Archive for the ‘Macedonia’ Category

Bulgaria to green ligh Macedonia’s EU accession when the country starts showing a “good neighbor” attitude

Monday, April 22, 2013 Comments Off

Bulgaria will give the green light to Macedonia’s EU accession when the country starts showing a “good neighbor” attitude, according to Bulgaria’s caretaker Prime Minister Marin Raykov.

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FYROM is not looking for conlicts with Bulgaria, says Foregin Minister

Thursday, April 18, 2013 Comments Off

FYROM has no interest in conflicts with Bulgaria, Nikola Poposki, FYROM Minister of Foreign Affairs said recently. FYROM has no territorial claims and presents no threat to

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Skopje does not need good neighborliness agreement with Sofia, says FM

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 Comments Off

A good neighborliness agreement between Skopje and Sofia is not necessary, Macedonian Foreign Minister Nikola Poposki said recently. “I believe it is not necessary. Good neighborliness cannot be created on paper, but with specific

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Catherine Ashton urges immediate solution for Macedonian name issue

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 Comments Off

EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton, who paid a visit to Macedonia on Tuesday, called for immediate solution of the name issue between Macedonia and Greece. I am encouraging both countries to use the efforts of UN envoy Matthew Nimetz. I am aware that this could be a difficult decision, […]

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EC releases progress report for Serbia and FYROM

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 Comments Off

The European Commission (EC) released its reports on progress made by Serbia, Kosovo and FYROM in their bids to join the EU. The EC approved a special report on FYROM maintaining its stance that FYROM should receive

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Skopje will not get an EU accession date for now

Monday, April 15, 2013 Comments Off

Skopje will not get a start date for negotiations for entry into the European Union, on account of the unresolved name problem with the country, according to diplomats in Brussels. A date was expected to be announced in June, but according

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Catherine Ashton starts Balkan tour

Monday, April 15, 2013 Comments Off

High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton is beginning her visit to the region on Monday with a trip to Montenegro. In Montenegro, Ashton is to meet with PM Milo Đukanović

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Greece is not happy with new FYROM name proposal

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 Comments Off

The Greek government appeared dissatisfied on Wednesday following the presentation of a new proposal regarding the name of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) in New York on Tuesday.

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Macedonia-EU dialog to resume on Tuesday

Friday, April 5, 2013 Comments Off

The dialog between Macedonia and the European Union will resume on Tuesday when European Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fule is to visit Skopje. Commissioner Fule will be accompanied by

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Next week is crucial for Macedonia’s European path, says Stefan Fule

Wednesday, April 3, 2013 Comments Off

Macedonia has one week to present its progress in terms of the European integration, so as European Commissioner Stefan Fule to work out a positive report for the country, which will not bury down country’s hopes for being given a date to launch the EU accession talks.

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UN mediator sets new round of discussions on Greek-Macedonian name issue

Tuesday, April 2, 2013 Comments Off

UN mediator in the Greek-Macedonian name issue, Matthew Nimitz, has set a new round of name issue talks this month. 

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Serbia and Macedonia discuss EU perspective

Monday, April 1, 2013 Comments Off

The parliament speakers of Serbia and Macedonia, Nebojša Stefanović and Trajko Veljanoski, say that their countries have met “all the conditions for EU entry”. The two officials, who met in Belgrade on Monday, concluded

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Bulgarian, Macedonian foreign ministries discuss bilateral cooperation

Monday, April 1, 2013 Comments Off

Representatives of the Bulgarian and Macedonian foreign ministries held a working meeting in the western Bulgarian town of Kyustendil on Friday and discussed the draft agreement on friendship, good neighborliness and cooperation between the two countries. The Macedonian Foreign Ministry announced that the next meeting of the working group would take place in Macedonia.

