Tag: Zaev
Macedonia 24.06.19 | 17:13

Zaev will have the option to retreat to the Finance Ministry in case of early elections

Zoran Zaev’s unexpected decision to nominate himself as Finance Minister raised an interesting theory – that he is preparing a backup option in case of early elections. Under the so-called Przino treaty rules – rules which Zaev insisted on when he was leader of the opposition, the Prime...

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 23.06.19 | 17:40

Zaev says he resolved all other problems, so now it’s time he focused on the economy

Zoran Zaev explained his decision to nominate himself as Finance Minister by saying that after resolving other major political problems of Macedonia, he can now focus on the economy. Zaev was referring to the concessions he made to Greece and Bulgaria, which he expects will open Macedonia’s EU...

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 21.06.19 | 15:59

Zaev postpones his “purge” for Sunday

Zoran Zaev announced that he will not reveal the names of the purged and the new Government ministers today, as was initially expected. He now says that the proposal will be submitted to the Parliament on Sunday. Zaev cited visits from a group of foreign finance ministers and World Bank and IMF officials...

Macedonia 21.06.19 | 15:07

Zaev condemns threats against journalist who revealed corruption in his SDSM party

Prime Minister Zoran Zaev wrote a Facebook post in support of journalist Branko Geroski, after an activist of his SDSM party threatened to throw him in the Vardar river. Geroski, once a strong supporter of Zaev who recently parted ways with SDSM, has been publishing a series of reports accusing the ruling...

Macedonia 21.06.19 | 12:30

Zaev replies to Borisov: Let’s mature together

After Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov raised the prospect of blocking Macedonia’s EU accession in the latest historic feud, Zoran Zaev replied that both countries need to mature together. We signed a treaty of friendship with Bulgaria and not one of problems and recriminations. We agreed...

Macedonia 21.06.19 | 10:44

Zaev expected to reveal which ministers get purged today

The Parliament is expected to receive Zoran Zaev’s proposals for dismissal and appointment of new Government ministers today. Zaev still hasn’t revealed the victims and the winners of his long announced purge, in which he promised to remove the most corrupt and incompetent ministers after...

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...

Macedonia 20.06.19 | 12:05

Zaev and Rama warn of bad things to come in the Balkans if they are not given a date to open EU accession talks

Speaking with the Financial Times, Zoran Zaev and Edi Rama warned that nationalists will gain strength in the Balkans if Macedonia and Albania are not allowed to open EU accession talks. Both countries were rejected at the meeting of the EU foreign ministers, when they asked to open accession talks during...

Macedonia 19.06.19 | 13:54

Zaev denies that seven EU member states opposed the opening of EU accession talks

Zoran Zaev denied the reports that seven EU member states were opposed to the opening of accession talks with Macedonia. Zaev used a street slang word to ask the critics of his Government not to “grumble” after his failure to win approval for the opening of EU accession talks. He initially...

Macedonia 18.06.19 | 20:36

Zaev is satisfied with the praise he received, insists accession talks will be approved in October

Following the decision of European ministers not to open accession talks with Macedonia during the summer and to postpone the discussion for October, Zoran Zaev insisted that this is still a “full recognition” of his efforts. While the outcome was lacking, Zaev insisted that the words of...

Macedonia 18.06.19 | 13:55

Zaev offered Sela’s party a minor seat in the Government, news site reports

The Almakos Albanian language news site reports that Zoran Zaev offered a minor seat in the Government to the Alliance of Albanians, the opposition Albanian party led by Ziadin Sela. Zaev is about to announce the changes to his Government in a matter of days, and according to Almakos, he offered Sela...

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 17.06.19 | 12:30

Zaev says he dreams of full EU membership between 2025 and 2030

In a couple of interviews in Germany, Zoran Zaev and Nikola Dimitrov announce that they expect Macedonia to become a member of the European Union between 2025 and 2030. In his Handelsblatt interview, Zaev moves to assure the German public that Macedonia will likely not become a member of the EU before...

Macedonia 17.06.19 | 10:13

Zaev says he will replace up to eight ministers

Following the SDSM Central Committee meeting in Ohrid, Zoran Zaev announced that he will purge up to eight ministers and a number of lower level Government officials. SDSM also rotated well known party officials into the Executive Committee, with a few modest additions. Zaev defended the idea to backtrack...

Macedonia 17.06.19 | 10:04

Zaev runs away from early elections, says a few more months wait for EU accession talks are no big deal

Zoran Zaev retreated from his pledge to call for early elections after the loss of the promised June date to open accession talks. After the meeting of the Central Committee of his SDSM party, he announced that there will be no early elections. We decided to continue with the process of reconstruction...

News 16.06.19 | 20:44

Zaev retreats from his pledge to allow early elections

Zoran Zaev retreated from his pledge to call for early elections after the loss of the promised June date to open accession talks. After the meeting of the Central Committee of his SDSM party, he announced that there will be no early elections. We decided to continue with the process of reconstruction...

Macedonia 16.06.19 | 16:07

Message to Zaev: Please stop with the broken English

The cringe-worthy moment Zoran Zaev had during a conference in Austria yesterday, when in his Tarzan English he compared Europe to a sexy lady, sparked waves of expressions of embarrassment across the social media. Please don’t speak English any more. Please, I beg you, former Culture Minister...

Macedonia 15.06.19 | 20:52

Zaev tells European officials that EU should maintain its sex appeal toward Balkan countries

Zoran Zaev attended the Wachau Europe forum today in Austria, where he pushed EU officials to approve the opening of accession talks with Macedonia. Zaev’s most memorable statement from the conference was that “Europe need to remain more sexipil, sex appeal lady in the world to motivate us...

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