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Macedonia 12:43

Zaev says he still doesn’t have the necessary votes, will assume responsibility if he fails

Prime Minister Zoran Zaev said that he still doesn’t have the support of 80 members of Parliament for the deal to rename Macedonia into North Macedonia, despite the announcement from his party yesterday that they have the two thirds majority. Zaev insists that only 80 votes are needed to amend...

Macedonia 21:08

Zaev is waiting for Merkel

The Macedonian Parliament session to rename the country into North Macedonia was called off today after Prime Minister Zoran Zaev gave his remarks in defense of the proposal. Shortly after, Speaker Talat Xhaferi surprisingly adjourned the Parliament with the explanation that members should have to get...

Macedonia 14:53

VMRO leader Mickoski joins protests against the name change

VMRO-DPMNE President Hristijan Mickoski joined the protesters who braved the snow and gathered in front of the Macedonian Parliament building on Wednesday to protest against the proposal to amend the Constitution to rename Macedonia into North Macedonia. Mickoski called for dignified protests against...

Macedonia 11:14

The final vote: Macedonian Parliament begins session to rename the country

In the Macedonian Parliament, a session is scheduled today to vote on the four amendments which, if accepted, would rename Macedonia into North Macedonia. The amendments would remove nearly all mention of Macedonia in the Constitution and replace it with North Macedonia, and give a number of additional...

Macedonia 11:07

Siljanovska: Members of Parliament who vote “yes” are not only immoral but likely committing criminal acts

Constitutional law professor Gordana Siljanovska Davkova, who wrote an extensive analysis critical of the Prespa agreement, warned that members of Parliament who vote to rename the country are doing something that is not only immoral but also illegal on a number of counts. Everything was done in violation...

Macedonia 19:45

Renaming Macedonia: Zaev makes additional concessions to get Albanian votes

During a series of meetings with ethnic Albanian opposition leaders on Tuesday, Zoran Zaev accepted further changes to the Constitution that erode the position of the Macedonian nation in the Republic of Macedonia. The BESA and Alliance of Albanians parties said they will not vote to amend the Constitution...

Macedonia 15:24

Osmani calls on ethnic Albanian parties to support amendments that rename Macedonia

Deputy Prime Minister Bujar Osmani called on the two smaller, opposition ethnic Albanian parties BESA and Alliance of Albanians to support the amendments to rename Macedonia into North Macedonia. According to Osmani, who comes from the near-permanently ruling ethnic Albanian party DUI, joining NATO should...

Macedonia 14:54

Police prepares for possible protests ahead of Parliament session to rename Macedonia into North Macedonia

The Interior Ministry is preparing for protests expected on Wednesday, when the Parliament begins to discuss the proposed amendments to rename Macedonia into North Macedonia. Institutions around the Parliament building were ordered not to use the parking space around the Parliament because it will be...

Macedonia 14:44

Healthcare Ministry tries to assure public after MMR vaccine expiry date fears

The Healthcare Ministry assured the public that all MMR vaccines being used in Macedonia are safe, after a tremendously damaging incident when a child was vaccinated with a vaccine showing an expired date. “Makedonijalek”, which imported the vaccine, says that it has conducted an internal...

Macedonia 10:34

Gruevski received offers from prosecutors – leniency in exchange for his support to rename Macedonia

The Infomax news site has published an extensive conversation with a person who has met with former Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski in his exile in Budapest. The name of the interlocutor is not disclosed by the site to avoid exposing him to danger. In the report, Gruevski is quoted as saying that he was...

Macedonia 19:40

Mickoski expects a big win for VMRO-DPMNE at the coming presidential elections

VMRO-DPMNE leader Hristijan Mickoski said that he expects the opposition party to win in the upcoming presidential elections. VMRO-DPMNE is in the process of selecting its candidate for the elections expected in April. I personally expect a big win for VMRO-DPMNE at the coming presidential elections....

Macedonia 21:04

Macedonians celebrate Christmas

Macedonians gathered on Sunday for Christmas eve according to the Julian calendar which is in force in the Macedonian Orthodox Church. The traditional day of Badnik begins with children visiting their neighbors in the early morning hours, receiving gifts of fruits and candy, and ends with a Badnik dinner...

Macedonia 20:42

Sekerinska expects Greece to ratify Macedonia’s NATO accession shortly after if ratifies the Prespa treaty

Defense Minister Radmila Sekerinska said that she expects Greece to receive the NATO protocol for accession of Macedonia as soon as the Zaev – Tsipras treaty is ratified by both countries. Greek politicians are discussing how to approach the ratification of the treaty in case the Macedonian Parliament...

Macedonia 20:13

Jani Makraduli’s wife also got Government contracts

Deputy Environmental Minister Jani Makraduli has joined the growing list of Government officials who have received money from public contracts, through close relatives. In Makraduli’s case, a company co-owned by his wife Maja ha received software development contracts worth nearly 90.000 EUR from...

Macedonia 21:48

Mickoski: Zaev’s Government is fleecing taxpayers to provide for its corrupt procurement contracts

VMRO-DPMNE leader Hristijan Mickoski visited Tetovo on Saturday and met with supporters in Jegunovce, as well as in the St. Naum of Ohrid monastery in the Popova Sapka ski resort. Mickoski said that the Zoran Zaev Government is only interested in increasing taxes and other fees, so it can get more money...

Economy 21:18

Government plans to make insurance for foreign travel mandatory for all vehicles

Motorists in Macedonia will be hit by a significant new fee as the Government announced that it will make purchasing insurance for foreign countries mandatory for all drivers. The so-called green card costs between 60 and 90 EUR for the year. Vehicles without it are not allowed to leave the country,...

Macedonia 21:33

Interior Ministry orders large shipment of new passports, won’t disclose under what name

The Interior Ministry ordered 240.000 blank passports, raising questions over whether it expects the attempt to rename Macedonia into North Macedonia to fail, or if it already began ordering passports with the “Republic of North Macedonia”. The Ministry wouldn’t tell under what name...

Macedonia 18:26

Zaev hopes for a “consensual” presidential candidate with DUI

Prime Minister Zoran Zaev said that he hopes there will be a “consensual” candidate for President supported by the ruling coalition of SDSM and DUI. Zaev did not clarify the criteria for a “consensual” candidate, but it is believed to mean a person acceptable to both the Macedonian...

Macedonia 18:18

Special Prosecutor Janeva published classified documents again

Less than two months after she sent a still classified document to the court to be used as evidence, Special Prosecutor Katica Janeva has again revealed classified documents, this time in a Serbian TV report meant to aggrandize her work. In the report titled “Charlie’s Angels” viewers...

Macedonia 13:52

Zaev assures Greeks that the Prespa treaty will be irreversible

Prime Minister Zoran Zaev told Greek Iefimerida Ton Syntakton that he will not run for President because he “doesn’t want to distract himself from the joy of resolving the name issue”. Still, Zaev said he remains concerned about whether the deal he concluded with Alexis Tsipras will...

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