from Greece have the language labels of the countries where they are exported, the abbreviation of the country where those products are sold. But not in...

Macedonia 04.07.20 | 22:34

Zaev repeats his claim that the Macedonian language is becoming an official EU language

In an interview, SDSM party leader Zoran Zaev repeated his claim that the publication of a draft negotiating framework by the European Commission ensures that the Macedonian language is an official language of the European Union. The framework, which is subject to amendments from EU member states, declares...

Macedonia 02.07.20 | 14:32

Government leaks the EU document that refers to the Macedonian language

The Macedonian Information Agency leaked a portion of the EU draft negotiating framework, where the Macedonian language is named clearly and without any adjectives or explanations. “North” Macedonia will need to produce translations of the acquis into Macedonian in good time before accession,...

Macedonia 02.07.20 | 10:53

Zaev triumphantly declares that the EU recognized the Macedonian language

SDSM party leader Zoran Zaev triumphantly announced the move by the European Commission to prepare its draft negotiating framework with Macedonia and Albania. The framework has yet to be accepted by all EU member states before Macedonia can actually open accession talks, and this will likely require...

Macedonia 10.05.20 | 13:35

“Krste Misirkov” institute rejects attempts by the Bulgarian Academy to deny the existence of the Macedonian language

The “Krste Misirkov” institute of Macedonian language replied to the book promoted by the Bulgarian BANU Academy, that states that the Macedonian language is a mere dialect of the Bulgarian language. The two countries are locked in a growing dispute over cultural, national and historic issues,...

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 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 | 12:40

As pressure from Bulgaria mounts, Spasovski speaks out in defense of the Macedonian language

Interim Prime Minister Oliver Spasovski sought to bolster the Government’s credentials in protecting the Macedonian national identity, issuing a statement on the day of the Macedonian language. The country is under pressure from Bulgaria to stop using the name Macedonian language in front of EU...

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 27.04.20 | 19:00

Borisov demands that joint historic commission urgently resumes its work, decides on all disputed historic figures “one by one”

In an interview with Sitel TV, Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov said that he demands that the joint commission on historic issues between Macedonia and Bulgaria urgently resumes its work. Borisov was evasive when asked whether Bulgaria will veto Macedonia from opening EU accession talks, but laid...

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