Author Archives: Sasko Golov

Political reactions to Name row Agreement in Macedonia continue

“I strongly believe in the name agreement,” PM Zoran Zaev said following the government’s session on Thursday which had seen the deal with Athens unanimously adopted. As he added, with a clear and recognised identity for the Macedonian nation’s individuality, the issue is finally being closed, while the country’s future is being opened. The agreement has been declassified and available ...

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Commissioner Hahn once Again underlines Name deal’s Importance to region

In an interview with Austrian newspaper standard, the EU’s Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn, says that the name deal between Skopje and Athens is of importance to the whole region. According to him, the EU should deliver on the made promises. Hahn expects Macedonia to receive a green light for a start of the accession ...

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Name issue: Golden Dawn MP calls for Military coup in Greece

On Friday, the atmosphere during the Greek Parliament’s no-confidence vote over the name agreement reached a boiling point when Golden Dawn MP Konstantinos Barbarousis called on the military to arrest the country’s leaders for treason of national interests and called for them to be publicly liquidated in Prespa. “As the country’s political leadership is not legislating in the nation’s interests ...

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Name Issue: Greek PM Tsipras Survives No-confidence Motion

On Saturday, Greek PM Alexis Tsipras survived the no-confidence motion over the name agreement. Parliament rejected New Democracy’s initiative with a majority of 153 votes. The Greek PM said the name was good, adding that it was not true that he and FM Nikos Kotzias were traitors. In his view, it is actually New Democracy that creates new problems for ...

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President Ivanov not to Support and sign Name deal

“Today, the agreement reached between Zaev and Tsipras was submitted to me for insight for the first time. At the meeting with PM Zoran Zaev and FM Nikola Dimitrov, I told them this was a personal agreement of theirs, a personal decision of theirs and personal responsibility of theirs,” President Gjorge Ivanov said on Wednesday. According to him, the deal ...

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NATO Sec Gen: Membership invitation to Arrive once Name deal is Finalised

In an interview with MIA, NATO Sec Gen Jens Stoltenberg, asked about the procedure in terms of how Macedonia will get an invitation at the Summit in July, says that the Alliance has already made a decision that Macedonia will be invited once the name issue is resolved. As he adds, that decision was made in Bucharest in 2008. Stoltenberg ...

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Name deal: President Ivanov leaves Meeting with PM Zaev and FM Dimitrov

The meeting over the name deal that PM Zoran Zaev and FM Nikola Dimitrov had with President Gjorge Ivanov on Wednesday morning over the name issue lasted just 2 minutes. Ivanov stopped and left the meeting, refusing to listen to their arguments. According to the government, Zaev and Dimitrov had a constructive attempt to present and discuss the content of ...

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Hahn: President Ivanov should Act responsibly Regarding name Issue

According to the EU’s Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn, it’s improper for a president to refuse to talk with a PM, an FM in order to get first-hand information. “I think the PM and the FM were fully respecting the constitutional instructions and I can only call on the President urgently to assume responsibility. This ...

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Skopje and Athens to Most likely Publish name Deal simultaneously

The Macedonian and Greek governments will most likely publish the text of the agreement on the name at the same time, perhaps as early as Thursday. In the meantime, parts of the deal appeared in Greece’s media on Wednesday as a non-paper submitted by Greek governmental sources, which were dismissed in Skopje as interpretations not matching the items of the ...

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PM Zaev: Name issue Deal reached – name ‘Republic of North Macedonia’

A solution to the name issue has been reached, PM Zoran Zaev said at a press-conference on Tuesday. ‘The Republic of North Macedonia’ will be the new name for overall use that will be specified with a constitutional amendment, according to him. “Resolving the dispute with Greece, we are building friendship that has never been greater. We are building a ...

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