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Parliament Determines Need to Adopt Law Ratifying Name Deal

On Tuesday, Parliament determined the need to adopt the law for ratification of the Skopje-Athens name agreement.  110 MPs attended the session. 69 voted in favour, while 40 were against. FM Nikola Dimitrov explained before parliamentarians the need to adopt the law in a shortened procedure. The adoption deadline is 22 June 2018. As Dimitrov said, it’s more than necessary ...

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Protests Against Name Deal Staged During Parliamentary Session

During the session which saw Parliament determine the need to adopt the law for ratification of the Skopje-Athens name agreement, the protests against the deal continued. Once VMRO-DPMNE left Parliament’s work, protesters headed to the opposition party’s HQ, urging party leader Hristijan Mickoski to, as they said, to bring VMRO-DPMNE to the streets.  Mickoski received protesters’ representatives. “I will support ...

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Greek FM Kotzias Denies Information about Debt-Name Process Correlation

Greek FM Nikos Kotzias denies the more and more present information that the government in Athens rushed to sign the name agreement with its northern neighbour in exchange for a part of Greece’s debt being forgiven. “We didn’t give anything in order to get something in return. We made a best deal in which we took our and their interests ...

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PM Zaev: Gruevski agreed to ‘Upper Macedonia’

In Tuesday’s interview with the Truth only show on Kanal 5 TV, PM Zoran Zaev discussed the name process, as well as previous and current developments related to the dispute. During the name issue negotiations in 2012 and 2013, then-PM Nikola Gruevski agreed to the name “Upper Macedonia”, but Greece rejected that because it was provoked by the antiquisation and ...

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Target-Fortress Case: Procedure for Gordana Jankuloska Separated

On Tuesday, the Criminal Court separated the procedure against former Interior Minister Gordana Jankuloska, who is a defendant in the Target-Fortress case, opened by the Special Prosecutor’s Office. The institution headed by Special Katica Janeva requested for her to be tried in a separate procedure because she is pregnant. The procedure for fugitives Goran Grujevski and Nikola Boskoski, who are ...

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Government adopts Draft law for Ratification of name Agreement

The government adopted on Monday the draft law for ratification of the name agreement with Greece. The document was submitted to Parliament. Once it passes the parliamentary filter, it will be submitted to President Gjorge Ivanov, who will have seven days to sign it. The President has already said he will not accept a constitutional change aiming at a change ...

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Greek FM Kotzias describes Greece and Macedonia as Friends

The reactions to the latest developments related to the name issue in Greece continued in Greece. Greek FM Nikos Kotzias considers that a deal without compromise is reached only in a time of war. “We are not at war with the neighbouring country. We are friends. The ones that are now protesting in Greece are the ones that welcome the ...

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Interior Ministry explains Situation during Sunday’s protest

24 people involved in Sunday’s protest outside Parliament ended up in Skopje’s clinics without serious injuries. 12 people with breathing problems due to the tear gas were admitted to St. Naum of Ohrid University Clinic of Surgical Diseases. After the examination, they were released. Another 12 ended up in the Emergency Centre with lighter injuries. Only two had leg cuts ...

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Reactions to events During Sunday’s protest

SDSM said on Monday it condemned the violence that had occurred the previous day during the protests outside Parliament, the attacks on journalists, camera operators and police officers that had been trying to prevent people from storming Parliament. As the party added, though every person has a right to protest and express their stand, Sunday saw hate speech, calls for ...

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Bulgarian FM: Macedonia deserves to be Given clear European perspective

Macedonia deserves to be given a clear European perspective, Bulgarian FM Ekaterina Zakharieva says in an interview with Bulgarian TV station NOVA. She expects the General Affairs Council to give a green light to Macedonia at the start of next week for a start of accession negotiations. According to Zakharieva, the topic of enlargement will be discussed at the Council ...

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