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Macedonia 24.06.19 | 20:47

French Ambassador Thimonier bluntly lists areas where Macedonia falls short

French Ambassador to Macedonia Christian Thimonier bluntly explained why the country can’t expect French approval to get a date to open EU accession talks, when he pointed to rampant corruption and partisan influences over the public administration. Thimonier asked why is everybody pushing on a...

Macedonia 24.06.19 | 13:55

In scathing resignation letter, Deputy Education Minister tells Zaev the Government failed to enact reforms

Deputy Education Minister Petar Atansov from the SDSM party announced his resignation today, saying that he was not allowed to effect meaningful change in the ten months he held the office. Atanasov adds that he is resigning as it is clear that the “revolution has begun to devour its children”. I...

Macedonia 24.06.19 | 11:02

Kiracovski is the one who should apologize

SDSM member of Parliament and recently dismissed Secretary General of the party Aleksandar Kiracovski sent a letter requesting an apology from Republika. We are bound by law to publish it, no matter how nebulous. We are also bound to state our side of the case. The request, sent through a legal representative:...

Macedonia 23.06.19 | 13:17

Tevdovski out, Zaev names himself Finance Minister

Zoran Zaev today announced the details of his purge of the Government, and the most notable change is that he himself will be assuming the position of Finance Minister, removing Dragan Tevdovski from this post. Other ministers who will be getting replaced include mostly less important departments, such...

Macedonia 22.06.19 | 11:06

Pendarovski says that Goce Delcev’s identity is a red line which Macedonia “probably” won’t be able to cross

President Stevo Pendarovski warned that for Macedonia, saying that Goce Delcev is a Bulgarian is a red line which the country “probably won’t be able to cross”. Still, Pendarovski acknowledged that the legendary VMRO leader did write that he was a Bulgarian, adding that he fought for...

Macedonia 21.06.19 | 11:50

Mickoski says the Special Prosecutor’s Office is a partisan tool used to attack political opponents

Discussing the Special Prosecutor’s Office, whose mandate is one of the issues that some EU member states want resolved before allowing the opening of accession talks, VMRO-DPMNE President Hristijan Mickoski said that this is a partisan institution used to persecute political opponents. VMRO made...

News 20.06.19 | 23:10

Mickoski: Zoran Zaev signed the Prespa treaty to become a Prime Minister and save himself from corruption charges

In an interview with the Albanian language Klan TV, VMRO-DPMNE leader Hristijan Mickoski said that Zoran Zaev signed the Prespa treaty in order to become Prime Minister and to save himself from the series of corruption charges following him, but also so that he can use his power to expand his business...

Economy 19.06.19 | 15:17

Mickoski warns that the budget revenue shortfall will reach 82 million EUR by the end of the year

VMRO-DPMNE leader Hristijan Mickoski warns Finance Minister Dragan Tevdovski that he’s failing to meet the budget revenue projections by 2.4 percent, endangering the budget. If this trend continues, we are looking at a gap of 82 million EUR. This would be a huge number for any country in the region,...

News 18.06.19 | 17:35

European foreign ministers reach decision: No summer accession date for Macedonia, better luck in October

The GAC council of the European Union closed its discussion on enlargement in Luxembourg and decided not to open EU accession talks with Macedonia this summer. The matter will be examined again in October, the conclusions announce. The idea to decouple Macedonia from Albania to ensure that the decision...

Economy 18.06.19 | 11:18

VMRO-DPMNE warns about the worsening economic data, says they’re caused by the Government’s anti-business policies

A week after warning about the large gap in tax inflows, VMRO-DPMNE leader Hristijan Mickoski disclosed additional details about the problems faced by the UJP revenue service and said that they are emblematic of the wrongheaded economic policies of high taxation and regulation pursued by Zaev’s...

Macedonia 16.06.19 | 21:36

Mickoski promises a Macedonian renewal

Speaking at the conference held in honor of the 29th anniversary of the founding of VMRO-DPMNE, party leader Hristiajn Mickoski pledged the renewal of Macedonia after, what he said, is a string of defeats and trading away of vital Macedonian national interests. After all the storms, all the troubles...

Macedonia Sport 16.06.19 | 12:04

As Macedonia plays Greece, Zaev’s main goal is to avoid another embarrassment

This afternoon the Macedonian handball team hosts Greece in the final qualifier of the European Championship. Macedonia already secured its place in the championship, but a win or a draw will make Macedonia number one in the group, and avenge the defeat in Kozani in October. The game comes at a time...

Macedonia 15.06.19 | 15:43

Rama asks Pendarovski to remember who had him elected President, after he calls for the “decoupling” of Macedonia from Albania

Reuters reports that Macedonia will receive approval to open EU accession talks later this year, while Albania will be left out. This, and a comment from Macedonian President Stevo Pendarovski, sparked a bitter tweet from Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama. In an interview with Euractiv Pendarovski called...

Macedonia 15.06.19 | 10:56

Trial census being conducted in a dozen of municipalities

A dozen municipalities across Macedonia will conduct a trial census, in preparation of the controversial 2020 census. Citizens will be asked to fill in a number of questionnaires about their households, living and economic conditions, social and ethnic background. The trial will cover some of Skopje’s...

Macedonia 13.06.19 | 21:52

The census is evidence of a secret plan to redefine Macedonia

VMRO-DPMNE leader Hristijan Mickoski claims that the planned 2020 census is part of a plan to redefine Macedonia, forged between Zoran Zaev and DUI leader Ali Ahmeti between the two rounds of the presidential elections. The Government wants to use the census to give a mathematical backing to its political...

Macedonia 13.06.19 | 14:00

As Zaev claims that EU accession talks begin in September, Merkel makes no such pledge

As Zoran Zaev claims that German Chancellor Angela Merkel promised that Germany will approve the opening of EU accession talks for Macedonia in September, the statement from the Bundeskanzleramt contains no such promise. Merkel made no statement before or after her meeting with Zaev this morning, and...

Macedonia 13.06.19 | 12:20

Zaev’s Government says Merkel promised him EU accession talks in September

Zoran Zaev concluded his meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel this morning, and left without making a statement, but his Government later informed that Merkel promised that Macedonia will open EU accession talks in September. A statement from Zaev is expected later in the day. The Prime Minister...

Macedonia 13.06.19 | 09:30

Zaev is having a crucial morning meeting with Merkel

In Berlin, Prime Minister Zoran Zaev is having a morning meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel, which should determine the next stage of political events in Macedonia. Zaev presented the meeting as the decisive moment when Germany will either push for Macedonia to open EU accession talks this summer,...

Macedonia 12.06.19 | 14:24

Tusk tells Pendarovski that some EU member states are opposed to opening EU accession talks with Macedonia

Outgoing European Council President Donald Tusk said that there is opposition to open EU accession talks with Macedonia. Tusk met President Stevo Pendarovski in Brussels today. I don’t want to prejudge EU decisions. You have done everything that was expected of you. But I want to be honest with...

Macedonia 10.06.19 | 21:26

Mickoski says Zaev’s political deals have created inter-ethnic friction and deep concerns

In an interview with Telma TV, VMRO-DPMNE leader Hristijan Mickoski called on Prime Minister Zoran Zaev to explain what it the nature of the agreement he made with the Albanian parties, especially Ali Ahmeti’s DUI, to secure their support for his presidential candidate Stevo Pendarovski in the...

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