Tag: pendarovski
Macedonia 29.05.20 | 09:37

Pendarovski will announce a new decision regarding the state of emergency tomorrow

President Pendarovski announced that he will convene the Security Council on Saturday to discuss whether he will extend the state of emergency for a third time. Macedonia has been under a state of emergency for two and a half months, which allows the Government to rule by decree. Meanwhile, the Parliament...

Macedonia 18.05.20 | 11:24

Member of Pendarovski’s security detail has the coronavirus

On the day of the planned meeting of party leaders, convened by President Stevo Pendarovski, his office revealed that a member of Pendarovski’s security detail was found to be coronavirus positive. The officer was last at his job post a week ago, a day before the previous meeting of party leaders....

Macedonia 18.05.20 | 09:40

Party leaders will hold another meeting to look for a way out of the political crisis

Party leaders are set to meet today to discuss a way out of the political crisis. Macedonia has no Parliament, which was dissolved to make way for the now canceled election on April 12, and the Government rules by executive decrees under a state of emergency. President Stevo Pendarovski, who postponed...

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 15.05.20 | 17:48

Pendarovski extends the state of emergency for two more weeks

President Stevo Pendarovski decided to order that the state of emergency is extended for two more weeks. Macedonia has been under a state of emergency for two months tomorrow, allowing the Government to rule by executive decrees. Pendarovski said that he met with a number of experts and decided that...

Macedonia 14.05.20 | 12:12

Macedonia and Bulgaria call off the planned joint honoring of Ss. Cyril and Methodius in Rome because of the coronavirus

The plan to hold a joint honoring of Ss. Cyril and Methodius on May 24 between Macedonia and Bulgaria will not be implemented this year, because of the coronavirus epidemic. The two countries already called off the joint honoring of Goce Delcev on the day of his death – May 4 – as tensions...

Macedonia 14.05.20 | 09:30

Pendarovski expected to make a decision on the state of emergency on Friday, as Zaev wants his help to push for “corona elections”

President Stevo Pendarovski plans to hold a meeting of the Security Council on Friday, after which he will make a decision on whether to extend the state of emergency. The second month long decision to declare a state of emergency expires on May 18. It allows the SDSM led Government to rule by decree...

Macedonia 12.05.20 | 17:11

Zaev again demands elections as soon as possible, says we have to live with the virus

Following the meeting of party leaders convened by President Pendarovski, SDSM party leader Zoran Zaev came out again with a request that elections are held in June, mid July at the latest. Zaev has been pushing for early elections for weeks, even trying to re-convene the Parliament unilaterally, to...

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 | 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 01.05.20 | 22:17

Pendarovski will convene the party leaders in 10 days

President Stevo Pendarovski said that he will convene a meeting of top party leaders between May 10 and 12. VMRO-DPMNE has been calling for a meeting to resolve the political crisis that has developed as the country is left without a Parliament and is ran by executive decrees under a state of emergency...

Macedonia 01.05.20 | 16:39

Like Zaev before him, Pendarovski portrays himself as a hawk on the Macedonian national identity issue

In an interview set to air this evening, President Stevo Pendarovski is quoted saying that Macedonia “does not need the EU” if the price we need to pay to join the Union is to give up being Macedonians who speak the Macedonian language. Pendarovski did the interview at a time when Bulgaria...

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...

Macedonia 29.04.20 | 22:30

President Pendarovski won’t say whether he agrees with his adviser Maleski’s claim that the Macedonian history was falsified

President Stevo Pendarovski is yet to comment on the growing controversy over his foreign policy adviser Denko Maleski, who declared that much of Macedonia’s history was falsified to create a nation separate from the Bulgarian. Maleski, who was once a die-hard opponent of Macedonia’s independence...

Macedonia 28.04.20 | 10:34

Police arrests man who publicly insulted female family members of Zoran Zaev and Stevo Pendarovski

Police officers arrested a man who staged a loud protest in front of the Macedonian Parliament today. The man, identified only as H.J., was filmed standing on a car delivering a lengthy rant in which he mentioned female family members of Zoran Zaev and Stevo Pendarovski. Пуштај короната...

Macedonia 28.04.20 | 10:17

Pompeo speaks to Pendarovski to congratulate on Macedonia’s NATO accession

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke with President Stevo Pendarovski yesterday to congratulate to “North” Macedonia on its joining NATO and possibly opening EU accession talks. In the statement released afterwards, Pompeo praised the imposed Prespa treaty and said that he highly values...

News 25.04.20 | 16:08

SDSM rejects VMRO proposal for a meeting of party leaders, Pendarovski says he will convene one in early May

The ruling SDSM party rejected the request from opposition leader Hristijan Mickoski that the growing political crisis is resolved through a meeting of the leaders of the top parties. SDSM deputy leader Kosa Petrov said that there is no need for such a meeting right now. We don’t think it is time...

Macedonia 23.04.20 | 08:59

Pendarovski dismisses Bulgaria’s statement

President Stevo Pendarovski dismissed the Bulgarian statement that was linked to the European Council decision to approve the opening of EU accession talks with Macedonia. While agreeing to the decision that again carries no actual date to open the talks, Bulgaria also submitted a statement in which...

Macedonia 16.04.20 | 15:31

Pendarovski extends the state of emergency for another month

President Stevo Pendarovski announced that he will extend the state of emergency for additional 30 days. Pendarovski acknowledged that the Constitution does not provide for extending the state of emergency, but never the less insisted that he has the authority to do so. It’s clear that the creators...

Macedonia 16.04.20 | 14:48

Does Pendarovski even have the authority to extend the state of emergency?

SDSM party leader Zoran Zaev called on President Stevo Pendarovski to extend the state of emergency for another month. The security council is meeting today, albeit in a greatly reduced format after interim Prime Minister Oliver Spasovski and other top officials involved in handling the epidemic such...

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