Tag: prespa
Macedonia 02.03.20 | 14:24

Crvenkovski: The Prespa treaty was a bitter shock for the public

Former Macedonian President and Prime Minister Branko Crvenkovski said that the Prespa treaty left a bitter taste in the mouths of the nation. Crvenkovski, who rarely does public events, attended the Kopaonik business forum with other former regional officials where he said that the forced name change...

Macedonia 26.02.20 | 19:04

Tripunovski inspects the environmental damage done to lake Prespa, says the situation is critical

Interim Deputy Agriculture Minister Cvetan Tripunovski went to lake Prespa today to inspect the damage caused by the badly receding water levels. Alarming footage shared recently shows beaches that would normally be on the shoreline now completely dry. The situation is alarming. We are losing our natural...

Macedonia 21.12.19 | 19:25

“Never North, Always Macedonia” echoes during the VMRO rally

A powerful and unanimous rejection of the imposed name change was evident during the large VMRO rally in Skopje today, when just as party leader Hristijan Mickoski was preparing to speak the thousands strong crowd broke into a chant of “Never North Always Macedonia”. This is the rallying...

Macedonia 04.11.19 | 11:16

Greek diplomats prepare directions for Zaev, are worried that VMRO might win the elections, To Vima reports

Greek paper To Vima reports that the Mitsotakis Government is looking into different options it can take as Macedonia was stuck in its EU integration, and as a result, calls to abandon the Prespa treaty are growing. The Greek diplomats were reportedly worried that a win for the VMRO-DPMNE party at the...

Macedonia 30.10.19 | 13:26

Flip flop: Zaev now says that he will fully implement the Prespa treaty

Following his warning on Tuesday that the Prespa treaty will be impossible to implement if Macedonia doesn’t begin its EU accession talks, Zoran Zave today flopped and said that he will fully implement the treaty. His statement today comes after Greek politicians warned Zaev that failure to implement...

Macedonia 29.10.19 | 15:19

Zaev now says that the Prespa treaty can’t be implemented without the EU accession talks

Prime Minister Zoran Zaev told Euronews that the implementation of the Prespa treaty will be affected if Macedonia doesn’t open its EU accession talks. While Euronews is yet to air the full interview, Greek ANA – MPA news agency is reporting that he linked the domestic implementation of the...

Macedonia 18.10.19 | 10:11

Logger killed while working near lake Prespa

A young logger was killed yesterday while working in the village of Brajcino on lake Prespa. The 27 year old man who was originally from Skopje had an accident early afternoon, when a tree fell on him. An emergency response team found him dead on the spot.

News 17.10.19 | 22:24

The Prespa treaty can’t be implemented domestically, in Macedonia, without EU accession talks

A failure to open EU accession talks would clearly create a political environment making the further implementation of the Prespa treaty impossible. But politics aside, the treaty itself contains a clause that makes its implementation, at least domestically, in Macedonia, impossible if EU accession talks...

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...

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