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Macedonia 12:08

Macedonian Government spokesmen divided along ethnic lines over effects of the Albanian language law

Macedonian Government spokesman Muhamed Hoxha told reporters that the law on the use of the Albanian language will certainly mean hiring additional public sector employees to translate and communicate with citizens in Albanian, beyond the constitutional framework which provides that minority languages...

Macedonia 11:46

“Nationality” means one thing in Macedonia and something entirely different in Greece

In its note sent to Athens, the Macedonian Foreign Ministry assures the Greek Ministry that “the term ‘nationality’ of the Second Party defined in Article 1 (3) (b) of the Agreement as ‘Macedonian/citizen of the Republic of North Macedonia’, refers exclusively to citizenship...

Macedonia 21:04

Mickoski meets with coalition partners to jointly demand early general elections

VMRO-DPMNE leader Hristijan Mickoski met today with the leaders of the smaller parties in the VMRO lead coalition For a Better Macedonia to underline the request for early general elections which would be held along with the presidential elections in late April. Mickoski and the other leaders raised...

Macedonia 20:53

After meeting Dimitrov, Cavusoglu emphasized that Turkey recognizes Macedonia under its constitutional name

Turkish Foreign Affairs Minister Mevluc Cavusloglu reminded his Macedonian counterpart that Turkey supports Macedonia in the name argument against Greece. Dimitrov visited Ankara as the Government is conceding on the name issue, and agreeing the rename the country under Greek pressure. Cavusoglu used...

Balkans 22:44

Tsipras survives no confidence motion by one vote, has to push Macedonia deal through Parliament next

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras survived the vote of no confidence with the narrowest possible margin of 151 votes in favor. The opposition had 148 votes against him. This means that the Government now has to maintain this narrow majority in the 300 seats Parliament to push through the Macedonia...

Macedonia 21:16

Mickoski offers choice between a “humiliated North Macedonia” and a “prosperous Republic of Macedonia”

VMRO-DPMNE leader Hristijan Mickoski presented the offer before the voters at the coming presidential, and possible early general elections, as one between a “humiliated North Macedonia” or a “prosperous Republic of Macedonia”. Under Zoran Zaev’s leadership Macedonia is...

Macedonia 21:00

Kammenos demands a referendum on the name deal

Outoging Greek Defense Minister Panos Kammenos called on Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to immediately call for a referendum on the Macedonian name agreement which Tsipras signed with Zoran Zaev. The call comes as the Greek Parliament is expected to conclude the second day of discussions on the no-confidence...

Macedonia 22:41

Mickoski sees big VMRO win in the coming elections

VMRO-DPMNE leader Hristijan Mickoski reiterated his call for early general elections as the only way to restore the country to the people. Mickoski blamed Zoran Zaev and his Government with destroying Macedonian democracy with its abuse of the judiciary, forcing political decisions and the all around...

Macedonia 15:17

President Ivanov says the Prespa agreement and Albanian language law ratification is brutal violation of the Constitution

Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov strongly condemned the decision of the ruling SDSM and DUI parties to publish the constitutional amendments and the law on the use of languages in the Official Gazette, even though the President did not sign either of them. President Ivanov says that this is highly...

Macedonia 11:29

Greece rejects Russian comments on the Macedonian name issue

Greece responded to the press release from the Russian Foreign Affairs Ministry, which said that the Prespa treaty is being imposed on Macedonia but also on Greece from the outside, in face of public opposition at home. According to the Greek Foreign Ministry, the agreement is “an internationally...

Macedonia 11:21

Trial resumes for Durlovski, Cento, Cavkov and other political prisoners who refused amnesty

In the Skopje Criminal Court the trial will continue today for the five political prisoners who refused amnesty and 13 others whose requests were denied, over the April 2017 Parliament incident. The defendants include opera singer Igor Durlovski, political activist Jane Cento – heir to the Cento...

Macedonia 08:51

Law making Albanian language official across Macedonia published without the President’s signature

The law on the use of languages, which expands the official use of the Albanian language across the whole of Macedonia, was published in the Official Gazette yesterday, despite not being signed by President Gjorge Ivanov. Speaker Talat Xhaferi said that he has signed the law in a social media post, in...

Macedonia 20:17

Russia says that the name deal is imposed on both Macedonia and Greece, wants to take it before the UNSC

Russian Foreign Ministry informed on Monday that it will demand a discussion in the United Nations Security Council on the Macedonian name issue. The dispute is subject to two UNSC resolutions, and Russia today said that it will have to be resolved there. On January 11th the Parliament of the Republic...

Macedonia 20:04

Initiative to hold another referendum on the name, with a direct yes or no question on “North Macedonia”

The World Macedonian Congress (WMC), which successfully initiated the 2004 referendum against redrawing the municipal borders in Macedonia, announced it will begin collecting 150.000 signatures to hold a new referendum on the name issue. As WMC President Todor Petrov said, the question will be “are...

Macedonia 19:30

Hahn advises Macedonia not to hold early general elections

European Commissioner Johannes Hahn told Macedonia not to hold early general elections. In an interview with the state run MIA news agency, Hahn says that his “modest advice” is to avoid the vote. The country should use the very positive moment created with the Prespa treaty because our goal...

Macedonia 19:25

VMRO may boycott the presidential elections if general elections are not called

VMRO-DPMNE announced it may boycott the presidential elections in spring if early general elections are not held at the same time. Igor Janusev, the Secretary General of the opposition party, said that there are strong reasons why VMRO calls for early general elections along with the presidential vote...

Macedonia 19:15

Amendments to rename Macedonia published in the Official Gazette despite not being signed by President Ivanov

Even without a signature from President Ivanov, the Official Gazette of the Republic of Macedonia today published the amendments pushed through the Parliament on Friday, which rename Macedonia into North Macedonia. The amendments bear the signature of Talat Xhaferi, not President Ivanov. According to...

Macedonia 11:24

Vevcani carnival goers mock members of Parliament who “sold the name”, including one of their own

Revelers at the world famous Vevcani carnival were inspired by the push to change the name of Macedonia for their masks. At the millenia old carnival that dates back to the Pagan times the people of Vevcani use masks to mock their rules, and lately, politicians. A target of their ire this year was one...

Macedonia 11:04

Government Minister annoyed by the Macedonian handball team

As Macedonian handball players were celebrating their 28:23 win against Bahrain at the World championship in Germany, Minister Damjan Mancevski called on them not to make any political statements during the tournament. Several players were outspoken in their opposition to the name change, which the ruling...

Macedonia 10:10

Mickoski: VMRO will not make false promises in the run up to the elections

VMRO-DPMNE leader Hristijan Mickoski met with the people of Gjorce Petrov on Sunday, to welcome the New Year under the Old Style calendar (Vasilica). Mickoski repeated the call for early general elections in spring, which he said are necessary to get Macedonia away from the losing track. We want the...

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