Tag: zaharieva
Macedonia 17.05.21 | 12:02

Zaharieva warns that Bulgaria will closely monitor the census in Macedonia

Former Bulgarian Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva, who vetoed Macedonia from opening EU accession talks, said that the country must closely monitor the coming census in Macedonia. She insisted that after over 120,000 Macedonian citizens took a dual Bulgarian passport, this must be reflected in the...

Macedonia 19.03.21 | 23:02

Zaharieva blames Macedonia of mistreating Bulgarian citizens and stealing Bulgarian songs

Bulgarian Foreign Affairs Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva accused Macedonia of mistreating its citizens who identify as Bulgarians. Her comment was likely meant to be a response in the controversy over Vasil Garvanliev, who was named to represent Macedonia at the Eurovision song contest. The little known...

Macedonia 03.03.21 | 15:49

Osmani issues congratulations on the day Bulgaria celebrates its liberation from the Turks – and planned absorption of Macedonia

Foreign Minister Bujar Osmani congratulated to Bulgaria on its national holiday even though it celebrates the creation of San Stefano Bulgaria in 1878 – which was meant to include Macedonia within its border. The Greater Bulgaria project was promoted by Russia at the time as a victorious Russia...

Macedonia 25.02.21 | 13:11

Zaharieva to Macedonia: EU is not Yugoslavia, don’t expect that somebody will force us to relent

In a TV interview, Bulgarian Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva said that Macedonia should not expect that other greater powers will pressure Bulgaria to relent. This comes after a German push was rejected and Macedonian officials began to put their hopes in the Biden – Harris administration. “They...

Macedonia 25.02.21 | 09:48

Lot of movement in the dispute with Bulgaria, but little is being shared with the public

While the Macedonian public was breathlessly watching the Saso Mijalkov drama, a lot of activity seems to be going on in the relations with Bulgaria. Several high level visits were exchanged in a week, the latest being the trip of Foreign Minister Bujar Osmani to Sofia. Zaev’s envoy to Bulgaria...

Macedonia 16.02.21 | 19:42

Zahareiva claims that Macedonia began avoiding implementation of the 2017 treaty as soon as it joined NATO

Bulgarian Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva gave an interview for the Zoom news site in which she said that Macedonia began to avoid implementation of the 2017 Zaev – Borisov treaty after it became a NATO member state. Bulgaria and Greece were first to ratify Macedonia’s NATO membership...

Macedonia 15.02.21 | 21:11

Zaev rejects Zaharieva’s claim that parties in Macedonia are spreading hatred toward Bulgaria

Prime Minister Zoran Zaev dismissed claims from Bulgarian Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva that politics in Macedonia is based on spreading hatred toward Bulgaria and that is what elections are won on. Zaev insisted that his SDSM party does not spread hatred toward Bulgaria. I expect our neighbors...

Macedonia 10.02.21 | 13:06

Zaharieva fires back after Zaev’s criticism, accuses him of “educating entire generations to hate Bulgaria”

Bulgarian Foreign Minister Ekaterian Zaharieva shot back at Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, after Zaev condemned the Bulgarian veto as an “unprincipled move” in an online conference with the Atlantic Council, and said that Bulgaria is acting contrary to international law. Is it principled to educate...

Macedonia 02.02.21 | 22:55

Zaharieva asked why doesn’t Bulgaria give Serbia the same treatment it gives to Macedonia

Bulgarian Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva was asked by a journalist why does the country veto Macedonia from opening EU accession talks, but doesn’t also stop Serbia, with whom Bulgaria has a long standing rivalry. In response, Zaharieva acknowledged that Sofia has a different position on...

Macedonia 30.01.21 | 18:07

Zoran Ivanov insults Bulgarian Foreign Minister Zaharieva again, this time over the teaching of Serbian in Macedonia

Journalist and outspoken SDSM party supporter Zoran Ivanov, who was recently fired by the Government as head of the Oversight Board of the MIA state run news agency for ugly insults aimed at the top diplomats of Bulgaria and Greece, is at it again. After Bulgarian Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva...

