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Macedonia 29.07.19 | 11:08

Greek Defense Minister sees no way out of the Prespa treaty unless “Skopje” violates it first

Greek Defense Minister Nikos Panagiotopoulos affirmed the position of the Mitsotakis Government that, while it opposes the Prespa treaty, it considers the Greek obligations stemming from it as valid. Panagiotopoulos said that the only way out of the treaty is if one side openly begins to violate it,...

Macedonia 11.07.19 | 23:28

Zaev reveals that support for the name change when he signed the Prespa treaty was just 17 percent

In a TV interview on Thursday evening, Zoran Zaev revealed that popular support for the name change was mere 17 percent in 2018, when it was imposed on the country. Zaev tried to present himself as a brave politician who went against the citizens of his country with the statement. When I signed the Prespa...

Macedonia 04.07.19 | 11:44

Mitsotakis says Tsipras made a trade when he accepted the Prespa treaty, adds it will be difficult to walk away from the deal

Greek opposition leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis, who is widely expected to win the elections this Sunday speculated that Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras accepted the Prespa treaty after he was conditioned by foreign countries with the continued financial assistance to avoid bankruptcy. In an interview with...

Macedonia 19.06.19 | 14:51

Greek shadow foreign minister asks EU why it pushed for Prespa, if it’s going to block Macedonia’s accession anyway?

Greek shadow foreign minister Georgios Koumoutsakos accused the European countries of hypocrisy after a number of them rejected Macedonia’s request to open EU accession talks, after previously pushing both Macedonia and Greece to sign the Prespa treaty. Koumoutsakos comes from the New Democracy...

Macedonia 19.06.19 | 14:44

Janusev: We now see that the capitulation in Prespa is not enough

In response to the rejection of the Macedonian request to open EU accession talks over the summer, VMRO-DPMNE Secretary General Igor Janusev said that it is now clear that the “capitulation in Prespa” was not enough. Janusev blames the Zaev Government and its lack of reforms for the negative...

Macedonia 19.06.19 | 11:47

Greek Foreign Minister reminds Macedonia that it’s bound to respect the Prespa treaty

Speaking for the Greek ERT station, Foreign Minister Georgios Katrougalos reminded Macedonia that, with the first post-Prespa European Council dedicated to enlargement, the country is now under obligation to respect and implement the treaty. Macedonia was denied opening accession talks despite signing...

Macedonia 17.06.19 | 21:46

Siljanovska to Zaev: You can celebrate Prespa, we will protect our name

Gordana Siljanovska – Davkova, the opposition candidate at the recent presidential elections in Macedonia, told Zoran Zaev that he can celebrate the Prespa treaty if he wants to – “we will protect our name”. Siljanovska shared her response over her social media accounts on the...

Macedonia 17.06.19 | 15:02

Zaev praises the Prespa treaty at the anniversary of its signing

Following a military demonstration during the maneuvers held on the Krivolak army range, Zoran Zaev gave a statement praising the Prespa treaty, signed a year ago today, as a move which brought benefits to the country. In Prespa we gained a new friend. It’s not that we had serious enmity with Greece...

Macedonia 11.06.19 | 10:51

VMRO is prepared to renegotiate the Prespa treaty with New Democracy

VMRO leader Hristijan Mickoski says that he considers the NATO integration of Macedonia a “done deal”, but is open to renegotiate the Prespa treaty as the EU accession is getting stalled. Pressed by a journalist on Monday evening about the VMRO-DPMNE position regarding the Prespa treaty, Mickoski...

Macedonia 09.06.19 | 12:15

Greek Kathimerini: For the first time, it’s not Greece’s fault that “Skopje” won’t begin its EU accession talks

Greek daily Kathimerini quotes pro-Zaev commentators from Macedonia who believe that, even with the likely return to power of the Greek conservative New Democracy party, the Prespa treaty will remain in force. The paper is visibly amused by the fact that, despite signing the treaty, Macedonia will again...

Macedonia 30.04.19 | 22:53

Osmani says the Prespa treaty could collapse if Macedonia doesn’t open EU accession talks

Bujar Osmani, Zoran Zaev’s Deputy Prime Minister in charge of EU integration, warned that if Macedonia doesn’t receive a date to open accession talks, it could undermine the Prespa treaty. I think that if June or 2019 are taken off the table for accession talks, the entire process could collapse,...

Macedonia 10.04.19 | 21:53

Siljanovska says even Greeks can’t believe the concessions they got Macedonia to accept

Speaking about the Prespa treaty, presidential candidate Gordana Siljanovska – Davkova pointed out how Greek politicians are openly jubilant about the concessions the Zoran Zaev Government made. I need to and have to keep pointing out that the treaty is not good, that it intrudes onto our right...

Macedonia 02.04.19 | 17:43

Zaev believes that his Prespa treaty will survive even when the opposition parties take over

Zoran Zaev insisted today that the Prespa treaty he signed with Alexis Tsipras and imposed on Macedonia in violation of the will of the people, can not be altered by the next Macedonian Government. Large majorities in both Macedonia and Greece opposed the treaty, as did the opposition parties in both...

Macedonia 15.03.19 | 15:06

As President, Siljanovska will work to reverse violations of human rights contained in the Prespa treaty

Opposition candidate Gordana Siljanovska said that, if elected President, she will work to reverse the Prespa treaty and anull the articles which violate human rights. We already have reviews from international experts about the Prespa treaty and the public knows their positions. They dared to say that...

Macedonia 11.03.19 | 17:13

Ivanov refuses to sign laws passed under the name “Republic of North Macedonia”

Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov has refused to sign laws adopted by the Parliament sent to him with the name “Republic of North Macedonia”. The President refuses to accept the Prespa treaty and did not sign it, leading to a legal precedent when the ratification act was published in the...

Macedonia 07.03.19 | 21:00

The Prespa treaty is a tragedy inflicted on the Republic of Macedonia and on the Macedonian citizens

The Prespa treaty is not a proper solution and it does not protect the interests of the Republic of Macedonia and of the Macedonian people. As time goes by, we will all begin to realise that, said VMRO-DPMNE leader Hristijan Mickoski in an interview with Alfa TV. I can’t understand the motive of...

Macedonia 28.02.19 | 14:30

US acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of State praises the Prespa treaty in meeting with Greek journalists

During a meeting with Greek journalists, US acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Matthew Palmer called the Prespa treaty to rename Macedonia into North Macedonia is an excellent diplomatic achievement and told “North Macedonia” that its future progress toward the EU will depend on fully...

Macedonia 20.02.19 | 13:26

State prosecutors refuse to act on proposed charge of high treason against Zaev and Dimitrov

The Public Prosecutor’s Office (OJO) informed that it will now begin a case for high treason against Prime Minister Zoran Zaev and Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov. The request came from the World Macedonian Congress which asked OJO to declare the signing of the Prespa treaty as a clear case of...

Macedonia 18.02.19 | 13:15

German Minister warns Macedonia and Greece of consequences if they walk away from the Prespa treaty

German state minister for Europe Michael Roth expressed his belief that neither Macedonia nor Greece will try to re-open the name issue, despite the fact that the Prespa treaty was rejected by the majorities of citizens on both sides of the border and the two conservative parties were ignored in the...

Macedonia 11.02.19 | 18:22

World Macedonian Congress calls on President Ivanov to inform UN members that the name change is unlawfully ratified

The World Macedonian Congress calls on President Gjorge Ivanov to urgently inform all UN member states that the so-called Prespa agreement is null and void, given that it was not signed by the Presidents of the two countries but by Foreign Ministers Nikola Dimitrov and Nikos Kotzias. President Ivanov...

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