Tag: Zaev
Macedonia 11:19

Zaev meets Hahn in Davos

At the elitist retreat in Davos, Zoran Zaev is expected to meet with European Commissioner Johannes Hahn, the Macedonian Government informed. Zaev will also meet with Slovenian Prime Minister Marjan Sarec, German Healthcare Minister Jens Spahn, Google representatives and other political and business...

News 11:50

Zaev opens door to additional constitutional amendments and concessions to ethnic Albanians

Prime Minister Zoran Zaev announced additional amendments to the Constitution with more concessions to his growing ethnic Albanian base, where he competes for votes against the DUI, AA and BESA parties, as ethnic Macedonians turn their back on him. Speaking with the Albanian language Alsat TV, Zaev said...

Macedonia 17:24

Haradinaj meets Zaev, calls him the “Prime Minister of North Macedonia”

Kosovan Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj met with Zoran Zaev today, and refered to him as the “Prime Minister of North Macedonia”. I congratulated him on his success with the Prespa treaty which clearly opens the Euro-Atlantic perspective for the citizens of the neighboring country, the former...

Macedonia 20:07

One of Zaev’s own members of Parliament is blackmailing him for her vote, Expres reports

Expres.mk reports that a member of Parliament from the SDSM led coalition conditioned her vote for the amendments on the Constitution that rename Macedonia into North Macedonia and asked for a seat in the Government. We would’ve understood her if it was a principled, national position. But, it...

Economy 09:19

After “Project Fear” Zaev now promises “giant investments” if name change deal is approved

After threatening Macedonians with war if the deal with Greece is not approved in Parliament, is Zoran Zaev now trying to gain public support for the so-called Prespa treaty by promising major new investments. All indicators show that 2019 will be the year of economic growth. If we catch the EU and NATO...

Economy 17:22

World Bank pours cold water on Zaev’s economic growth hopes

The latest World Bank report on “Global Economic Perspectives” finds that Macedonia will fall far short of the rosy growth expectations pushed forward by Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, who said that we’ll grow by 5 percent, “God willing”. But, according to the WB report, Macedonia...

Macedonia 12:23

Zaev meets ethnic Albanian party leaders who remain doubtful on the “North Macedonia” amendments

Prime Minister Zoran Zaev is set to meet with Bilal Kasami, leader of the ethnic Albanian BESA party, as it threatened to pull its support for the amendments that rename Macedonia into North Macedonia. BESA has five members of Parliament, but it is uncertain how many of them would listen to Kasami’s...

Economy 00:16

Rosy press conference on the economy from Zaev in front of skeptical journalists

Prime Minister Zoran Zaev made a long list of promises on Thursday, after largely failing to gain traction on the economic promises of his election campaign. Regarding his promise of increasing the average salary to 500 EUR, Zaev said that it will happen, but by the end of his term in office. Meanwhile...

Economy 00:06

Zaev: The reintroduction of progressive taxation is mostly a symbolic measure

Prime Minister Zoran Zaev tried to reassure the business community over the latest tax hikes, saying that the reintroduction of progressive taxation, after a decade of economic growth under a low and flat tax regime, is mostly a symbolic measure. In a press conference alongside Finance Minister Dragan...

Macedonia 20:21

Gjorcev: We need a presidential candidate who will articulate the growing dissatisfaction with Zoran Zaev

VMRO-DPMNE official Vladimir Gjorcev believes that 2019 can be a year to restore hope in Macedonia, seeing the coming presidential elections as the first step when the citizens will be able to re-assert themselves. It is important that VMRO-DPMNE has a presidential candidate who will be able to galvanize...

Economy 12:33

Zaev says the economy will pick up – once we reach 2005

After a disappointing economic year and the gaffe promising that the economy will pick up in the “third half” of 2018, Prime Minister Zoran Zaev made another promise that things are about to brighten up – in 2005. I expect the growth rate to reach 4 percent in 2019. Our ultimate goal...

Economy 15:01

SDSM and DUI want to double the number of managers of public companies

SDSM and DUI are proposing a new major expansion of public sector management, under which every public institution must have a deputy manager. The proposal was made jointly by Aleksandar Kiracovski and Blagoja Trpevski from SDSM and Rexhep Ismaili from DUI. These two ruling parties often divide the management...

Economy 15:19

Zaev unable to name three infrastructure investment projects he began in his year and half as Prime Minister

During a TV interview on Tuesday, Prime Minister Zoran Zaev was unable to name a single infrastructure invesment started during his now year and a half in office. Pressed by journalist Fatmir Aliu, Zaev quickly named the Skopje – Blace highway, which will connect Macedonia to Kosovo and is high...

Macedonia 15:03

Zaev blames Vucic, Orban and Mickoski for Gruevski’s escape

In a TV interview, Prime Minister Zoran Zaev again accused the leaders of Serbia and Hungary Aleksandar Vucic and Viktor Orban in helping former Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski leave the country. This time, Zaev also accused current VMRO-DPMNE leader Hristijan Mickoski. Asked how was it possible that...

Macedonia 12:47

Zaev again denies planning to run for President

Prime Minister Zoran Zaev again denied that he plans to run for President in the coming elections in April, even after a TV station close to him pushed a poll showing him in the lead ahead of other potential SDSM party candidates. – I will not run and I end this debate, said Zaev during a TV appearance....

Macedonia 12:26

Zaev admits the amnesty law was passed to rename Macedonia, says he still doesn’t have the necessary votes

Prime Minister Zoran Zaev acknowledged that he still doesn’t have the necessary two thirds majority in Parliament to pass the amendments meant to rename Macedonia into North Macedonia, and admitted that the amnesty law was introduced to help him get the votes. I expect to pay a political price...

Macedonia 21:45

Zaev asks Parliament to replace two less known ministers

Prime Minister Zoran Zaev asked Parliament to dismiss two lesser known ministers Aksel Ahmedovski and Adnan Kahil, who represent the Roma and the Turk community in the Government. Ahmedovski is being replaced with Muzafer Bajram, who will be in charge of implementing the strategy to improve living standards...

Macedonia 15:40

Sullivan tells Macedonia to ratify the name change and work to counter Russian influence

US Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan called on Macedonia to ratify the Prespa treaty and change its name into North Macedonia in order to join NATO and the European Union. – The United States strongly support full implementation of the Prespa agreement which will allow Macedonia to take its...

Macedonia 20:51

Arab Spring Nobel prize recipient will nominate Zaev and Tsipras for the award

Tunisian businesswoman Wided Bouchamaoui, one of the recipients of the 2015 Nobel peace prize, will nominate Zoran Zaev and Alexis Tsipras for the award because of them pushing the Prespa treaty to rename Macedonia. Bouchamaoui is in Skopje to be promoted as an honorary doctor at the FON university,...

Economy 20:09

Zaev says Facebook and Google are waiting for Macedonia to join EU and NATO before they decide on their investments, Milososki responds

Asked about what happened with his promise that Facebook and Google will invest in Macedonia, Prime Minister Zoran Zaev said that it may happen, but is mainly conditional to changing the name of the country. VMRO-DPMNE member of Parliament Antonio Milososki mockingly responded to Zaev in Parliament,...