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Chairperson of the Macedonian Parliament visits Serbia

Monday, April 1, 2013 Comments Off

Chairperson of the Macedonian Parliament, Trajko Veljanovski, is on an official visit to Belgrade. Veljanovski’s cabinet said that the visit was organised in the frames

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Macedonia Ruling Party Takes Lead in Local Polls

Monday, March 25, 2013 Comments Off

Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski’s party is on course for victory in the municipal vote that was held after a political crisis, although the opposition has alleged foul play.Preliminary data released on Monday by Macedonia’s State Election Commission, DIK, showed that Gruevski’s main ruling VMRO DPMNE party had won the most votes in 54 municipalities, including […]

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Macedonia hopes for EU accession after peaceful elections

Monday, March 25, 2013 Comments Off

Macedonia, an EU candidacy country since 2005, has boosted its chance of accession after a peaceful election. The interior minister Gordan Jankuloska said, “We’ve probably had the best and cleanest elections so far.

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Howitt Upbeat About Resolution on Macedonia

Thursday, March 21, 2013 Comments Off

The European Parliament rapporteur, Richard Howitt, says Macedonia can expect a positive resolution from the Parliament, now the recent political crisis has been defused.Howitt said the European Parliament will vote on April 8 on a resolution that he compiled, and the country can expect another recommendation to the European Council of an immediate start to […]

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Macedonia Parties Abusing Election Campaign, NGOs Say

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 Comments Off

Politicians are routinely misusing public resources and offering electoral sweeteners to voters ahead of the March 24 polls, leading NGOs say.In its preliminary report on the campaign for the March 24 local election, Civil, a Skopje-based NGO, highlighted numerous violations of the campaign rules. Alleged abuses range from promises of state jobs in exchange for […]

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Skopje opposition leader to push for snap general elections

Monday, March 18, 2013 Comments Off

Leader of Macedonian oppositional party Social Democratic Union of Macedonia (SDSM), Branko Crvenkovski, will ask for calling snap parliamentary elections in Macedonia no matter what the results of the March 24 local elections. “If we are united, if we stay firm and if we are decided

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Macedonia Recalls Deportation of Jews to Camps

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 Comments Off

With the message that ‘It can be forgiven, but not forgotten,’ Macedonia on Monday marked the 70th anniversary of the deportation of the Jewish community to Nazi death camps.Representatives of the Community of the Jews in Macedonia, the Holocaust Fund of Macedonian Jews, the President, the government and other organizations laid flowers on Monday in […]

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Macedonia Govt to Get Baroque Look After Elections

Monday, March 11, 2013 Comments Off

The seat of the Macedonian government will get its promised Baroque façade shortly after the March 24 local elections, officials have said.After several delays, the Macedonian government’s Procurements Bureau said it was about to choose from among four domestic construction firms that have offered to carry out the revamp. “We are opening bids. We expect […]

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EC report on Macedonia to be presented on April 16

Monday, March 11, 2013 Comments Off

The European Commission will present its report on Macedonia on April 16. It depends on the report whether the country will get a starting date for accession negotiations with the European Union. The report will be announced a day after the second round of local elections in the country. The document

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Howitt: Early Elections Are Up to Macedonia

Wednesday, March 6, 2013 Comments Off

The deal that ended Macedonia’s political crisis foresees possible early elections – but only if the parties agree on it by autumn, the European Parliament Rapporteur on Macedonia.Richard Howitt told Balkan Insight that early general elections are up to parliament – after government and opposition came out with contradictory readings of the deal brokered on […]

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Macedonia Seeks Extradition of Mass Murder Suspects

Wednesday, March 6, 2013 Comments Off

Macedonia will soon file an extradition request to neighbouring Kosovo for two recently-arrested ethnic Albanians wanted for trial over high-profile killings near Skopje.The justice ministry said it expected to file a request to Kosovo in two or three days for the extradition of the two ethnic Albanians wanted for involvement in the murders of five […]

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Macedonia Violence Blamed on Election Campaign

Tuesday, March 5, 2013 Comments Off

Former officials suggested that heightened political tensions ahead of this month’s local elections helped to spark violent, ethnically-charged protests in Skopje.Some former leading Macedonian government figures blamed current political leaders for fanning ethnic intolerance which spilled over into street clashes with riot police on Friday and Saturday, but said they didn’t believe that the incidents […]

