Monthly Archives: January 2020

Caretaker PM Spasovski Meets French Ambassador Thimonier

Caretaker PM Oliver Spasovski held a meeting on Thursday with French Ambassador Christian Thimonier. Hope was expressed that the caretaker Cabinet would focus on providing fair and democratic elections, as was an expectation that the reform processes would continue actively. The government, according to Spasovski, will work dynamically. “We’re committed to the progress continuing in all segments possible. Our orientation ...

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Defence Minister Comments on Latest Developments Related to Iran

At this time, there’s no reason for concern over the presence of NGOs in Macedonia connected to Iran because Macedonia is not a point of interest for them, according to Defence Minister Radmila Shekerinska. As she said on Thursday, Skopje’s diplomatic relations with Teheran are very modest, but not as complicated as Iran’s open issue with Albania. The previous day, ...

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OSCE Mission underlines Importance of Hate-free Elections

“Pre-election periods are times when countries are particularly vulnerable to discriminatory speech and intolerance, which can have serious consequences,” the OSCE Mission to Skopje said on Thursday. As it was pointed out, data collected by it and local CSOs during the past seven years shows that hate crime incidents historically increase in the country during pre-election periods, especially on the ...

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Road Conditions, 10.01.2020

Poor driving conditions are reported throughout the country on mostly wet roads. Certain roadways passing through valleys and canyons can be susceptible to light rockslides, such as Kocani – Makedonska Kamenica – Delcevo, Vinica – Berovo, Gostivar – Straza, Mavrovo – Debar – Struga, Demir Kapija – Udovo, Katlanovo – Veles, Krusevo – Demir Hisar, and Resen – Bukovo. Motorists ...

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Reactions to Latest Developments in TNT Case Continue

Commenting on the latest letters in the TNT case, the Criminal Court urged, in a press-release on Wednesday, relevant institutions (the Bar Chamber, the Interior Ministry, but also the Prosecutor’s Office) to take appropriate measures and investigate the elements of “threats and pressures” directed at the Court and the Lay Judge in order to protect the independence and impartiality in ...

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VMRO-DPMNE Continues to Call for Dismissal of Smailovic and Bojarovski

“Instead of writing empty pamphlets on social media, Zoran Zaev should immediately dismiss Mersiha Smailovic from her position in SDSM and Zoran Bojarovski as Adviser to the PM,” VMRO-DPMNE Executive Committee member Dafina Stojanoska said on Wednesday. She added that the anti-Semitism and hate speech of officials from SDSM “mustn’t go unpunished”.  Stojanoska stated that the empty condemnation without concrete ...

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UMD and Zuroff Critical of Reactions to Rashela Mizrahi

The United Macedonian Diaspora has condemned the reactions on social media to the new Minister of Labour and Social Policy, Rashela Mizrahi. “Anti-Semitic attacks and rhetoric have no place in any society, especially in places like #Macedonia. We condemn the comments made via social media against the first-ever #Macedonian #Jewish cabinet minister over the weekend, Rashela Mizrahi. We are a ...

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Parties React to Impact of Formation of Government in Spain on NATO Road

The political developments in Spain are good news for all political parties in Macedonia. SDSM is calling on the opposition to be responsible, while VMRO-DPMNE is saying it will support the ratification of the NATO Protocol in order for the ruling structure not to have excuses. “It’s good and motivating for us that Spain has managed to form a government. ...

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Road Conditions, 09.01.2020

Poor driving conditions are reported throughout the country on mostly wet roads. Certain roadways passing through valleys and canyons can be susceptible to light rockslides, such as Kocani – Makedonska Kamenica – Delcevo, Vinica – Berovo, Gostivar – Straza, Mavrovo – Debar – Struga, Demir Kapija – Udovo, Katlanovo – Veles, Krusevo – Demir Hisar, and Resen – Bukovo. Motorists ...

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Caretaker Government Holds First Session

On Saturday, the caretaker Cabinet held its first session. Caretaker PM Oliver Spasovski didn’t lose time and decided on the three Deputy PMs that Zoran Zaev had. However, instead of Kocho Angjushev, Mila Carovska, former Minister of Labour of Social Policy, is the Deputy PM for Economic Affairs. Bujar Osmani remains Deputy PM for Economic Affairs. Nakje Chulev, Interior Minister ...

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