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Culture 20:25

Culture Minister Ademi will fund a grand opera about Albanian national hero Skenderbeg, while cutting Macedonian cultural projects

Along with the scandalous move to slash funding of Macedonian cultural events but boost it for Albanian events, the Culture Ministry plans to spend 6.5 million denars on a nationalist pet project by Minister Asaf Ademi. The Skenderbeg play opera will celebrate Albanian national hero Georg Kastrioti Skendebeg,...

Macedonia 18:59

First round of presidential elections scheduled for April 21st, second on May 5th

The first round of the presidential elections will be held on April 21st, Speaker Talat Xhaferi decided on Friday. If no candidate wins outright, the second round will be held two weeks later, on May 5th. Along with the presidential elections, two rounds of municipal elections will be held – for...

Culture 16:36

Culture Ministry cuts funding for some of the best known events, diverts money to Albanian cultural projects

The Culture Ministry decided to cut its financial support for some of the best known cultural events such as the Skopje Jazz Festival and its spin-off, the Off Fest festival. This decision caused outrage in the public, and even some of the Government appointed culture committee members voiced their condemnation. We...

Macedonia 14:43

Stoilkovski: Schools ordered to delete the name Republic of Macedonia from school buildings

SDSM wiped out the Republic of Macedonia in front of the eyes of the children, in front of the pupils’ eyes. With no sense of statehood, on January 31, the municipalities in the Republic of Macedonia received guidelines from the Government, followed by an order to delete the name Republic of Macedonia...

Macedonia 13:47

We urgently need to change ” Siljanica ” and take the lead

Suddenly, we all take photos and see that many of the most active do not take photos, which means they were not happy. Then it became clear to me that their idea was in fact not to adopt a law. Then MP Tuferdzic, a student representative, two ladies from [the Faculty of] Philosophy appeared and I told...

Macedonia 23:11

Siljanovska: My father fought for Macedonian state, I will not deviate from his path

University professor Gordana Siljanovska-Davkova in a Facebook post explained that her father Aleksandar Siljanovski was her greatest inspiration for the presidential nomination. She posted a photo of her father who was a fighter at the National Liberation War (NLW) and part of the Macedonian-Kosovo...

Macedonia 22:19

Nikovski: If early parliamentary elections are held, SDSM will catastrophically lose

I think that there is no theoretical chance for the government to accept early parliamentary elections because it will lose it in a catastrophic way, and there must be such elections absolutely, because everything that was done during their mandate, especially around these capitulating deals with Greece...

Macedonia 15:50

Government insists its PR move to remove the iron fence will cost nothing, but won’t disclose contract with companies who performed it

Government representatives made conflicting statements regarding the photo op move today, when the cast iron fence around the Government building was removed. Zoran Zaev made a promise to remove the fence during the Colored Revolution his SDSM party began, when his supporters made several attempts to...

Macedonia 15:02

Tensions between Macedonian and Albanian teachers and students in Skopje high school

Macedonian teachers and students at the “Marie Curie Sklodowska” chemistry high school in Skopje are protesting after Skopje Mayor Petre Silegov appointed Blerim Nebiu, an ethnic Albanian teacher, as school principal. The boycott began on Wednesday afternoon and the teachers and students...

Macedonia 14:45

VMRO deputy leader Nikoloski holds meetings in D.C. to raise alarm over developments in Macedonia

VMRO-DPMNE deputy leader Aleksandar Nikoloski, who is visiting Washington D.C. for the Prayer breakfast, said that the meetings in the US capital are held in order to raise alarm over the developments in Macedonia. We met with the NDI President and with members of Congress, and in the coming days we’ll...

Macedonia 13:24

Interior Minister Spasovski expands fight with DUI with corruption allegations and pressure over the presidential elections

Interior Minister Oliver Spasovski is establishing himself as the main opponent of the continued SDSM coalition with the ethnic Albanian DUI party, likely over his presidential ambitions. In an interview with 1TV on Wednesday, Spasovski announced criminal charges against DUI, while at the same time rejecting...

Macedonia 12:08

Facebook heaps scorn on member of Parliament who voted to rename Macedonia in exchange for public job for her daughter

A comment from actress Vesna Petrusevska, condemning the latest example of giving public jobs to the children of politically plugged officials, went viral online. Petrusevska reacted after Emilija Aleksandrova, member of Parliament from VMRO-DPMNE who broke her publicly made promise to vote against renaming...

Macedonia 09:58

Interior Minister Spasovski threatens coalition partner DUI with criminal charges

Interior Minister Oliver Spasovski, who comes from the SDSM party, threatened his coalition partner DUI with criminal charges and investigations. Spasovski made the threat as DUI announced it will run its own presidential candidate and will not necessarily support the SDSM candidate if it doesn’t...

Macedonia 09:56

Mihajlovski: The Prespa treaty is even worse than the Bucharest treaty

Acting legend and conservative activist Toni Mihajlovski believes that the Prespa treaty to rename Macedonia is merely a continuation of the 1913 Bucharest treaty which partitioned the region of Macedonia and dealt a blow to the push to create a Macedonian nation state. Mihajlovski called for a legal...

Macedonia 23:02

Nikoloski in Washington: Elections without ballot stuffing to be a condition for EU and NATO

Holding democratic elections, without ballot stuffing, to be a condition for membership in NATO and start of EU negotiations, said VMRO-DPMNE Vice President, Aleksandar Nikoloski, in Washington, where he held a bilateral meeting with the top leadership of the National Democratic Institute (NDI). “Nikoloski...

Macedonia 12:46

NATO used the Macedonian flag emoji to avoid naming the Macedonian language

During the live stream of the signing of the Macedonian NATO accession protocol, NATO used to Macedonian flag to avoid referring to the language of the country as “Macedonian”. Viewers accessing the live stream were able to choose to listen in English, French, and even Russian. The three...

Macedonia 11:44

NATO countries sign Macedonia’s accession protocol, it’s now up to Greece to ratify it

NATO countries signed today the accession protocol for the Republic of Macedonia, which, after ratification, should join NATO as its 30th member. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, who alternated between referring to Macedonia as “the future Republic of North Macedonia” and “Skopje”,...

Macedonia 11:01

Even after the name change, Dimitrov acknowledges that joining the EU will be difficult

Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov acknowledged that even after being forced to change its name, Macedonia will have difficulty joining the European Union. We have missed a few European trains, and while we were in the waiting room, the region and the EU changed, including how they do accession. The appetite...

Macedonia 23:02

Following his meeting with Mickoski, EPP President Daul demands transparent and democratic elections in Macedonia

Following his meeting with VMRO-DPMNE President Hristijan Mickoski, European People’s Party President Joseph Daul demanded that Government ensures the upcoming presidential elections in Macedonia are fully transparent and democratic. This comes after Mickoski, who is meeting EPP officials in Brussels,...

Macedonia 22:45

Air pollution kills up to 1.250 people in Skopje alone, Minister Duraku says it would be too expensive to fix the problem

Professor Dragan Georgiev from the Institute for Public Health estimates that the world record levels of winter time air pollution in the capital Skopje cause between 850 and 1.250 deaths each year. And yet, Environment Protection Minister Sadula Duraku insists that resolving the problem is too expensive...

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