Macedonia 29.01.21 | 10:33

Zaharieva accuses Macedonia of seeking closer ties with Serbia

Bulgarian Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva condemned Zoran Zaev for his announcement that he will reintroduce Serbian language studies in elementary schools. “Macedonia clearly hasn’t severed ties with Serbia”, she said. Zaev’s nod to Serbia reveals the extent of Bulgaria’s...

Macedonia 13.01.21 | 09:46

If Bulgarian positions change after the elections, they could become even worse for Macedonia, Zaharieva warns Zaev

In a TV interview, Bulgarian Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva said that Macedonia should not hope that Bulgarian positions will change after the March general election. There is a misconception that something will change. If there is a change, it could be to the worse for them, Zaharieva said, adding...

Macedonia 21.12.20 | 22:31

Zaharieva says that other EU member states are not happy to see Macedonia join

Bulgarian Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva hinted that the country is not alone in its blockade of Macedonia’s EU accession talks. Bulgaria wants to see Macedonia a member state of the EU more than other EU member states and trans-oceanic countries, but our support is not unconditional. Not...

Macedonia 20.12.20 | 14:52

Nikoloski: The fact that no Macedonians sought Bulgarian passports before it joined the EU proves this is an economic, not ethnic issue

Responding to comments from Bulgarian Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva about the tens of thousands of Macedonians who sought Bulgarian citizenship, VMRO-DPMNE Vice President Aleksandar Nikoloski said that this only happened after Bulgaria gained EU membership. This made the Bulgarian passport highly...

Macedonia 20.12.20 | 10:41

Zaharieva insists that pressure from other EU countries won’t dissuade Bulgaria, calls on Pendarovski to stop misrepresenting the dispute

Bulgarian Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva advised Macedonia to stop trying to get other European countries to pressure Bulgaria in the growing historic dispute. Germany tried to intervene in the dispute, and after it failed, Slovakia and the Czech Republic blocked Bulgaria’s attempt to force...

Macedonia 15.12.20 | 13:34

Zaharieva blames Macedonia for discriminating against Bulgarians and honoring Tito

Bungarian Foreign Minister Ekatarina Zaharieva gave an interview to the German Die Welt newspaper in which she discussed the dispute between Macedonia and Bulgaria. In the interview, Zaharieva insisted that it is Macedonia’s fault for discriminating ethnic Bulgarians, for honouring Yugoslav dictator...

Macedonia 09.12.20 | 17:00

It was not a veto, Zaharieva claims, Macedonia was simply not a topic

Bulgarian Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva insisted that she did not veto the opening of EU accession talks with Macedonia, but that the proposal simply wasn’t put on the table. Zaharieva held a joint press conference with former Macedonian Prime Minister Vlado Buckovski, who is Zaev’s envoy...

Macedonia 03.12.20 | 10:42

Zaharieva and Dendias discussed the EU enlargement toward the Balkans

Bulgarian Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva spoke with her Greek colleague Nikos Dendias about the enlargement of the EU toward the Balkans. The phone call comes at a time when Bulgaria is blocking Macedonia from opening EU accession talks, while Greece is one of the countries that is blocking Albania. Zaharieva...

Macedonia 20.11.20 | 11:41

Ilievski: Zaharieva gets upset for insults said in a language that doesn’t exist

In a sarcastic comment, protest organizer and former political prisoner of the Zaev regime Bogdan Ilievski  called out Bulgarian Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva for her hypocrisy regarding hateful comments between the two countries. Zaharieva reacted against a vile comment from journalist and Zaev...

News 19.11.20 | 12:05

Hate speech against Bulgaria is the main reason for the veto, Zaharieva says after vile comments aimed at her by a Zaev regime official

Bulgarian Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva said that Bulgaria can’t keep enduring hate speech from Macedonia and that this is the reason why it blocked the opening of EU accession talks with Macedonia. Her comment comes after an outspoken supporter of the Zaev regime, who is an official of...

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