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Local Election Campaign Gets Underway in Macedonia

Monday, March 4, 2013 Comments Off

The campaign for the March 24 vote began on Monday after a last-minute political deal ensured that the Macedonian opposition reversed its boycott pledge.The agreement on Friday ended the opposition’s parliamentary boycott as well as ensuring its participation in the municipal race later this month, after a political crisis that has threatened to derail the […]

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Macedonia Leaders Condemn Skopje Ethnic Riots

Monday, March 4, 2013 Comments Off

Politicians expressed revulsion after two days of violent, ethnically-charged protests gripped the capital, sparked by the controversial appointment of an ex-guerrilla as defence minister.Skopje was calm again on Monday after the unrest on Friday and Saturday that saw riot police use tear gas and armoured vehicles during clashes with protesters that caused dozens of injuries […]

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Last-Ditch Efforts Made to Solve Macedonia Crisis

Thursday, February 28, 2013 Comments Off

International representatives are stepping up pressure for a last-minute compromise to end Macedonia’s political crisis and re-start the stalled EU accession process.In a final attempt to end Macedonia’s politicial crisis, the European Parliament rapporteur on Macedonia, Richard Howitt, is due to arrive in Skopje on Thursday. He already visited the country in mid-February but left […]

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Flooding Wreaks Havoc in Parts of Macedonia

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 Comments Off

A man has died in the floods that have swept eastern and central Macedonia, cutting off villages and damaging farms and infrastructure.A 51-year-old man from the northeastern town of Kumanovo drowned on Tuesday, trying to cross a river that had overspilled, the authorities reported. Torrential rain for three days has caused flooding in many parts […]

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Macedonia Veterans Seek Referendum to Oust Defence Minister

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 Comments Off

A party representing war veterans has launched a campaign for a public vote to dismiss former ethnic Albanian fighter Talat Xhaferi from his new job as Macedonia’s defence chief.The small opposition party Dignity announced on Tuesday that it will start gathering the 150,000 signatures needed to support the referendum initiative against Xhaferi. The party said […]

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Macedonia Opposition Rejects Local Election Delay

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 Comments Off

The Social Democrat-led opposition has snubbed the government’s latest compromise proposal for overcoming the political crisis, calling it ‘hypocrisy’.Social Democrats on Monday said that the proposal for a one-week postponement of local elections slated for March 24 – giving them more time to submit lists of candidates – was hypocritical. “We are not boycotting the […]

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Macedonian Opposition Vows to Annul Poll Results

Monday, February 25, 2013 Comments Off

The opposition led by the Social Democrats says it wants to cancel the results of the March local elections which it has already vowed to boycott.In a five-point declaration adopted at a convention this weekend in the town of Kumanovo, the opposition gathered around the Social Democrats said it would “revise” and “annul” the results […]

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Macedonia Leaders Exchange Barbs in Reply to Fuele

Friday, February 22, 2013 Comments Off

Government and opposition leaders have blamed each other for Macedonia’s political impasse in replies to the EU Enlargement Commissioner’s appeal for an end to the crisis.Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski and the head of opposition Social Democrats, Branko Crvenkovski, confirmed having received letters from Stefan Fuele – but blamed each other for the continuing logjam. Gruevski […]

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Macedonian Journalist Returns Awards in Protest

Thursday, February 21, 2013 Comments Off

Zoran Ivanov said he was returning his journalistic prizes and quitting journalism after 40 years in protest against the growing politicisation and subversion of the media.Ivanov’s move comes after he was sacked from Alfa TV on Wednesday, and after the new Serbian owners of the former critically inclined outlet changed the editorial policy. “Vulgar daily […]

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Macedonian Hague Convict ‘Could be Freed Soon’

Thursday, February 21, 2013 Comments Off

The defence lawyer for Johan Tarculovski, the only Macedonian convicted of war crimes by the Hague Tribunal, said he could be given an early release as soon as next month.Tarculovski’s lawyer, Antonio Apostolski, said he had been informed by the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, ICTY, that the early release procedure was already […]

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